"Love: a four-letter, four-partner word"
Regulars on poly discussion sites know some longtime voices from New Zealand. Here, a local newspaper profiles a few.
By GILES BROWN The Press | 3 March 2008
Polyamory is a word that means many loves.
Put simply, it is about couples who enjoy intimacy with a third or more partners, including sex.
(Only about couples? Urk.)
And it is thriving in Christchurch.
But those who take part say there is only one problem jealousy.
(Only one problem?!! Eyeroll.)
...Sue, 42, and her male partner are part of Christchurch's polyamorist community a group larger than most would think.... Sue and her 48-year-old partner set up an internet chat forum for other Christchurch and New Zealand polyamorists in August last year, which has since grown to over 100 members.
Sue and her partner have five children under 12 and run a business in the city. The difference between them and other families is that they have a long-term relationship with another couple.
"There isn't a sexual focus," Sue said. "This is about an extended family."...
Read the article (which seems to be cut off partway through).
Never mind the reporter's errors. The important thing is that articles like this put the concept out there. A few readers will have a shock of recognition and will start googling the word, and it may change their lives forever. For the rest, such articles shows polys being good, careful, ethical people rather than the scummy creeps that many assume we must be. Articles like this are gradually making it easier to be out.