Open Marriage Pro and Con on Tyra Banks
The Tyra Banks Show this morning (Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008) ran a segment titled "They're Married, but They Sleep with Other People!" Tyra Banks is a daytime-TV talk show host with a reputation as being not quite as dumb and insipid as others.
Among the show's guests were several successful poly folks and two of our best spokespeople: Birgitte Philippides of Polyamorous NYC, and Jenny Block, author of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage. Also featured was a survivor of an open marriage gone bad.
I didn't see the show (yet). It should eventually be available online.
Meanwhile, as Jenny puts it, the show's comment site is "burning up." Take a look, and chip in!
For the record, here's the show's promo description:
They're married, but they're dating other people! Meet couples who tied the knot, but still have sex with other partners! First, Tyra talks to Kamala and Michael, a married couple who loves their open relationship -- even embracing each other's additional sexual partners! But it's all not all fun and games as guest Kelly reflects on her experiences with open relationships, and why she's now totally opposed to the lifestyle. Finally, engaged couple Monique and Keith ask their unsuspecting friend to join them in an open relationship!
Update: Anita Wagner describes the show in detail on her Practical Polyamory blog. Her conclusion:
The bottom line is that there were no train wrecks here and I don't think we could have asked for this one to have turned out any better.
Update: Now you can watch it on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.