Polyamory in the News!
. . . by Alan M.



February 26, 2014

It's out: "The Ethical Slut, an Alternative Love Story," the webseries.



Remember filmmaker Ben Fritz's Kickstarter campaign last year for his Ethical Slut webseries? Now you can watch all of Season 1.

Filmed in Madison, Wisconsin, it's "inspired by" the classic poly and open-relationship guidebook by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy (and has their blessing). Fritz and his crew have posted Season 1, with 12 short (mostly 5- to 8-minute) episodes. And, he announced earlier this month, "Season 2 is in post-production, and Season 3 starts filming this week!"

Trailer, aka Episode 1 (3:42):



Episode 2 (7:37):



Here are all episodes of Season 1.

Director's description:


Dotty, a marriage therapist, sees couples who don't appreciate each other. When her friend Jackie confesses to cheating on her husband, she's motivated to find alternative ways people organize relationships. Is it possible to have all the sex, love, and affection you can dream of, without the shame and guilt?

The Ethical Slut is the official handbook to polyamorous living. It's a no-holds-barred guide for anyone who dreams of a world beyond conventional relationships. A slut is anyone of any gender who has the courage to lead a life according to the principals that sex is nice and pleasure is good for you. Dotty and Jackie, two friends in Madison, Wisconsin, find The Ethical Slut when they discover that convention relationships aren't working in their lives. Dotty, a marriage therapist, wants to find new ways of helping her clients organize satisfying lives and challenge herself to keep growing. Jackie, a successful real estate agent, has found a new zest for life in a newly awakened sexuality, but finds it conflicts with her old life. Together, with the aid of The Ethical Slut, they begin to explore the wide world or relationships, and the infinite possibilities. The series is shot in Madison, Wisconsin and many of Madison's favorite locations and businesses are represented. We are always seeking support and donations to keep our series going.


The show's Facebook page.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Tara Shakti-Ma said...

I watched the show all the way through and have to say that it's merely tolerable.

The character called "Jackie" is extremely annoying....or maybe it's the exaggerated acting...or both. I'm just glad when she's not in a scene.

The character of Dottie is equally annoying....and her acting is only slightly better.

Right now what we've seen is a therapist who knows nothing about polyamory (with the exception of what she's read in a book), has advised her friend (who has been in a sexless and fairly emotionaless marriage, and who has been having an affair) to be honest with her husband and attempt polyamory. So here we have a therapist with no poly-literacy suggesting something that is highly advised against in actual poly culture - "Do not embark on the path of multiple relationships in a leaky boat....and most of all do not invite others onto a boat that is already leaking."

I hope it gets better and fast. One way to do that would be to can the current actresses, and come up with some better writing.

February 28, 2014 9:02 AM  
Blogger tosii2 said...

Regardless of the acting skills, etc, I think that the series depicts fairly well what a lot of people go through in their journey which might lead to polyamory. It, in some ways at least, illustrates some of the examples in the book. It certainly isn't a 'how to' do polyamory, but is more of a morality play where there is a lesson (or lessons) learned.
Terry

March 04, 2014 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knowing there's likely to not be a lot of people chasing down the comments on this, thought I'd chime in just the same.

I think that there are some parallels between this series, and _Family_, the web series from Terisa Greenan. It's somewhat easier to do shorter, more focused episodes, I'd guess, and a "poly for beginners" is only going to resonate with some people. It's too bad that there haven't been five hundred views of each episode yet, but maybe it'll gain traction.

To a certain extent, it felt a lot more genuine than the reality series which made it to TV. But again, -that- is only going to resonate with some people, too.

In any case, I appreciate the effort that the production company put into it, and wanted to say so.



March 19, 2014 7:34 PM  

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