"There's Always Room for More Love"
(Washington University in St. Louis)
A college newspaper presents (in its annual sex issue) an excellent introduction to what polyamory is about:
Imagine this: Melissa and John have been in an intimate relationship for two years. They are perfectly happy. One day, Melissa meets Michael, and begins to develop a deep attachment to him. She brings Michael home to John. All three sit down to talk and by the end all three are content with the outcomes.
Melissa is now in two relationships one with John and the other with Michael.
Wrong? Unnatural? Plain cheating? Perhaps to some, but for those engaged in such relationships, it is simply the most natural and right way that is, polyamory, the practice of multiple relationships.
...[Susan] Stiritz [a professor of women's and gender studies] attended a workshop on polyamory as part of a wider sex education conference held in St. Louis. As the only non-polyamorous person at the workshop, she learned a great deal from those around her. "These are very serious people," she said. "They're innovators in exploring how humans can connect.... They have developed their own techniques, insights that would help anybody understand how to give up jealousy. If you want to go to somebody who can work through marital difficulties, go to somebody who is polyamorous."
...Senior Josh Ellman, a member of Safe Zones, said that the group at Washington University held a panel on Tuesday, Feb. 12 that touched on issues including polyamory. The panel was made up of Washington University students and faculty, as well as others from the St. Louis community.
"They [spoke] about their experiences and what polyamory means to them. For Safe Zones, this is definitely something we want to learn more about and be able to educate other students on."...
Read the whole article (Feb. 13, 2008).