Polyamory in the News
. . . by Alan M.

October 20, 2009

Excellent TV report on the widening poly trend

"16:9, The Big Picture" (Canada)

"16:9 is a newsmagazine program on Global Television here in Canada," writes Heathen. "I thought this segment was not bad — pretty surface-level stuff, but not a bad presentation."

I'd say we couldn't ask for better! Titled "Love Affairs," it's a report on the widening interest in polyamory — accurate, perceptive, and nearly 9 minutes long. It features lots of engaging, intelligent polys who convey our messages well. No freak shows, no ignorant "experts." It spotlights some poly difficulties, and that's good; we really don't want the public getting the idea they can just dash into this and expect free-love rainbows and unicorns. The promo on the show's website is a bit mixed:

Imagine being in a COMMITTED relationship with more than one person. It’s called “Polyamory”: some claim it’s a license to cheat, while others are cheering on this so-called romantic revolution. 16:9 introduces you to the “Poly people”. See if relationships without borders can really work.

To that last question, the show's answer is a clear "yes." Included are Terisa Greenan and her partners Scott, Larry, and Matt; Vancouver alt-sexologist Danielle Duplassie; and Canadians Maureen Marovitch and David Finch, who made the poly documentary "When Two Won't Do" back in 2001 (they're older now but still looking good).

Watch the show (9 minutes; Oct. 18, 2009).

A couple of noteworthy bits:

"For reasons unknown, polyamory has catapulted into the spotlight in the last few months." [Thanks, all you reasons unknown, you know who you are. :) ]

"It's roughly estimated 1% of the population is now polyamorous." [No source is given for this; I suspect it's just somebody's guess.]

This blog gets flashed onscreen for a second! We're famous.

Join in the comments.

The show also hosted a live blog, on which a viewer asked Scott, "Do you think this type of relationship will catch on and become a norm unto itself?" He replied,

I think the notion is already getting more popular, or at least more well-known. Awareness of the concept is mainstreaming, even if the practice is still marginalized. Over time, I think mainstream awareness does gradually lead to greater acceptance, and eventually more practitioners. So yeah, I can see this becoming a "normal" subset of our culture.


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Anonymous Alan Stewart said...

Nothing to do with the post, but I am finding that webcomics often mention poly situations:


October 21, 2009 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see your site got its 2 seconds of fame. :-) I always enjoy the information you provide. Thank you.

October 22, 2009 8:55 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

You want webcomics? We got webcomics:


October 22, 2009 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention questionablecontent.net which has a few nonmonogamous characters, mentions polyamory, and has two of the main characters actively choosing monogamy with each other.

October 26, 2009 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh. You already mentioned that in your linked post. Woops!

October 26, 2009 7:22 PM  

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