The Rolling Stone cover
Yowser, I don't watch teen vampire shows, but the cover of Rolling Stone makes it look like they're about gorgeous naked hunky MFM threesomes. Warning: Don't click if you're squicked by blood.
I mean, if these people were ever to give me the wink (like hell freezes over) I would insist they go wash up. Talk about exchange of body fluids.
On True Blood the vamps aren't actually poly, more's the pity. They're just wild. Or so I grok from a little internet research.
Of course the Rolling Stone cover is causing a stir, and some news outlets are refusing to display it. That's the idea, right? Publicity?
The thing to understand here is that threesomes (or rather hints and suggestive images of threesomes) have become a hot ticket in pop culture — as ABC News reported last December and I expanded upon at the time. That was a few months after the national ruckus over the Calvin Klein foursome ad looming five stories over New York.
Oh, you want to read the Rolling Stone article? Sorry, you can only get a teaser unless you subscribe (issue dated Sept. 2, 2010).
Me and members of Open Love NY (www.openloveny.com) just did an email interview on threesomes with the New York editor for the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. The interest in threesomes could be a good opportunity to introduce the idea that with multi-partner relationships, like with multi-partner sexual encounters, there are right ways and wrong ways to go about it.
When did exchange of bodily fluids become wrong? I certainly don't ever want to see blood, because I find it gross no matter what is being done with it, but that doesn't mean I can make it wrong for others who do like to see blood. That's like saying that someone who is menstruating can't have sex because that's just icky. Which is talked about in detail on the Ms. Magazine blog.
> When did exchange of bodily fluids become wrong?
Um, define "wrong." If you care about catching or spreading STDs, in particular HIV, hepatitis B and C and so on, then yes, unsafe blood contact with new people (without testing all around and a waiting period) is definitely wrong. Your concern for safer sex means that fluid bonding is a Big Deal that has to be entered into carefully.
If on the other hand you don't care about getting HIV, hep C, etc. or spreading them to other people, then I think then a different version of "wrong" applies.
Hey Alan, just for the record, True Blood is definitely not a teen vampire show - it is a very adult program on HBO. There certainly *are* teen vamp programs (Vampire Diaries, Moonlight), but this isn't one of 'em, no way.
Although it is true that the Vampires PolySexual than Polyamorus, the main character made an appeal to her two (male) romantic interests in this weeks episode that could have come straight from a pro poly piece of literature. Granted it was part of a dream sequence, but she literally requested not just that they be hers in a physical relationship, but confessed true love for both of them, then went on to complain that men seem to have no issues with the fantasy of two women, and said it was an unfair double standard. While I wish it were not a fantasy sequence easily backed out of, I have to say it was a refreshing piece of dialog (monologue-ing? whichever).
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