Poly ponderings in student newspapers
Kansas State Collegian
La Trobe University
● Writing on the future of marriage in the Brown Daily Herald, a student at Brown University in Rhode Island talks to six of her peers about their diverse family intentions. One intends a poly triad:
Brown women shape the new family
By Alexandra Ulmer
...New notions of family are growing in the United States, according to "The Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families," a report released by the Pew Research Center last week.
"How many of today's youth will eventually marry is an open question," according to the executive summary. "Even as marriage shrinks, family — in all its emerging varieties — remains resilient."...
A triad of childrearers
For Aida Manduley '11, Queer Alliance head chair and Queer Coordinating Committee leader, three is the ideal number. She would like her children to be raised communally — preferably by a triad. Manduley, who said she is queer and practices polyamory, feels that society is too focused on matrimony to the detriment of other valid alternatives.
"I don't feel marriage is necessary to have a stable life or to have a long, fulfilling relationship," she said.
While Manduley said she remains open to marriage, the idea of non-monogamy is more appealing to her at the moment. But Manduley's family, which lives in her native Puerto Rico, isn't as enthused about her alternative ideas.
They expect her to maintain a career and a family, which Manduley also desires — albeit in a different structure. "But there's no shame or worry in having different opinions to my family," she said....
Read the whole article (Nov. 22, 2010).
● In the Daily Nebraskan, "the student voice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln":
Polyamorous relationships: Right for some, not for others
By Lacey Mason
...Our relationships are changing. Or, perhaps more accurately, our mindsets are changing. We're getting to know one another in entirely new ways and evaluating our interactions more critically. We're asking questions. We're finding new ways to make ourselves happy, romantically, which is a step outside the social norms.
My friend announced this weekend that she and her husband are now in an open relationship. Also known as polyamory (having multiple romantic partners), the relationship was met with some controversy. One friend told her it would never work, could never work. Conversely, another shared her positive experience with an open relationship. I chimed in that while I wouldn't be game, I knew of two couples happily married with years of polyamory behind them.
My friend, let's call her Mabel, argued that she felt monogamy was unnatural. She defended herself by saying, "Monogamy is a bit like vegetarianism — it's a great choice for some people, but ultimately, humans are designed to eat meat."...
The discussion shifted to animals.... Even the Schistosoma mansoni, an intestinal parasitic worm that can live in humans, mates with only one partner. Our discussions went back and forth from here....
...Polyamory also isn't for the insecure or codependent. An open relationship only works when both partners are in it together. There needs to be the utmost transparency, open communication, trust and, above all, respect. The partners in a committed relationship still need to put each other first, and if one partner decides they are no longer interested in the arrangement, it needs to end for both....
Read the whole article (Nov. 29, 2010).
● In the Kansas State Collegian at Kansas State University:
Open marriages can work without love lost
By Lindsay Vannaman
I'm writing in response to Jillian Aramowicz's Oct. 28 article about how marriages have become too casual....
...I have been in an open relationship for almost two years while I attended a community college and my boyfriend was here at K-State, and while he studied abroad in Italy. This arrangement has not been easy, with plenty of jealousy and hurt and tears. I also think those things come with most monogamous relationships.
Now that we finally live in the same city, we appreciate each other so much more. I honestly think this has made us much closer. While I realize open relationships and marriages may not be right for everyone, it doesn't make it OK to condemn those who choose it as a lifestyle. I speak from experience; it doesn't make them crazy and it sure doesn't make them any less in love.
Read the whole article (Nov. 5, 2010).
● And on the website of La Trobe University in Australia:
Poly is the new gay
By Linda Kirkman
...There is a growing awareness of polyamory as a way to form relationships and families, and it is on the frontier of social change in acceptance of relationships. The more aware and accepting of diversity in relationships the more healthy our society is....
...I started reading about non-monogamous relationships as part of my PhD literature review, and for a while became immersed in finding out about polyamory. I remembered seeing a pamphlet about polyamory on campus a couple of years ago, but it had not been on my radar or in what I observed about the world. There is not much available in the scholarly literature, apart from a special edition of Sexualities 9(5) and an edited book, Understanding Non-Monogamies (Barker & Langdridge 2010).
Since my first delve into the polyamory literature at the start of 2010, I have observed the growing public visibility of polyamory, (abbreviated to ‘poly’) and now it is on my radar I am realising how widespread it is....
...I typed ‘polyamory’ into iTunes as a search, and found a regular US podcast, Polyamory Weekly, that has been going since 2005 (www.polyweekly.com). I listened to many of them, selecting from over the five years, and observed a change, including a growing inclusion of young people into the poly movement, where it had been earlier commented on that to be under 30 and poly was unusual....
....The Australian newspaper ran a story on November 20, 2010, "Three is the new two as couples explore the boundaries of non-monogamy," about a poly family of two women and a man who are having a baby. The writer, Emma Jane, used pseudonyms for the family, presumably to protect the people against discrimination, but wrote a supportive and positive article about this family’s normal and thoughtful existence, and about the growing emergence of polyamory worldwide. I hope it won’t be long before people in poly relationships don’t feel the need to protect themselves with pseudonyms. A same-sex couple having a baby would no longer feel the need to hide their identity in this way. I look forward to a society where any loving family, irrespective of how many people it includes or what sex they are, feels safe to be open about who they are.
In that respect, poly is the new gay.
Read the whole article (late November 2010).