Polyamory: Redefining Love’s Boundaries

by lauran on May 31, 2011

Interested in how two couples follow their hearts and share their lives as a quad family?

Watch this video – it’s one of the best reports from a television news show I’ve seen.

These couples are not swingers but they do practice one form of open marriage. And, if you watch the video you’ll see how they clearly they work at their alternative lifestyle. They don’t get into how they handle jealousy but it’s clear that they’ve dealt their own personal issues enough to make things work.

Polyamory – meaning many loves – is just one form of what some people call non-monogamy. It’s been a strongly growing part of the alternative lifestyle world for almost twenty years with thousands of poly families living happy lives. Still, it’s not a perfect answer for everyone.

Is polyamory right for you?

Here are some ways to find out:

  • Are you interested in a long term relationship?
    Watch the video and you’ll see that these people built their relationship over a period of time. If you’re just looking for a fun weekend then you might enjoy swinging instead.
  • Do you have solid relationship with one other person?
    More people in a relationship means more work to keep things together.  If you are able to create a successful relationship with one other person you have a foundation for understanding what it takes when you add more to the mix.
  • Can you handle negative reactions from family and friends?
    The people in this video do not show their faces because they are raising children and want to protect their kids from negative reactions to their alternative lifestyle. While you can keep your life as a swinger private it’s pretty hard to explain that other couple who just moved into your house to your mother and father, brothers and sisters, the next door neighbors, and all the other “straight” people in your life.

I want to encourage everyone to explore all kinds of relationships so you can find out what’s right for you. And I believe the best way to do that is with lots of information and support.

Read the full transcript of this news story at http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=152442

For more information and resource about polyamory visit http://www.polyamorysociety.org.

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iwentdownRiver June 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

Interesting comments. I write about the underlying reasons for my own move into Polyamory here: http://iwentdowntotheriver.com/2011/06/23/loneliness-and-distraction/

A quote:”The notion of love as connection is misunderstood. Love with a capital L, is of course a connection of sorts, but instead of the traditional notion of connection, of hearts intertwined, Love is instead a telephone wire, a cry in the dark that has been answered; but it is still dark.”

Also here:http://iwentdowntotheriver.com/2011/06/16/the-failure-of-monogamy/

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lauranbruce June 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Interesting perspective, thank you for connecting here.

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