This will probably be my last post before MBLGTACC tomorrow but I may throw up a short one about the event itself on the nine hour drive to Lansing.
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If your partner knows what you're up to and gives you the go-ahead that is their decision on what is considered to be cheating and what is not.
This more or less wraps up the basics of Polyamory, although like all topics I'll be expanding on it quite a bit as I go on.
It's only recently that we've started getting exposure as a movement in popular media.
Poly in the Media is a fantastic tracker for this exposure but some major accomplishments in visibility are last summer's action not-quite-blockbuster Savages, Showtime's Polyamory: Married and Dating (reviews here if you have seen it and want to know why sex takes up so much of the plot), and a triad even appeared in season two of the FX phenomenon American Horror Story (in this last instance it's arguable that this is Polygamy, not Polyamory, a difference I'll address in a second and SPOILER ALERT ).
I actually get to do two presentations on the subject on the same day later this month, one of them for a class full of freshman.
At the same time this was one of the most difficult subjects I've ever spoken to my family about.
These aren't 100% comprehensive posts, and they aren't infallible.
I can only explain my personal views on what a subject is, and I don't speak for the entirety of any community. In many of these communities I'm still a student and in some of them I'm still new. is only meant to be an introduction to a subject and an invitation to start learning along with me. At one point that was one of the hardest things I've ever had to say to another human being.
Polyamory isn't exactly either of these things, although there is nothing about it that specifically precludes marriage.
While Polygamy tends, if only because of the existing precedents, to refer to one man with multiple women or one woman with multiple men (Polyandry, which is found in some communities in Asia) Polyamory is gender neutral.
I've said it online and in classrooms, and most of the time I'm as comfortable mentioning it to a casual acquaintance as I am to an auditorium full of people.