Polyamorous Marriage and the Oneler October 2, 2008Posted by Onely in Food for Thought, Reviews.
Tags: polyamory, polyandry, polygamy
In response to our post about Michael Turner’s The Trouble With Normal, Anita mentioned polyamorous relationships. This got us thinking–as proponents of people’s right not to get married, we also support people’s rights to be in non-heteronormative relationships such as same-sex. Does this mean we are also obligated, in theory, to support polyamorous relationships?
Yikes! My first instinct: polyamorous relationships are just asking for trouble. I’m imagining TWO men leaving soggy dishrags crumpled in the sink! And twice the morning breath! GACK!
My second instinct: I remember seeing a documentary back in the day about three people (two men and a woman?) who maintained a long-term romantic relationship. They seemed happy. Maybe it works for some people.
My third instinct: But where’s the line between accepting alternative non-heteronormative lifestyles (such as singlehood AND polyamory) and accepting those extremist pseudo-Mormons who marry multiple fifteen-year-old girls and rank their wives like poker hands? I don’t know. Maybe our Copious Readership does.