I’ll not ask my readers to accompany me as I wade through yet another article explaining how polyamorists are so radical, so I’ll keep it brief:
To find polyamorists today, head to Brooklyn.
Brooklyn – check!
Attendees can choose to sketch drawings of posed models, but most people opt to stand around, mingling and talking.
Polyamorists masquerading as artists – check!
But the attendees of Tableaux fit in with the rest of privileged, gentrified Brooklyn.
Polyamory being a pursuit of the privileged middle classes – check!
I had coffee in Manhattan with Leon Feingold, an exceptionally tall, friendly polyamorist, eager to talk about his high IQ and his sexual philosophies.
Polyamorists think they exist on a higher plane than ordinary people – check!
Feingold, who wore a red Hawaiian shirt and two necklaces, one featuring a Chinese star with flamed tips (designed at Burning Man in commemoration of his late wife)
Burning Man – check!
Feingold, who works as a real-estate broker and helped to establish a sex-positive, three-story, 15-bedroom apartment building in the Bushwick neighborhood
Bushwick – check!
believes polyamory reflects high intelligence.
Polyamorist suffering from delusion – check!
But, at minimum, these surveys suggest that the number of polyamorous Americans is in the hundreds of thousands, and perhaps in the millions.
Attempts to convince polyamory is normal – check!
“What’s happening now is so much more healthy, because it’s deciding for yourself,” says Jessica*, a 34-year-old
Over thirty and unable to build lasting relationships – check!
describes polyamorous politics as a mixture of socialism—a respect for a non-hierarchical society that values collective, community decision-making
Lefty politics – check!
a polyamorous friend who recently lost her housing soon after becoming pregnant, but was able to live comfortably with friends and lovers for several months before finding a new place of her own.
Degeneracy – check!
Elise* is 14 years old and lives in Springfield, Virginia, not too far south of Washington, DC, with her mom, her mother’s boyfriend, and her mother’s boyfriend’s wife.
Child abuse – check!
Weirdos – check!
This is probably the only interesting sentence in the whole piece:
For example, Jessica and other polyamorists I speak with say there’s very little discussion about the right for polyamorous marriage, because few in today’s poly community believe government recognition of a union is a worthwhile goal.
That’s how gays used to view marriage; look how quickly it became a fundamental human right and questioning it moved beyond the pale.
(via Ben Sixsmith)