Polyamory’s most important court case since 1999 opens next week, and this time our side is prepared. Meanwhile, TV documentaries on polyfamilies in Quebec and Denmark show how TV can do it right if the producers are so inclined. In the U.S., “Sister Wives” sets the new public image for group families, and that’s not so bad. Writers from Dan Savage to a friendly Episcopal priest weigh in on poly life. And the poly-mono anthropology debate rolls on.
Get ready for the Canadian polygamy test case. The Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association (CPAA) is intervening to try to decriminalize polyamorous commitments which, like polygamy, are supposed to get you five years in Canadian prison (on paper). The trial starts Monday November 22, and the CPAA is readying a press conference, media availabilities, fundraising parties, handouts, and expert witnesses. This could turn into a show. And, they need donations.
Perhaps by no coincidence, some great television profiled three poly families in Quebec. This 26-minute documentary shows how mainstream TV can portray poly accurately if it wishes. Even if you don’t know French, the visuals tell the story.
TLC’s “Sister Wives” sets the new image of multipartner households for the public. Not bad, considering. At least the Brown family creates a cultural reference point from which you can say, “We’re kinda like that, but different.”
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