It appears to me that the majority of the more outspoken members of the poly community, those active here on LJ as well as those visible elsewhere online, tend to be older individuals. I haven't gotten a real sense of exactly how old, though 45+ feels like a good guess. That's not to say that there aren't younger people active in the online poly community, just that by and large older people seem to predominate. (Just so I'm clear, I do not mean to attach value judgments to either "younger" or "older." I know these terms can be sensitive to some, but I promise I'm not trying to denigrate or elevate anyone based on their age.)
I'm curious about this for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that I'm 28 and it seems like an uphill climb to find anyone in my age range and level of life experience. It can be intimidating to try to enter the poly community and feel like the odd one out. Which I guess is one reason people started this community, to make that outreach and sense of being part of a likeminded group easier to find... though that doesn't seem to be working out very well. :)
One hypothesis I have is that people move toward poly after a lot of experience -- you have to learn what works for you through trial and error, and that takes time. Another hypothesis is sociological in nature, namely that people of my generation (and younger) tend to be more sexually conservative because of the AIDS epidemic and the political rise of the religious right. A third (and more hopeful) hypothesis is that poly people my age are out there, but for various reasons don't feel the urge to aggregate into online communities and have brunch meetings about it. Perhaps they don't choose to identify themselves as "poly" or any other label, and choose relationships based simply on what works for them.
If there are any younger poly people still here, what are your thoughts and experiences? Do you find yourself the odd duck out in the wider poly community, or am I mistaken? How do you feel the poly experience is different for you than it would be for, say, a 50 year old? I think that "knowing what you want" is a quality too few younger people possess, which has definitely derailed a couple of my poly relationships in the past. Do you find that younger poly people can struggle with this? Do some young people jump onto poly as a "fad," and abandon it once the work involved becomes clear?
Hopefully one or two of you still read this. I look forward to your thoughts!
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In a love relationship, the emotion of oneness, if it is present in the relationship, causes the behaviors of telling eachother everything about oneself and one's recent events, always telling the truth, not keeping secrets, and doing everything together or otherwise always keeping in contact. The emotion of oneness can also be detected in the tone of voice when in the company of eachother.
In a love relationship, the emotion of humility, if it is present in the relationship, causes a gentle weakness in one's regard to eachother, and this is expressed both in one's demeanor toward eachother and in one's manner of affection. One behavior that humility is conducive to is bowing, though this of course is not a behavior that is associated with love relationships, though there is the antiquated behavior of bowing while kissing a woman on the back of the hand.
Exclusive monoamory is based upon egotistical dominant-territorialism, which is the opposite of humility. Therefore, people whose love is of the exclusive monoamorous sort can not incorporate humility into their love, but only oneness. It must be noted that one's egotism is only frustrated when one shares one's partner(s) with other people, not when oneself has multiple partners. Even among polyamorists, polygyny is somewhat more common than polyandry, because males are the more egotistical gender on the average.
Dominant egotism does not always express itself in a given particular way, such that there is some chance that a given egotistical person shares (or is willing to share) one's love partner(s) with others. For example, egotism, when combined with oneness, causes the behavior of libellously ascribing egotism to the logical behavior of acknowledging fundamental definitions and distinctions between different ways of living or beliefs. -That is an egotistical behavior that is sometimes displayed by polyamorists.
It is likely though that a given person that shares one's partner(s) lacks dominant egotism. That would allow such a person to use humility as a component of their love, or to use love that is purely humility-derived, such that it does not incorporate oneness at all.
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So… I’m Katy, and I’m new here. *waves* I was looking around lj for poly resources, and I was very glad to find some. I guess what I really want is advice on my current relationship, because I don’t know that it’s going very well. My situation is long and complicated (whose isn’t?) so I’ll put it behind a cut.
I guess I’m just want advice, or commiseration from anyone who has “been there before.” How do you deal with this type of stuff, especially when one of your partners is literally halfway around the world? I don’t know that my problems are particularly unique, but they’re ones I’ve never dealt with before. Anyone have any advice to offer?
I hope I didn't upset anyone.
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I'm currently in one closed relationship with two partners (M&F) that is long distance (oh the fun). They're both still in University in Canada and I live in Oregon, where I grew up. Fun angst to be had by all as I try to figure out if and how I can move up there again for good some day (I want to college there). At least I'll get to go see them both next week for Thanksgiving.
M (male) and I dated for about two and a half years before both admitting to each other that we were in love with A (female), as well. Great fun ensued as we first invited her to be with us physically (she'd had a crush on me for several years before this) and then, when she was in Oregon for that visit, we both confessed to her that we were both in love with her. A was a self-defined lesbian since she was 14 and it took a lot for her to be open to the idea of perhaps having a relationship with M as well as with me. They'd been spending a lot of time together and getting really close since I'd left school last June. things are really good now, though.
It's taken some adjustment on her part (and all of ours, really), but we're so much happier because of it. I really couldn't imagine being in a more supportive, loving, wonderful relationship and just hope that someday (preferably sooner rather than later) it won't have to be a long distance love and I can be there with them both all the time.
That's my story! (It was a little more angsty than I make it out to be in parts, mostly due to a few friends who were really uncomfortable with the idea and tried to make a lot of drama. Things settled down, though, and pretty much we're not really caring what anyone says, because we're just that happy together! :P ) So... Hello! :)
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As one of those shy new members, I thought I'd stop lurking and introduce myself. I'm 24, live in the UK, am gay and in my first poly-type relationship. It's been a mad 12 months, which has seen me going from happily single, to having two lovely girlfriends. I get the impression that my entry into this situation is perhaps unorthodox, if such a notion applies to polyamory. I've never really felt a strong pull to having multiple partners, which many people seem to have. Also, I've ended up in some kind of crazy quad in a manner I can only describe as arse about face.
To summarise briefly: I've been good friends with a couple for about 6 years now. Originally went to uni with E (the boy half), and met his g/f of 10 years, S, through him. About 18 months ago it became apparent that S and I were very strongly attracted to each other. Cue Shakespearean tragedy: "We can't!" "We mustn't!" "We shouldn't!"....eventually what we did do was come clean to E about our feelings, and he was very supportive. They agreed to open up their relationship and me and S were officially an item. Obviously it wasn't *quite* that simple, but it was the start of something. A little while after things had settled down, I met K, who instead of being freaked out when I told her I had a g/f, was very intrigued. About three months after we got together I had to go to the US for a month to study. While I was away, she and E realised they fancied each other - and while I initially felt quite pissed off about it all (behind my back, no discussion, etc., etc.) it seems to be self-organising itself out of chaos and into something quite nice. Anyway, that's my story.
I don't really know anyone in 'real life' who has any positive experiences of anything poly. Pretty much all of my friends are so overly concerned about me (read 'convinced I'm going insane and this is going to be a total disaster') that it's actually quite hard talking to them about the day to day upsets. And as lovely as S, K and E are, sometimes it's nice to sound off to people who are not so closely entangled in it all, just to get some perspective. Anyway, I've enjoyed reading other people's posts so far...I look forward to sharing some more stories of my own in the future.
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