I thought this was a great read and a good follow up from my last post about human systems. We have all these definitions but, more and more, they are breaking down and relationship diversity appears to be flourishing.
Is it really so bad to have your cake and eat it too? Is it possible to have it both ways? The expression speaks to our culture of austerity and provincialism, where character building and morality are associated with refraining and abstention. On one hand we are a culture of tremendous gluttony and indulgence but with a puritanical underpinning that tells us “you can look but don’t touch.” No wonder so many people are confused about what they want.
Although there are no official statistics about the number of people entering into alternative relationships, anecdotally it appears as though there is increasing interest and cultural awareness of polyamorous relationships (see TLC’s Sister Wives or HBO’s Big Love). Polyamorous which means “many loves,” can take a number of different forms but typically includes a person having more than one significant emotional and/or sexual connection. One of the underpinnings of polyamory is…
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