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Ethical Non-Monogamy Veers (Slightly) Toward the Mainstream

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May Ferreira, Deb Barreiro and Gabriel Lopez walk at Pueyrredon park, in Buenos Aires, on February 11, 2020. "Polyamory" and other ways to conceive sexual-affective relationships have become topics of books, series and articles, in the traditionally monogamous Latin American culture. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

“Ethical non-monogamy isn’t new… and it isn’t exactly mainstream, but it isn’t so fringe either (or reserved for those who live in the Bay Area).” That’s according to New York Magazine, which released a cover issue on polyamory this month. Those who regularly date or love multiple people at once say it’s liberating and fosters intimacy and connection. But even its most passionate advocates say polyamory can be emotionally and logistically exhausting, requiring extensive and frequent communication among partners. And the relationship style can carry stigma — prompting complicated decisions about whether and how to talk to friends, family or coworkers about it. We’ll talk about polyamory and its increasing prevalence in popular culture and dating apps, and hear your experiences.


Allison P. Davis, features writer, New York Magazine. Her reported story, "What Does a Polycule Actually Look Like?" anchors New York Magazine's cover story, "A Practical Guide to Modern Polyamory"

Christopher Gleason, author, “American Poly: A History”; academic director, Georgia Coalition for Higher Education in Prison; part-time Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University

Josephine Chiang, film and TV actor based in NYC


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