Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

My View on Polyamory

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To be quite honest, I had never heard the word polyamory before watching  the informative video on polyamory last week. I had heard of polygamy, but even that topic isn’t one that gets visited much; at least not in my life in East Tennessee. I was raised in an environment that consisted of two heterosexual parents that had brothers and sisters and moms and dads that had children that were raised in the exact same way I was. I lived the very ‘sheltered’ life, and mentioning the word polyamory  really does blow my mind. I don’t see how anyone could be comfortable living with multiple people on an intimate relationship level. Even if people who participate in polyamory say its the stress free way to make everyone happy, I just don’t see how they can overcome the emotion of jealousy. Also, not to mention its hard enough keeping one partner happy. Few relationships work out with just two people attempting to make each other happy, and to me adding on more people to please doesn’t make the situation any better. People who participate in polyamory say that its the future of ‘normal’ relationships. Maybe it’s just how I was raised, but I would like to think relationships in the future will leave some respect to the ‘old-fashioned’ marriages that granny and papaw taught us about when we were younger.


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