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I wrote a new thing!

For the first time in more than a year (has it really been that long?), I've added a new page to the More Than Two site: Is polyamory unnatural?

This page came from a new line of attack aimed at polyamory I've started hearing lately: "Polyamory means doing a lot of work to overcome jealousy. Doesn't that mean you're basically programming yourself to normalize something that's unnatural?"

Yeah, I made that noise the first time I read it, too. But then I started hearing it again, and again, and I thought, okay, mmmmaybe this deserves a reply.

So I wrote a thing. You can see the thing here:

Is polyamory unnatural?

Here's the teaser:

Poly people are always talking about ways to defeat jealousy. Isn’t that just conditioning yourself to accept something unnatural?

No, seriously, don’t laugh–this is an honest question that’s being raised more and more often as an objection to polyamory. If being able to function in a relationship requires that you work hard to overcome an emotion like jealousy, doesn’t that mean you’re simply trying to desensitize yourself to a perfectly natural and reasonable feeling, and that polyamory really isn’t a natural choice?
Polyamorous people talk a lot about jealousy partly because it’s something that we get asked about a lot, and partly because, yes, it’s a perfectly normal emotion we’ve all faced at some point in time. And honestly, if all you feel is jealousy in a polyamorous relationship–if all you do is fight against your emotions all the time, and there’s no joy in polyamory for you–maybe it’s really not the right relationship choice. It’s okay to be monogamous. It’s okay not to want to be in plural relationships if that model isn’t a good fit. If you see nothing but struggle in polyamory, and there’s no upside, hey, don’t be polyamorous!
And don’t let anyone tell you polyamory is “more advanced” or “more evolved” either–that’s hornswoggle.

But here’s the thing…

Jealousy isn’t a polyamorous issue. Monogamous people can and do feel jealousy, too. Developing tools to deal with jealousy makes everyone’s life better, regardless of whether you’re monogamous or not.

You can read the rest here.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:32 am (UTC)
Good god, man, you've resurrected the Refrigerator Question! ;-)
Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:38 pm (UTC)
Good response!
Nov. 13th, 2017 03:11 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. Jealousy is going to happen no matter what type of relationship you are in. It's a natural human/animal behavior. Its how you deal with that emotion that makes all the difference in the world and I think that polyamorous relationships are just more aware of the tools than most monogamous relationships. I feel polyamory is a constantly moving, growing and changing entity where the majority of monogamous relationships run on autopilot and that is when they fail.
Nov. 14th, 2017 09:56 am (UTC)
I wish i hadn't missed the move to canada... may i see a link to that post?
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