A newly-launched mockumentary web series called The Monogamy Experiment is offering a fun, off-the-cuff look at open relationships. The series is about a young couple who decide to dabble in non-monogamy for 30 days.
The series is written, co-produced, and directed by actress Amy Rider (known for her role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager). Various members of the cast are known for their roles on Charmed, The Big Bang Theory, and Heroes.
More info about the series:
The Monogamy Experiment combines the genres of documentary and romantic comedy into a naturalistic mockumentary. A "too-young-to-get-married-yet" 20-something experiments on herself and her boyfriend to find the truth about whether we are truly monogamous or not before they head to the altar. The world of The Monogamy Experiment has a light but grounded tone, while everything about the acting indicates this is nothing less then a true documentary, comedic situations abound.
The Monogamy Experiment is about the human condition -- whether or not we can be pegged into the hole of being the type of animals who are biologically monogamous or not... or whether human emotions blur any ability to peg us into any category at all.
Here's the first episode:
Episodes two and three can be found on YouTube, with more to come. The Monogamy Experiment can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.
Two graduate students from Edgewood College are conducting an online survey about polyamory as a partial fulfillment of graduation requirements for a Master's degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Their goal is "to study various aspects of polyamorous relationships in an effort to improve the quality of health and mental health care available to diverse populations."
The surveyors are looking for participants who are 18 or older and currently in a polyamorous relationship. Survery participation is anonymous and conducted through an online portal. Completion of the survey should take 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of relationships the participant is currently in.
The deadline for participation is October 15, 2011. Participants and interested folks may return to the blog after January 1, 2012 to view the results and final paper.
A writer for AfterElton has shared the story of his best friend -- and their open marriage. This is a sweet and thought-provoking piece that serves as a reminder of how successful polyamory can be.
Kelly had long ago realized that monogamy was not for her. Of course that sounds like she laid down an ultimatum, which she didn't . . . As with so many things, we were completely in sync. Both of us felt that sex and love were not so inextricably intertwined as society says, and we agreed that it made the most sense for us to have an open relationship.
. . . For us, this worked very well. I would go so far as to say it made our relationship stronger. Anyone who knew us would tell you that we never fought. We didn't have to. If there was an issue with anything, we just talked through it.
Read the rest on AfterElton.