An even-handed look at poly in Ashland

The Ashland Daily Tidings, a little newspaper from the town of Ashland, Oregon, recently published a positive article about polyamory. The piece gives a little background on the word "polyamory" and various poly lingo, differentiating it from polygamy and swinging. It mentions the mainstream attention non-monogamy has received recently, from the Brazilian triad to the 26th annual national retreat to the Showtime reality show.

The poly couple featured in the piece are 30-somethings Stefani Skidmore, a Southern Oregon University student working toward a master's in clinical psychology, and Jeff Altemus, a graphic designer. There are also quotes from an anonymous married couple and an associate professor in SOU's sociology department. The article begins:

You might not meet a more straightforward couple than Stefani Skidmore and Jeff Altemus. She checks with him first before she dates another man and he asks her directly if he can have sex with another woman.

The unmarried couple, who live together in Ashland, say being happy for your partner's bliss is an outcome of practicing polyamory . . .

In larger cities there are places such as the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle where people who call themselves "conscientiously nonmonogamous" can find each other by attending "poly potlucks" and other events. In Ashland, people look for partners by posting on dating websites.

Read the whole thing on the Ashland Daily Tidings.

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