The Guardian writes movies make polyamory socially acceptable on November 16th. This was inspired by the movie “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”, which finally shows polyamory in a positive light. The article then lists some more movies and describes how we may be witnessing a paradigm shift.
Are we witnessing a paradigm shift?
Experts feel this may represent a real-life shift towards greater acceptance. “Things are changing slowly,” says Barker. “When I started studying this area 15 years ago, virtually all the reporting around polyamory was sensationalist and negative, saying it could never work, or it was ‘taking all the fun out of affairs’. Now we have a wealth of research on just how common polyamory is (about 5% of people in the US are openly non-monogamous), and about how positive polyamorous families can be for children.”
Of course, there is still no legal recognition of polyamorous relationships, and Barker points out that during the same-sex marriage campaigns, both sides argued against extending marriage rights to more than two people. But Janet Bennion, a professor of anthropology at Lyndon State College, Vermont, thinks that this, too, might change. “Currently, we are stuck in a stalemate between hypermasculine, intolerant policies designed to restore the 1950s model of traditional marriage, and a growing progressive community that yearns for sexual freedom. This latter body is gaining ground in areas like the [San Francisco] Bay Area and much of Europe, such as Berlin.”