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Oz Poly News

  • Polyamory & Podcasts 1

A lot of people who have computers are not getting as much from them as they could. A computer can fetch a lot of free stuff for you; and one of the main things that a computer can provide is an opportunity to enjoy some of that free stuff away from the computer, anytime you feel like it.
What kind of “free stuff”? A lot of us with computers have found that one of the keys to media freedom is AUDIO. The computer world is geared up so that you can download a lot of Internet talk shows onto your hard-drive.
The ABC was, and still is, a leading light when it comes to providing the radio listener with a way of accessing their favorite ABC shows; with ways of listening that can be downloaded onto a device other than a computer. Everyone calls a show like this a podcast; the thing that you play them with is called an MP3. Apple has confused the issue a little by calling their MP3 players iPods. I guess that sounds a bit better than iMP3.
If this is a new idea for you, maybe you should spare a few moments to consider the benefits.
Everyone with an iPhone (another Apple product) knows what we are talking about...in theory. Yet even the most devoted iPhone aficionados may not know about the large amount of free polyamory related content available to you on iTunes. For those folks, go to Polyweekly in iTunes, and take it from there.
For those of you who didn't quite understand that last sentence, let's back up. There's another world out there in the iTunes space. This is a proprietary behemoth owned by Apple Inc. and not by the ABC, so you have access to a bigger media world; one that's full of benefits for the kind of person that wants more free information, and has some time to listen to it online, or away from the computer. If you thought that our Aunty, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, is the only organization giving away a lot of free downloads, think again.
Anytime is a good time for you to listen to the things they call podcasts. The only thing that might be a hassle is another type of sound. As long as the background noise is not too bad, that's a good environment to listen to podcasts. So forget about listening while you're mowing the lawn.
Though you might even be able to listen on the job. If you want to find out about polyamory, or a whole lot of other things, you could do that while you are, say, driving a car, a truck, or a tractor.
People talk about Youtube “University”. No doubt about it, for straight out visual material, Youtube is the best. But when it comes to talking heads it's a distant second for a lot of us. Besides, watching a screen is out of the question when you're driving.
Personally, I find my audio world so absorbing that I find myself listening in all sorts of situations. I sometimes even turn off the sound on TV, switch to text, just so that I can understand what's going on in the TV show without turning off my iPod.

We are talking about a piece on the poly lifestyle on “The Project” on TV; on Channel 10 for Melbourne viewers. The show first went to air at 6:30PM on the 26th of May, 2015, to be exact; though there was a replay later on in the evening. You can view the poly segment itself, on the podcast page of The Project section of the Ten website.
Polyamory doesn't get much publicity on mainstream media, and it was good to see that this segment showed polyamory in what some of us thought was quite a positive light.
Polyamory has been around for a very long time. In Australia, Carl Turney was probably the most interviewed spokesman for polyamory during the early 1990's. He had quite a few interviews in the mainstream media across the nation in that era. In those days, the reportage tried to sensationalize polyamory by drawing attention to the sexual aspects of the lifestyle. This, despite Carl's best attempts to steer all the interviews in a less salacious direction.
These days, sex and sexual infidelity is not such a big deal. Is it any wonder? The lid really has come off. Sex is a common media theme in many walks of life.
 Thankfully, the Australian public was spared the bitchy comments and lewd innuendos from the panel after this particular segment; something that would undoubtedly have happened even a few years ago.
 A few of us had an informal chat after the show, too; If there was a theme in what we had to say, it was the fact that polyamory can be so much more than sexual relations with more than one other person. The essence of the lifestyle lies in the fact that relationships can become more dynamic and rich between all parties in a polyamorous situation.
Clearly, in the show, and in the experience of those of us who have been in the polyamory lifestyle, sex did play a vital role in the initial stages of relationships in the beginning. But life moves on, things change, people change, and the sexual exuberance of a new relationship can give way to much more deep and subtle nuances.

Keeping up with social change is exciting, and important. There is a growing awareness of polyamory as a way to form relationships and families, and it is on the frontier of social change in acceptance of relationships. The more aware and accepting of diversity in relationships the more healthy our society is. It is not to be confused with polygamy, which is associated with religious laws that permit multiple wives, and does not have the same emphasis on an individual's autonomy and agency.

There was a time, not too many decades ago, when homosexuality was classified as a mental illness, to be out was more dangerous than not, and discrimination was both expected and condoned. To acknowledge a same sex relationship was unthinkable. We have come a long way since then, and still have a long way to go.

I do not wish to diminish or underplay the ongoing challenge presented by homophobia, and the need for equality for same sex relationships in many aspects of law, but same sex attraction is now accepted as mainstream. It is not hard to find scholarly studies of all aspects of same sex relationships, and everyday media mostly treats homosexuality as a normal variation of the human condition. There are public campaigns against homophobia, and quality sexuality education makes no assumptions about sexual orientation and teaches respect for difference.

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