This is a guest post written by Miri Mogilevsky. Miri is a graduate student in social work and the author of the blog Brute Reason, which covers psychology, mental health, and social justice from a secular perspective.
...Polyamory -- the practice of having multiple sexual/romantic relationships with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved -- is currently going through that stage that all "alternative" lifestyle practices must go through: the one where journalists discover their existence and have a field day.
Luckily for them, more and more people are willing to openly talk about their open relationships as the stigma of being non-monogamous diminishes. Journalist Olga Khazan
interviewed quite a few of them in this article for The Atlantic
. While the article is well-researched, balanced, and accurate overall, it (probably unintentionally) repeats and propagates a few tropes about polyamory that aren’t always accurate.Note that I said "not always"; tropes are tropes for a reason. There are plenty of people whose polyamorous lives resemble them, and I mean it when I say that there’s nothing wrong with that (as long as it’s all consensual!). But I think that the (presumably non-poly) audience these articles are aimed at might benefit from seeing a wider variety of poly experiences and opinions, so I wanted to add my own voice.With that in mind, here are a few dominant narratives about polyamory that aren’t always true, but that crop up very often in articles about polyamory.
According to an article on the conservative site Campus Reform
, a recent online quiz for a Psychology 1100 class at The Ohio State University asked students:
Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125. Which of the following statements [would] you expect to be true?- Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian. - Aine earns less money than Theo. - Theo is more liberal than Aine. - Theo is an atheist, while Aine is a Christian.
Correct answer? Aine (with a higher IQ) is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.
Assuming nothing here is doctored, it just strikes me as a horribly written, too-simplified-to-be-useful question.
Nice touch with the black Jesús.(via Reddit
. Thanks to Brian
for the link)
The Hebrew term metzitzah b’peh (MBP) describes a ritual practiced by some ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcisers in which they orally suck the blood away from an infant’s penis after cutting away his foreskin. The practice, which we previously covered here
, is exactly as unhygienic and indefensible as it sounds, frequently resulting in the transmission of communicable diseases
, and sometimes even in brain damage
Two additional Jewish infants just received more than a circumcision -- the mohels who
sucked them off
suctioned away the blood with their mouths gave them a case of full-blown herpes
Let's get this out of the way. Black Jesus
looks like a really dumb show that should be canceled because it's not funny