One of the early studies looking at the characteristics of polyamorists
was conducted in by Walston (2001).
25) In the literature of sexual liberationism, a standard complaint of polyamorists
and others is that self-styled "conservative" gay and lesbian activists are throwing other sexual minorities overboard by promoting the acceptance of homosexual relations by depicting such relations as governed by conventional norms of monogamy and sexual exclusivity.
Such a dialogue needs to include a diversity of voices not present back in the 1970s: AIDS activists, new feminists, queer advocates, sex trafficking opponents, polyamorists
, and others.
The movement, which has gathered force in the last ten years and coalesced around organizations like the Extropy Institute, the online magazine BetterHumans, and the World Transhumanist Association, is a motley crew of serious academics, journalists, and scientists, cyber self-help gurus, nanotech venture capitalists, polyamorists
and gender-benders, cryonics freaks, and artificial intelligence geeks.
Young approvingly quotes David Boaz's suggestion that polyamorists
wait to get legal marital recognition until "all special laws related to marriage [cease] to exist.
Assimilating another "virtually normal" constituency, namely monogamous, long-term, homosexual couples, marriage pushes the queerer queers of all sexual persuasions--drag queens, club-crawlers, polyamorists
, even ordinary single mothers or teenage lovers--further to the margins.
302) These debates over marriage and its alternatives, which I have examined at length elsewhere, consider the interests of a wide range of people, including polyamorists
, singles, committed friends, extended family networks, and many others.
find most personal and sexual fulfillment in that openness and variety.
In a polemical vein, one could say the polyamorists
"snatch" children away from their parents and from the culture of monogamy just as the Ottoman Turks of the fourteenth century raided boys from Christian nations to train them as their own elite warriors, the Janissaries.
Of course, I think there is a correlation: I think it's probable that Humanists are more likely to be polyamorous and that polyamorists
are more likely to be Humanist than the rest of the population.
I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS GATHERING OF SWINGERS, POLYAMORISTS
, SADO' MASOCHISTS, TRANSSEXUALS, AND OTHER NONTRADITIONAL TYPES OF FOLKS .