Fresh Snark: Spreading Some Love (and Hate) on Polyamory: Married & Dating’s Episode 6

Jen is literally the only reason watching scenes with the quad is bearable. Maybe because her reaction is in tune with the reaction of the audience so often.

With a large mug of coffee and plenty of coughing and sniffling, I steeled myself to watch episode 6 of Showtime's Polyamory: Married & Dating. I was genuinely expecting to hate it as much as episode 5. I didn't. So today we have snarky bullet points with what I hated, followed by what I loved, and then some thoughtful analysis. If you are one of the people who really hated my review, go read this instead. Jessica Karels writes really thoughtful reviews. Unlike mine.Throwing Some … [Read more...]

Fresh Snark: What I’d Love To See On Showtime’s “Polyamory: Married and Dating” (Possibly NSFW)

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I had a day full of errands yesterday and more today, so I'm not going to get into any heavy topics today. However, I have been thinking about Showtime's Polyamory: Married and Dating, simultaneously dreading and looking forward to the next episode. So I've been thinking about what I'd love to see on the show this week. Some folks were a bit confused about the snark warning in the title, so if you don't like it when I'm mean then I highly recommend you go check out the in-depth serious reviews … [Read more...]

Fresh Snark: Showtime’s “Polyamory: Married and Dating”

What is up with the 90's hair? I don't understand...

First things first, I know a bit about polyamory. I know some wonderful poly folks and have a lot of respect for that lifestyle choice. But I'm no expert. I'm not poly myself, mainly because I detest talking about feelings and relationships, but also because I find one man a lot of work and can't imagine having time or energy for two or three. But for the purpose of watching Showtime's Polyamory: Married & Dating I decided to play dumb. What would I learn about polyamory just from watching … [Read more...]

Mars, Sikhs, Hindus and Polyamory! Oh My!

One of the first images back from Mars. NASA needs money for a color camera.

Way too much going on today for me to focus on one thing.First of all, my heart aches for the Sikh community. Unlike the meaningless loss of the Aurora shooting, this apparently had a motivation that you can articulate your grief against. This is one hate crime among many, and one that leaves me with a profound sense of sorrow that people are still committing violence over ethnicity here in this country. I want us to be better than this. All my love and sympathy to the Sikh community of … [Read more...]

Gingrich Equates Gay Marriage to Paganism Like It’s A Bad Thing…

Credit: Gage Skidmore

Newt is awesome. He is so arrogantly oblivious to his own hypocrisy that sometimes I suspect his whole campaign is run by Stephen Colbert. He is a gift to political comedians everywhere, and for once he said something sensible about marriage (amidst his usual sea of hypocritical crazy). The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization. - Newt Gingrich I bolded the part he … [Read more...]

The Final Episode of Big Love, the Goddess and Alternative Family

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NOTICE: This post has been found in violation of H.R. 3261, S.O.P.A. and has been removed.I'd really like to write about HBO's Big Love, the final season of which is now out on dvd.But we're facing a world where my ability to write about such things becomes more perilous. My linking to something relating to intellectual property could harm Patheos under this law, and so Youtube music playlists, like the one I posted yesterday, would become a thing of the past.I can't physically make … [Read more...]

A Different Kind of Family.. On TV: Terisa Greenan, Sister Wives and Polyamorous Music

Back in October I caught the flu. The real deal. Influenza. I lay on my sofa, drooling on my pillow, shivering under blankets and watching reality tv. I am not generally a fan of reality tv. I tend to watch it on very rare occasions, but being sick, I decided to give Sister Wives a go.I watched the first two seasons straight through, broken up by naps and potty breaks. I expected I'd dislike Kody Brown and that I'd be generally annoyed by all the Mormon cheeriness. Instead, I saw a family … [Read more...]

Paganism: A New Vision of Family

Samhain has passed, Thanksgiving is looming and it's a season for drawing close to family. When a sizeable chunk of the Pagan community has some degree of difficulty interacting with their biological family, this time of year can be challenging.  Some of us are estranged from our families due to religious differences, some because there isn't any acceptance of our sexual orientation or lifestyle by our biological families, and some for other reasons, good reasons such as abuse.For those of us … [Read more...]

Structure Without Restrictions

Much of the argument surrounding the marriage debate is really regarding structure. Structure isn't a bad thing. We all need a set of parameters to support the lives we build. The problem with structure being imposed on us is that no one set of parameters fits everyone. We are diverse by nature.If Pagans want structure, if they need structure, they often have design it to fit. Pagans whose families have rejected them, or who do not identify with monogamous heteronormative lifestyles, have to … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty and the Institution of Marriage?

Yesterday I was reading Timothy Dalrymple's post on the gay marriage debate. Tim's a good fella but we don't agree on a whole lot. So it's not surprising when either of us disagree with something the other wrote. Yet something in his post made me do a double-take: But here’s the thing: no one ever claimed that the legal recognition of gay marriage is going to harm your marriage.  The claim is that it will harm the institution of marriage.  And, with all due respect, the institution of marriage is … [Read more...]


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