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Posted on March 8, 2009

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Here you go. For some reason, YouTube chose a rather weird frame as the “cover” for this video. I’m trying to get that fixed.

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Posted on February 16, 2009
silvurhuntress/Geeky Valkyrie on YouTube

silvurhuntress/Geeky Valkyrie on YouTube

A couple of years ago, a YouTube video was posted on the polyamory community on livejournal. The poster showed off their work and sought feedback.  I found it fascinating and awesome that someone was using online video as a means of spreading information about polyamory, and bookmarked the link.

Recently, I went back to check out the video, and found that there were several others, with promises of additional videos to come. I enjoyed what I viewed, and wanted to share this resource with you.


  • Video 1: Polyamory - This is an awesome video that outlines one example on how to form polyamorous relationships. It includes tips on communication, trust, and managing headspace (internal thoughts/feelings).
  • Video 2: Polyamory and Jealousy – silvurhuntress examines different types of jealousy and how she and her husband address the issue.  She also provides some good advice on how to communicate your feelings without having it sound accusing or being /drama fuel.  The second half of the video consists of an update on her life, plus her studies into ways to increase a woman’s sex drive. (Yes, even with multiple partners, us poly women sometimes have libido issues)
  • Video 3: Polyamory (update) – This was her 2007 year-end update.
  • Video 4: Polyamory: Your Questions Answered – I <3 the lip piercing, by the way ;)   This video is in response to a viewer’s questions on if it’s harder for men to find women that are open to polyamory versus the other way around.
  • Video 5: I’ll be sick for ren fair! Rar! & Poly Questions Answered – After the initial gushing over the Texas Renaissance Festival, silvurhuntress answers a viewer’s question on whether her husband and boyfriend are romantically involved.  She clarifies the difference between a triad and the letter-shaped romantic configurations (yes, she attempts to diagram these using her fingers)

I enjoy silvurhuntress’s videos for a couple of reasons. First, she is very candid and informal in addressing her audience, which gives her work a more approachable feel.  The videos are edited to include the bloopers (and add funny captions around them).  Second, she repeatedly states that her advice is one method of living poly (rather than the ‘one true way’), and she also indicates that polyamory is not for everyone. :)

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Posted on February 16, 2009
Stuart, Gemma, and Ben

Stuart, Gemma, and Ben

Through word of mouth, I found out about a polyamorous themed series called Family. The show is written, edited, and directed by Terisa Greenan, who herself is in a polyamorous relationship. The main characters in this series are Gemma and her boyfriends Stuart and Ben, who together form a V (unless there’s strong relationship bonds between Ben and Stuart, at which point we have an actual “triad”).

The production company, 3 Dog Pictures, made a daring move by publishing both “censored” and “uncensored” episodes on YouTube. The uncensored versions included full female and male nudity and simulated sex.  They were pulled from YouTube on February 11th, but are still available on Daily Motion.

I watched the current episodes of the series (there are 7 as of this post) on my own. Wanting additional feedback before writing this, I put together the following panel:

  • My husband, Corey
  • One of my close poly friends
  • An acquaintance who is new to the concept of polyamory


Throughout the viewing, the “poly n00b” watched intently, but constantly had an expression of confusion on her face.  The rest of us alternated between laughing like hyenas and cracking jokes at eachother when some of the circumstances portrayed in the series hit too close to home.  

I like the show from a train-wreck watching standpoint. The female in the V relationship, Gemma, gets herself into troublesome situations which seem all too familiar to experienced polyfolk.  She doesn’t disclose the details about her new boyfriend to her current lovers, Stuart and Ben.  She also seems to ignore the red flags that said boyfriend may be hiding their relationship from his wife (the meeting of Gemma and said wife being constantly stalled, dates being set at the same place where they can’t be seen, etc.)  Stuart and Ben appear to be the stable points in the relationship – watch the series, and you’ll understand how scary that realization is… O.o

Episode 2, “Dewdrop In”, showcases the most outrageous stereotypes of those that make up a poly community – from vegan, new-age energy workers to a player and his 2 girlfriends (with flashbacks of the first girlfriend freaking out on the other two people).  The “coincidence” that all but two members of the group work at Microsoft (the series is set in Seattle) mirrors another stereotype about the poly community – that those within the group tend to run in the same larger social circles (pagan and Ren Fest come to mind, at least within the Twin Cities poly community).

If the intent was to create a comedy that borders satire, with current polyamorists being the target audience, the show hits the mark. However, if this is meant for general public consumption, this series makes polyamory seem more /drama-filled than a different way of having a normal life.

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