|Respectablity/Polyamory/Unitarianism||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stuart Staniford-Chen (staniforcs.ucdavis.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 1 Feb 95 11:23 CST|
Rebecca Kaplan writes: > Despite all of this, no one has proposed cutting the > trumpeting of UU on this list in order to > protect the image of coho. why? I suggest that it is > because most people like UU, but don';t feel > comfortable with polyamory. I raise this again because There is another explanation. Lot's of people have indicated their communities have lots of Unitarian/Univeralists - presumably because they are telling the truth. Nobody has said that there are lots of polyamorous people in their community. I take that to mean that there aren't particularly many polyamorous people in most cohousing communities. Indeed, in my (admittedly limited) experience, polyamory is no more common in cohousing than anywhere else. I am comfortable with people being polyamorous - in my community or anywhere else. However, since it isn't particularly common, it is not a defining feature of cohousing at large. I think what others were worrying about was that elements of society opposed to cohousing would try to portray polyamory as a major feature of cohousing. In the climate of intolerance that is currently sweeping the country, this could harm cohousing. I think that's a legitimate fear. I understand early in N Street's history we had contact with a television station interested in doing a story on us. Apparently they came looking for stories of spouse-swapping, free-love, and the like. When they found out that we were fairly boring in that respect, they dropped the story. Nonetheless - I certainly don't think discussion about polyamory in cohousing should be suppressed or made to feel unwelcome here. But it should be confined to the specific context of cohousing and be realistic (IMO). Finally, I would appeal to folks to keep the courtesy level high: several posts on this thread have bordered on being personal attacks. That makes me uncomfortable. Stuart. N St Cohousing (As far as I'm aware, there are *no* Unitarians/Universalists at N St. I believe our only practising Christian is an Episcopalian).
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