With all the excitement over the recent rulings on DOMA (declared unconstitutional in part) and California’s Prop 8 (thrown out), Loving More Nonprofit’s release of a summary of some of the results of their 2012 Survey is timely indeed.
So what DO polyamorous people want? Are we happy? What do we think about marriage? These are some of the questions addressed in the Loving More 2012 survey (endorsed by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, aka NCSF) of over 4,000 self-identified polyamorous people. A summary report from these findings was recently released, and you can read it by clicking this link:
I found the survey interesting, if somewhat flawed (the limitations of the survey are openly discussed in this summary article.) Some of the findings are no surprise whatsoever (e.g., there are MANY more bisexual people in the Loving More population than in the general population, as represented by the General Social Survey.)
Also of interest is the fact that
“consensually non-monogamous individuals were significantly more likely to have practiced safer sex with all partners, to have undergone STI testing, and to have had conversations about safer sex practices than were sexually unfaithful individuals in ostensibly monogamous relationships.”
The authors suggest — and I agree — that this is
“in keeping with general polyamorous ideologies of rigorous honesty in sexual relationships.”
I think it also matches up with the “poly mantra” of Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.
One of my favorite personal statistics from this survey is that
“the LM population was slightly, but significantly, happier than the general population.”
On the whole, it’s an interesting survey, and worth a look, especially for those of us who are academically minded… or just plain curious.
Here’s hoping that you, too are happy in your relationships, no matter who, or how many you love!
PS: Did you know I’m already licensed to perform marriages in CA (and most other states)? I love co-creating custom rituals for weddings, handfastings, and other Life Milestone ceremonies for people of any and all genders, involved in any and all healthy and supportive relationship structures. Check out my LoveOTB Ministerial Services Page for more information! No matter who or how many you love, Love is ALWAYS OK!
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[© 2013 Dawn M. Davidson]