Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Polyamorous lives in Australia and the US
Nikò Antalffy

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Date: 2015-09-26 11:30 AM – 01:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08


What does the lived experience of polyamorous people look like in Australia and the US? And who are these poly folk demographically? ‘Poly lives’ is an Australian based research project that provides an international comparative analysis of polyamorous people and their everyday lived experience. 20 in-depth structured interviews were carried out, 10 in each country, with a medium length survey attached to each. In this paper I will first present the demographic information from the surveys and analyse the issue of obtaining a representative sample when we know so little about the overall distribution of polyamorous individuals. Secondly, I will present the results from the 25 core categories and concepts that were analysed: how polyamory was discovered, relationship progression, length of experience, sexual orientation, types of relationship structure, agreement styles and safer sex negotiation, views on swinging and discrimination, views on polyamory as lifestyle choice vs orientation, jealousy, benefits and drawbacks of a poly life, poly ideals and utopias, and views on social acceptance. All these together give a rich depiction of poly folk in the two countries: their diversity, self-understanding, identity, strategies and everyday life practices.