PW 354: Wife Swap

When a poly family swaps wives with a right-wing family on a reality TV show, who comes off better?

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1:00 Announcements and host chat

  • LustyGuy is cohosting!

2:00 Topic: Polyamory on Wife Swap

On the reality TV show Wife Swamp, a polyamorous family swapped wives (not sexual, just lifestyle) with a right-wing religious family. Who came off better? Across the board, reviewers agree it was the poly family!

31:50 Happy Poly Moment

Dominic from Wisconsin calls in to share a moment in which life rewards courage!

35:00 Feedback: Episode 350

  • AggieSez calls in to let us know about unmarried equality
  • Frank writes in to ask why there are any tax benefits at all to marriage
  • Jason comments that we should have marriage be defined by the individuals involved, not the government
  • S shares her situation in which she lives with partners and then married one, which brought up conflicting emotions regarding the other relationship. No answers, but she poses some great questions.
  • Edward reminds us about marriage in the Roman Empire.

46:00 Thank you

Thanks to Marshall, Isabelle, Denise and Kerra for their donations this week!

Wrap up

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10 comments to PW 354: Wife Swap

  • Doug Moran

    Posted this on Facebook but don’t mind repeating it here:

    Listened to your and Lustyguy’s comments with interest, particularly in the area of legality and what constitutes legal civil marriage. The more I think about it, the more I think we should ditch the entire concept because, as you pointed out, it’s unfair. It’s government legislating morality. I think that instead of having something called “marriage”, which is assumed to be between only two people (and by default of opposite sex), we should leave “marriage” to the churches, and instead just define something like “legally-registered households”, where any person or number of people can legally join together as a “family unit”, with the rights and privileges of family members. Not just poly units, but think of situations similar to what I had in my 20s, where I lived in group houses far from my “real” family, and would very much have wanted a way from my housemate to be able to, e.g., visit me in the hospital, or have legal say when I was incapacitated. Think about seniors living together who would benefit from such an arrangement.

    Not that it will happen, of course; it’s too deeply ingrained in the culture. But it just occurred to me while listening to you two discuss marriage.

  • First time listener. I’m hooked! Fantastic show.

    Keeme

  • Cunning Minx

    Welcome Keeme! And thanks for the comments, Doug. It does seem that when one actually analyzes the reasoning behind legal marriage, the whole reasoning for it kind of falls apart, doesn’t it?

  • I don’t believe that you need to define the relationship you choose. But have to say that Rush Limbaugh complaining about unconventional marriage is the pot calling the kettle black…3 or 4 failed marriages. Great Podcast!

  • Thanks for the shout out about my facebook comment, and thanks again for retweeting my Poly marriage post a few weeks back on Polyamorous Paganism. I love your show and I’m always unreasonably giddy to hear you’ve read something I wrote.

  • Dan

    Thank you Minx!!! after listening to the show for several months I realized just how my communication skills were messed up! love the how to argue episode so much my wife and her boy friend loved it to! we found ourselves saying to one another “You do that!” so thank you and I listened to the episode that announced you were going to be here in St. Louis a week AFTER you were here :( but thanks to the show we have joined a discussion group in this area and this are going great!

    • Cunning Minx

      I’m hoping to come back for Conflation next year, and bring LustyGuy and L with me! So be sure to listen next January for notices of upcoming escapades in the South!

  • Dude Sweet

    Kind of odd I consider myself right of politics but am also polyamorous.

    • Cunning Minx

      No worries, Dude. We have plenty of right-leaners and downright Republicans among us. I may tease a bit, but all are welcome.

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