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Ask A Sociologist About Polyamory, Marriage, And Families

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Elisabeth Sheff is a sociologist and the author of The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families. She's here today to answer questions about the changing landscape of American marriages, relationships, and family systems.

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In addition to her book, Sheff has also authored a number of academic and legal articles from her 15 years of research focusing on polyamory, gender, families, and sexual minorities.

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She'll be joining us from 11:00 am-12:00pm (Pacific time) today, so start asking her your questions now in the comments. She'll be answering as many as she can while she's here.

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DISCUSSION

I have almost no problems with polyamory. (Personally, I couldn't pull it off...)

The only problem I can see is that it's used as a religious excuse for men to abuse women. That's not polyamory's fault though. That's just men.

What do you think about the power play between men and women in relation to polyarmory? Obviously I haven't read your work yet.