Poly-gone

February 19, 2009 rooroo

Monday sexual health seminars have been interesting to say the least, but not really enjoyable on my part:

Another medic [in the context of finding out if patients are having sex in parts of the world where HIV is highly prevalent]: “So are we meant to ask if couples go on Safari and swing with the African tour guides? Har har!” God, you’re so funny and profoundly insightful, let me go and rip my sides off, they’re splitting already.

Towards the end of the session, the tutors had a list of ‘alternative lifestyles’ listed up on the board as an example of how we as doctors should be aware of and non-judgemental about. I was surprised to see Polygamy on the list, which the registrar addressed: “And some people choose to have more than one relationship, sexual or otherwise at a time.” I wanted to ask whether they meant polyamory rather than polygamy, as the latter is more familiar and controversial among people and tends to be associated with marriage than relationships as a whole.

Instead, I kept schtum. Mainly apathy and tiredness. And partly because I don’t want certain assumptions made about me by the likes of Safari Boy. Then again it might make classes more interesting if he did.

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Entry Filed under: med school, polyamory, relationships, sex

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wolfshowl&hellip  | 

    LOL
    Since when is polyamory an alternative lifestyle anyway? Isn’t it just dating?

  • 2. rooroo&hellip  | 

    Well, that was their definition of what constitutes an alternative lifestyle. Other things listed on the list included things like LGBT and S&M (slowly ticking them off in my head). It’s not like polyamory is the status quo, unless people in London are hiding it really well. My dating background before my current relationship was more of a serial monogamy, I didn’t multitask well.

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