The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #180: The Polycule

In our last sex and parenthood episode, we talked a bit about polyamory with sex therapist Esther Perel. And we heard from a few of you that you’re definitely curious about how polyamorous parents make it work.

Here at the show, we’ve noticed that an increasing number of young adults have stopped treating lifelong monogamy as a given when they enter relationships. If so, what does that mean for parenthood?

Tune in to get to know three polyamorous parents in a midwestern city who are part of a group called The Polycule.

A scene from this year’s Polycule Thanksgiving

A polycule is a common name for a community of polyamorous adults. This specific group started out with about 5 or 6 core members, and has grown to 10. Most of them are in their 30s, many are bisexual or queer, about half of them are married, and about half of them are raising kids. While the relationships within the group come in many forms, the members all believe that building community around ethical non-monogamy has made the better partners and parents.