First, let me apologize for my absence. Life has been pretty busy the last few weeks. I am preparing to take and pass the CAPM exam this Friday. Additionally, Atlanta Poly Weekend is right around the corner and its all hands on deck planning team for that. Also I have a family that wants to see me and I need some me time every now and then.
Speaking of ME time looks like that’s what Izzy is going to be doing ….
So recapping quickly if you aren’t current, Izzy went to Jack and Emma’s to try and patch things up from the whole bit where she scared the crap out of them emotionally. ANd ends up doing it again.
Izzy, who is truly head over heals in NRE with Jack and Emma, is exhibiting classic NRE behavior or reading a lot into what’s happening, moving with emotions and not thinking through her actions. And Jack and Emma, being more seasoned in the long term relationship application of principles, seem to be moving with a fun and logical approach (in their eyes) to the decisions, EVEN though those decisions do not take Izzy’s feelings into account. They don’t see that. Until it’s too late and Izzy is hurt. They are confused. And everything is upside down again. This is where/how it becomes problematic in Poly relationships. I think the show gets this right.
Izzy has been hurt a few times in quick succession and is scared that she is making huge mistakes that will end up ruining her life. What’s a person to do? Go Home. Yep back to the safety of Mom and look for the guidance that was there as a child. I understand this response. There were many times in early poly days I wished I could run away from it all and find wisdom….. But I didn’t have anywhere to run. Izzy at least has a safe harbor to return to, clear her head, and then decide if this really is something she wants to pursue.
This show really highlights a phenomenon that happens a lot in the Poly community. Where a couple has one set of expectations and a 3rd person comes in and has a different set of expectations. ANd the couple is looking out for the couple’s best interest (jobs, community standing, peer acceptance, etc) and the 3rd individual just wants to be a part of something that they feel is really satisfying. In real life it isn’t always as fast a 7 days like it is in the show, although I have seen it move that quickly.
There is a lot of growth from this in the poly community as of late . The focus is moving from couple centric thinking and practice to an individuals right to choose what is best for themself. In doing so it is really helping to circumvent some of the problems that come into poly relationships with regard to hierarchy and power exchange.
I kinda wish they had more time to put into the show to highlight the resolutions styles that the people are using. But hey its a first season sitcom, what can I expect. A LOT more communication takes place than what they are able to show in the time they have allowed. And sometimes, its not as pretty as TV would depict it. Don’t get me wrong, this show isn’t all rainbows and puppy dogs, however, conversations go more like “The Morning After” a lot more frequently than one would think. ESPECIALLY early in the relationship building period.
I want to bring to light one thing that I haven’t touched on yet… Jack and Emma, they still have the same problem they had before Izzy came into the picture. Granted they are having sex, but they didn’t do anything to FIX that problem… All they did was introduce a distraction from that problem. ANd that is how they are treating Izzy as well, as a distracting, treatment for an underlying issue that they both are contributing to. Polyamory, is NOT a cure for a hurting relationship. I think Jack and Emma have some personal issues that they need to work on before they can be individually healthy enough to move into a full Poly relationship. Jack is insecure and unsure of himself, Emma feels alone and without support from her partner of many years.
IN MY OPINION. Relationship problems = People Problems. I don’t care what kind of relationship one is in….. If it has issues, problems or isn’t working the way it was when you started, and nothing has changed, may want to take a deeper look into ones self, chances are you will find where that change occurred inside.
Only one episode is left in this season and we haven’t heard if there will be a second season or not. I’m really looking forward to seeing it. its going to really sum up my whole thought process on this show. Up to this point I really think the show has done a fairly accurate representation of how ONE style of Polyamory is initiated. Something to remember is that there is no one true way for polyamory. There isnt a cookie cutter design. Polyamory is best practiced as individuals making connections with other individuals. Even if those individuals are in other coupled or non coupled relationships.
Thanks to John Scott Shepherd for putting together a great show. And also for mentioning my reviews in an interview. I am happy to provide feedback and glad you like what you are hearing. Also thank to the YOU ME Her Social media team for engaging with us on twitter and facebook. I look forward to getting my umbrella soon! I wish there was more time to get you all to come to Atlanta Poly Weekend this year.