I’ve written about a Tom Smith song before, but today I was reminded of a much older song that also deals with a more-than-two shipping, of a combination of historical and fictional figures. In the 1997 song, “Bermuda Triangle,” the narrator settles down with Amelia Earhart. He describes meeting her where he has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle and the grand party going on there:
Who’s that walkin’ on down the line?
It’s Amelia Earhart, she’s lookin’ fine,
She said, “Hey there, big boy, wanna go flyin’?”
I said, “Oh, mama, get me to the church on time!”
Bottle of wine, wheel of cheese,
Amelia on my lap and my hands on her knees.
She said, “Hey, now, my boyfriends’ll be back soon,
The Swamp Thing and the Creature from the Black Lagoon….”
However, this description is not to warn the narrator off. As he later describes:
And I’ve been found in the Bermuda Triangle,
Ain’t nothing ever been so right,
I’m playing poker tomorrow with Ambrose Bierce and Che Guevara,
And Amelia’s by every night.
While shipping Amelia Earhart with the Swamp Thing and the Creature from the Black Lagoon is of course fiction, a fan-ship OT3 of sorts, the plot has some basis in reality, as our friend polyinthemedia.blogspot explains over at Polyamory in the News. Correspondence from Amelia Earhart to her eventually-husband George Putnam show her negotiation for what we might call an open marriage, one in which through honesty the pair can avoid any “difficulties […] should you or I become interested deeply (or in passing) in anyone else.”
Lovely all around.
Hi friends, sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been too busy, you know, being poly. As they say: love is infinite, but the number of hours in the day is not. Anyway, back at it with… Rick and Morty.
The “B” plot of the 2013 Rick and Morty episode “Anatomy Park” focuses on the Smith family Christmas, and father Jerry’s attempt to impose a technology-free zone as his parents come to visit. Poly-licious spoilers below the cut.
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Like The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side, I think Moxy Fruvous’s (1999) song “When She Talks” can be read as a serenade to a poly lady, by a non-poly guy. I read this particularly in the lines
A man should not be blamed for wanting to make her mine
But you can’t define the girl,
She’s her. And I would never try.
When it’s time I know she won’t stay with me.
How could just one man ever make her happy?
It’s sad that the implication is that “more-than-two” means “won’t stay together,” but it’s happy that “she wants more than one” doesn’t mean “she’s a terrible person I could never really love.” I also appreciate that it is explicitly non-possessive. The singer feels possessive, but feels bad about it.
Today we return to music, specifically the theme of singers serenading poly ladies. This one is pretty explicit: The Magnetic Fields’ (1999) “Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side.” The narrator recounts the many lovers of the object of his affection. It highlights the uniqueness of various relationships, which seem to coexist (John buys the gown for her to wear to the prom with Tom). The narrator is the luckiest guy because she wants to go for drives in his car. He never expresses any animosity towards anyone else.
It’s not totally unproblematic… she goes to prom, but “professor Blumen” also makes her “feel like a woman”, so the implication is that a professor is dating a high school student, and that’s a major put-off for me. But the general idea of many loves is there. I am putting it under “poly interpretations,” however, because one could also interpret it as simple “dating and rating” with a monogamous ended (the narrator remarks “Harry is the one I think you’ll marry”).
I am not necessarily surprised to have to tell you that Judy King was not the poly hero this blogger desires — and only may or may not be the poly criminal Orange is the New Black deserves. Extremely minor spoilers below the cut.
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Orange is the New Black Season 4 has hit Netflix, and a character who was briefly introduced at the end of last season has revealed herself to be a “polyamory expert.” Details as I watch, as I am sure more will be revealed, but thus far:
Edit: details/having watched the the rest of the season here (spoiler alert, I am disappointed, although not surprised at being disappointed). Hi Redditors. I agree with you, don’t worry. Feel encouraged to comment.
Season 4, Episode 1 (2016) – Work that Body for Me
Judy’s boyfriend Bill escorts her to the prison. As he leaves, Judy tells her to go visit her husband, noting that he is probably more upset than Judy or Bill are about the whole thing. Luschek asks for clarification – Bill is not Judy’s husband? Judy identifies him as her boyfriend. Luschek and Judy continue to talk about it, but most of that conversation is off screen. They bond! Since Judy sent Bill to comfort Judy’s husband, I infer that the relationship is on the up-and-up.
Season 4, Episode 4 (2016) – Dr. Psycho
Luschek and Judy are still bonding. They are playing a game and Luschek quotes Wonder Woman – “Suffering Sappho!” Judy offers up the fun fact that Wonder Woman’s creator had “two wives” and expounded on the connection between their kinky sex life and Wonder Woman’s propensity for finding herself tied up. Dropping the truth bombs! Luschek asks her how she knows these things, and she identifies herself as a “polyamory expert.” “Right,” Luschek notes, “the whole husband-and-boyfriend-thing.” It’s friggin’ delightful, I can’t wait for more.
Bandits (2001) follows the story of the “sleepover bandits” Joe and Terry, who find themselves in a love triangle with Kate when she refuses to choose between them. In contrast to our previous “polyandry” reviews, Joe and Terry meet Kate together as she is fleeing her painfully boring life with as housewife to a rich but negligent husband, and each develops a relationship with her. When they begin to fight and tell her to choose, she takes a stand and explains that she feels no need to choose, and that she wants each man for very different reasons. After much banditry, the film ends with a successful relationship as the three make their way to Mexico and live happily ever after. However, this relationship is outside the law, and even the country. The ending reflects well on polyamory, but only within an outlaw context. This contrasts with the legal shows’ polygynous themes, which demonstrate a concern for legitimizing the arrangement. The main characters in Bandits were already outlaws, and feel no need to legitimate their outlaw relationship.
Our first film review! What a fun place to start – scifi comedy! Futurama’s 2008 Beast with a Billion Backs shares a lot with Friends’ “The One with the Butt.” In both, the protagonist finds himself in an exciting new relationship with a woman, but later finds out he is not the only man in her relationship. In both, the protagonist is neither the first nor the last man in the woman’s life. In this case, Fry moves in with his girlfriend Colleen and her four other boyfriends.
Spoilers below the cut.
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Degrassi Season 14, Episode 6 (2014) outright uses the polyamory word – but don’t get too excited. It turns out to be one of the most egregious examples of our Evil Poly Tropes, specifically “Poly just means fear of commitment.”
BELOW BE SPOILERS, Y’ARR
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Quick hit: Tom Smith has a 2006 song called “Hey, It’s Can(n)on” which, in honor of her birthday being on Talk Like a Pirate Day, tells the tale of “Hermione Granger the Pirate Queen.” One of the later verses addresses one of fandom’s favorite love triangles – Harry, Ron, and Hermione – and resolves it the same way I scream at the screen to resolve any similar love triangle drama. Tom sings:
Now here’s the part we talk about with whom she’s locking lips
‘Cause after all a Pirate Queen has got to have her ‘ships
Some say Harry’s her true love, or Ron she will betroth
She finally cried, “I can’t decide! I’ll have to have them both.”