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So I just finished a pretty good book - Sleight of Hand by Laura Adams. It was a very engaging story, if a bit haphazardly written, but one plot point really made me step back and go 'whoa'. A lot of the book hinges on the conflict within the heroine when she realizes she loves two women. When she finally tells her current lover that she loves someone else as well, it is automatically assumed by everyone involved that the relationship is over. The thought of trying to have both relationships never even crosses anyone's mind.

Now I know this is the default point of view for most people in the world - hell, it was mine as little as five years ago, but now I have trouble grasping the concept that nobody would even consider the idea. So much hate and jealousy and anger must come from this ingrained taboo against loving more than one person, and it sickens me that there must be millions of people out there who think they are wrong/bad/evil every day for wanting or loving someone in addition to their partner.

This is almost enough to make me want to go out and become a crusader for polyamory, and I'm not the crusading type. There are certainly people out there who are better suited for monogamy - I don't want to turn the entire world poly, but I at least want people to know they have that choice.

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