Polyamory Media Association was created to bridge the gulf between media events and people who choose non-monogamous relationship styles. Polyamory has been making headlines more and more often over the last several years, but poly folk are still hard to find. The "polyamory movement" is also not much of a movement yet, the way the GLBT and other civil rights organizations are. Also, many people choose non-monogamous relationships but are unaware of, or choose not to be included in, the "poly community" or the label "polyamorous". So representatives of the media have nowhere to turn to when they want to find people to interview. We've all seen requests in the Yahoo! groups and poly forums, but there are so many online venues for poly folk nowadays that it's difficult to wade through them all to find those few media-friendly poly folk.
Poly folk also do not have the benefit of years of organizing that the GLBT and other civil rights group have. Those groups have spent time and energy learning how to properly present their viewpoints in the most efficient manner to get their point across. But who do poly folk turn to when they want to learn the same skills? How do poly folk even learn how to let the media know that they are available for media attention?
Polyamory Media Association is made up of regular poly folk who have begun blazing the trail. Our staff members have put ourselves in the line of fire to learn the hard way how to speak in a way that limits being taken out of context. We have had the trial by fire of learning what the media really means when they make offers and how to stand up for ourselves and how to represent our communties with dignity.
The staff at PMA also has connected with the media side of the transaction to discover what the media wants and needs to create their story and we want to use our poly contacts to help spread the word that polyamory is a valid, alternative method to monogamy for those who want one. We believe that the media-subject relationship does not need to be an adversarial one, and in fact, both sides are better able to acheive their goals when we work together instead of against each other. Some of the PMA staff have worked on the side of the media, or have friends and acquaintences who do, and we would like to see both sides benefit from our mutual encounters.
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