You Me Her: A heteronormative representative of polyamory?

Author: Elisa Armstrong

Armstrong, Elisa, 2018 You Me Her: A heteronormative representative of polyamory?, Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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Abstract

This work seeks to explore the representation of polyamory in the American scripted television show You Me Her. Polyamory has features rarely popular culture, so is important to consider how it is represented and the resulting understanding of polyamory that people gain from the show, due to the potential social implications for those practicing polyamory. Academic work and books on polyamory were compared with You Me Her to understand what the show chose to include and to compare the experiences of the characters with those described in research and texts. Whilst You Me Her does explore some key aspects of polyamory, ultimately it frames polyamory within a heteronormative and mononormative perspective.

Keywords: polyamory, nonmonogamy, consensual nonmonogamy, mononormative relationships

Subject: Women's Studies thesis

Thesis type: Masters
Completed: 2018
School: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Supervisor: Dr Heather Brook