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10.25.2019

CBSN ORIGINALS EXPLORES THE EVOLVING NATURE OF MONOGAMY

Non-Monogamy” Available Now Across CBS News’ Digital Properties

Oct. 25, 2019 – Relationships between two people are complicated. But what happens when you add additional partners into the mix? For years, monogamy has dominated what society perceives as, and allows to be, “normal,” but in the modern era, those parameters are softening. According to a 2016 study in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, one in five people have engaged in consensual non-monogamy at some point in their life. Individuals across the country are taking part in forms of non-monogamy as they feel more free to engage in relationship structures that work best for them.

The newest CBSN Originals documentary, “Non-Monogamy,” highlights individuals engaging in various forms of consensual non-monogamy including polyamory, a triad monogamous relationship, a polyfidelitous closed quad, and a committed couple dating outside of their marriage. As Dr. Elisabeth Sheff puts it, “I think of it almost like a menu, a relationship menu, and that serial monogamy is at the top of the menu, and probably the most popular dish that people order, but there’s all these other things that people can order now, and they are.”

Non-Monogamy” is the first episode in a new six-part CBSN Originals series titled “Speaking Frankly,” which will bring viewers into conversations on topics that are often seen as impolite or too controversial to fully discuss. The first installment of “Speaking Frankly” will tackle the ways we relate to one another in the modern world through first-person interviews on topics, from non-monogamous relationships to personal experiences with child marriage in America, to how pornography is warping perspectives on sex and relationships, to the unprecedented challenges of raising children in a rapidly changing world.

The documentary is available now across all CBS News digital properties including CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming network. The documentary will also stream on CBSN on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 PM, ET.

CBSN launched its documentary series, CBSN Originals, in January 2016, adding a new dimension to the network with immersive reports that take a deep dive into some of the key issues driving national and global conversations. To date, CBSN has streamed 45 Originals on a range of topics including the mass migration from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, social media’s role in the violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, gender identity, and the dangerous journey to America through the Darien Gap, among others.

Catch up on the entire slate of CBSN Originals: https://cbsn.ws/2T1NRug

CBSN, CBS News’ streaming news service, is available live, 24/7 via CBSNews.com/live and on all CBS News mobile apps. Stream CBSN anytime, anywhere on your phone, tablet or connected device for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and game consoles like Xbox and PlayStation.

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Rachel Zuckerman

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rachel.zuckerman@cbsinteractive.com