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Monogamy, Mary from Manchester and multiple partners: RTÉ viewers were as baffled as Vogue Williams last night

It’s not for Vogue.

“IS MONOGAMY DEAD? No. But non-monogamy is very much alive,” Vogue Williams concluded after dipping her toe in the waters of the polyamorous pool for her latest RTÉ documentary.

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During a whistlestop tour which included Dublin, Cork, Manchester and San Francisco, Vogue sought to learn more about the people who have decided that the monogamous way of life just simply isn’t for them.

Although abundantly clear in her stance from the start, Vogue goes in with a relatively open mind, asks insightful questions about her subjects’ time-management skills, and reserves judgement to some extent… well, until she is firmly out of earshot, that is.

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Let’s take 44-year old Mary from Manchester who has a husband, a live-in partner and two boyfriends.

I can’t get my head around Mary’s set-up. She’s a bit of a greedy boots.

And how about Kevin and Evita who maintained a monogamous relationship for a decade, before opting for the polyamorous way of life?

Well, Vogue absolutely loved them because they didn’t sidestep the small matter of envy in such set-ups.

She once broke a window in jealousy!

And what about the woman who sleeps with married men?

Well, in this instance, Vogue’s mind was about as open as a firmly shut door, prefacing the interview by telling viewers:

Sorry, but I don’t like her already.

From couples in their 20s who are content with an open relationship and married couples who are new to the polyamorous way of life to experts in the field of marriage, non-conventional unions and sexual health, Vogue wasn’t about to rest until she could officially say she had gotten her head around the whole shebang.

And then there was Des and Mona.

Concluding the documentary with a less-than-subtle suggestion that the monogamous route trumps all others, Vogue met with a couple who have been married over fifty years and who pulled at the heartstrings of a nation earlier this year when word landed that Des had learned how to do Mary’s makeup on account of her failing eyesight.

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Having recently wed her own partner of two years, Spencer Matthews, Vogue concluded that Des and Mona’s dynamic was the one for her.

And on the whole, it seemed like Twitter was in agreement.

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