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Rd Ashes 3rd Nov 2015, 5:56 PM edit delete
Rd Ashes
So, their living arrangement isn't by any means unusual for the people on Zho-van.

Continued on Thursday.
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sigpig 3rd Nov 2015, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
sigpig
NAILED IT!!!

Have you read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein? It MAY just give you some ideas... ;-p
Rd Ashes 3rd Nov 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Rd Ashes
A+ Sig! ;-)

Very funny that you should mention that book.
I was just discussing "Stranger in a Strange Land" with a friend a few days ago. I read that one many, many moons ago.

I didn't read "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" though. I'm going to check that one out right now.
Stever 4th Nov 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
Stever
Very cool! I also read STRANGER a long time ago, but I remember loving it. I'll have to check out THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS though, because I've really enjoyed ever Heinlein book I've ever read.
sigpig 4th Nov 2015, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
sigpig
That book won a Hugo for Best Novel as well - one of the SIX to RAH's credit (the other four were Double Star and Starship Troopers; and Farmer in the Sky and The Man Who Sold the Moon {awarded posthumously}).

The theme in Mistress to which I refer, is the concept of "Line Marriage" (NOT to be confused with the title of the comic). "The total population is about three million, with men outnumbering women two to one, so that polyandry is the norm." (Wikipedia entry) I immediately thought of this when I made that fateful comment tow pages ago... ;p
Rd Ashes 4th Nov 2015, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Rd Ashes
I love playing with concepts like that, especially if it's in an apocalyptic environment.
I need more time to create yet another comic. Stupid day job!
>:-|
MadJak91 4th Nov 2015, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
MadJak91
How deeply integrated is this into the culture?
What I mean is how common is it for one member to say: "Hey. Get your own!"

Is there a limit? Like can you form a unit with 2+2+2 and so on?
I guess 6+ is VERY impractical though and 2 or 4 sounds about right.
Rd Ashes 4th Nov 2015, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Rd Ashes
On Zho-van this was practiced even before The Line showed up.
This is one of the things in their culture that they've preserved though the take-over by The Line.

It's been adopted by Line members that are non-native to Zho-van, but living there permanently now.

Since each person has their own "partner", there's not usually feelings of "Hey, get your own". :-)
Usually it's two couples that merge into a marriage together.
Khy has no partner right now for reasons that I'll get to in the comic later.

You don't see 2+2+2. Too many people. ;-)
It's difficult enough to work at a relationship with 4 people.

(yes, I've thought about this more than what's healthy, I'm sure)
(There should be much more on this later. I hope my awesome readers are still around for that long!)
sigpig 4th Nov 2015, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
sigpig
The way I read it is the "2+2" is that each couple have their primary partners, and then switch off every once and a while for a bit of variety. I honestly think that it would eliminate a lot of jealousy in the relationships...

Think about it - you can sleep with your husband's wife, and bitch to her about your own; while she does the same thing with him. Win-win all around!!!

(Except when they both PMS at the same time - that's when the guys go camping for the week... lol)

Rd Ashes 4th Nov 2015, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Rd Ashes
Yep, that's pretty much the concept here.
:-)
Each person having their own partner is key.

I mean, it's not perfect, but that's the socially accepted norm.
It works well for child rearing, improves finances, helps with fidelity, builds a strong camaraderie between the two guys and the two girls. :-)
They have to work at these relationships and there's a few generally accepted rules, but this society is pretty happy.

One of the reasons they call it the Zho-van playground. :-)
MadJak91 5th Nov 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
MadJak91
Thanks guys :D

I just hope people are not forced into it, haha!
Like I would only prefer one partner myself and no sharing or switching :>
lirvilas 5th Nov 2015, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
@sigpig: yes yes Heinlein is notorious for the creative marriage arrangements in his work. Sometime we'll have to go camping, drink a bunch of beers, and get into a loud argument over him.

@MadJak: Calling BS on your pro-monogamy statement--you're European, ha ha ha.

@RD: RD? You mean R&B...