Kim and Dustin, a married couple for eleven years, recently opened up their marriage to explore relationships with additional partners. The couple met Vinson, whom Kim dates but not Dustin; together, the trio has become a family unit with their children playing together. In a time where polyamorous relationships are still not widely accepted, the trio’s story is featured on TLC’s “Seeking Brother Husband” TV series. The series follows a group of married women who seek to date and marry men in addition to their first husbands. The show documents the partners’ struggles with jealousy, unsupportive family members, and conversations about polyamory.
Kim and Dustin first discussed the possibility of opening up their marriage after ten years together, but they were already comfortable speaking about attractions that existed outside their marriage. For example, if Kim found someone else attractive or Dustin had a crush, their relationship remained stable because of their connection. Dustin and Kim believe in each other’s individual spiritual growth, including emotional and sexual growth, leading them to consider opening their marriage. After they began dating other partners at the year mark, Kim stated that opening up their relationship only increased their already great sex life. Now, Kim wants to date more men, but this has left Vinson feeling uncertain about the change. He believes he will not fit into their dynamic as the second male partner.
Kim and Dustin’s story is both refreshing and brave as it showcases how love exists in various forms. The way that they have worked together to explore their journey, despite the societal norms and stigmas, is what makes their story worth sharing. It is beneficial to show others that open relationships like theirs can bring joy, love, and light to anyone who desires that kind of love. With reality shows like “Seeking Brother Husband,” it shows society is becoming increasingly open to the possibilities of polyamory.