Consensual non-monogamous (CNM) relationships are an alternative to normative monogamous relationships that are often not represented in media and when they are it is often in a negative light. Research shows that CNM behaviors are highly stigmatized. I examined the representation of CNM in two popular television shows, Shameless and American Horror Story: Hotel. American Horror Story: Hotel represents CNM in a negative way whereas Shameless aims for a more progressive viewpoint. I conclude that American Horror Story: Hotel contributes to the stereotypes surrounding CNM while Shameless attempts to normalize an uncommon style of relationship.
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