In this bonus episode, Claire is joined by Andy Adams, from the Growth Arc. Together they read through Life History and Multi-Partner Mating: A Novel Explanation for Moral Stigma Against Consensual Non-monogamy. The article uses a new categorization for CNM - either multi-partner or open relationship. And they exclude non-consensual non-monogamy (yay!). But was Life History Theory the best explanation for their findings? What does risk and romance have to do with one another? And do people assume the worst of one another?
This article was published in 2020, and was written by Mogilski, Justin & Mitchell, Virginia & Reeve, Simon & Donaldson, Sarah & Nicolas, Sylis & Welling, Lisa. It was published in Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (10.3389/fpsyg.2019.03033).
The Growth Arc is an educational-based coaching program for your relationships needs - whether that’s a relationship with yourself, another person, or multiple people. You can find The Growth Arc on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and of course at https://www.thegrowtharc.com/.
Life History Theory as presented by Claire draws on the library of resources found here and you can find Sarah Hill’s interview on puberty and Life History Theory on the ‘Here We Are’ podcast episode 126.
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Claire and Sebastian are joined by Michael Hagg, from Probably Poly, and we tackle a big question. Is polyamory an identity or sexual orientation? Taking the core text to be a 2014 article from C.Kleese, in which the author conducts a descriptive lit review of academic and activist discussions on sexual orientation and traces contradictory voices in current debates on polyamory.
While some consider polyamory to be nothing more than a convenient label for their current relationship constellations or a handy tool for communicating their willingness to enter more than one relationship at a time, others claim it as one of their core identities. But is there something political in using sexual orientation language? Could polyamory join the LGBTQIA+ movement? And how much do labels actually help us in the first place?
Polyamory: Intimate practice, identity or sexual orientation? by Christian Klesse was first published February 5, 2014. This can be found on Sage Pub here. We also mention another Kleese article in this episode, regarding 'slippery slope' arguments made about polyamory, which can be found here.
To hear more from Michael Haff, we urge you to check out Probably Poly! For more on the Young Poly Carolinas you can see their facebook here, or listen to their Probably Poly guest episode here.
In this bonus episode, Claire and Sebastian are joined by special guest co-host Jenelle Marie Pierce of The STI Project: Breaking the Stigma®, to discuss whether non-monogamy agreements can improve ones perceived sense of sexual self-control, and therefore make us more likely to engage in condom negotiation and use. And boy, do we get in it! Reading a fantastic article by David L Rodrigues, Diniz Lopes and Terri D. Conley, first published February 13, 2019. This can be found on Taylor & Francis Online here. This Portuguese study of Second Love @secondlove___ users, this study is relevant to the future of STI interventions in Europe.
In this Bonus Episode, Sebastian sits down with Matthew Thomas (polyam Attorney at Law - @m.p.thomas), to talk a new definition of domestic partnerships recently written into city ordinance in their home Sommerville (Boston, MA).
The future of the legal protections for multi-partner living is now! In July 2020, partially due to COViD19, Sommerville, Massachusetts, passed a city ordinance which effectively changed the definition of a domestic partnership to include more than two consenting adults. Its hard to underestimate the importance this could have on the legal status of polyamorous people and relationships in the USA. With its overwhelming positive reception, Cambridge, MA, is now considering following suit.