The Guardian doesn’t get it

Thanks to a listener for bringing this article from the British paper The Guardian to my attention.

Here is what he wrote about Polyamory Weekly, the only sex podcast reviewed:

It is perhaps in the arena of sex, however, where the internet has previously delivered so impressively, that the podcast disappoints most. Polyamory Weekly, one of the hundreds of podcasts that carry an EXPLICIT tag, describes itself as “tales of responsible non-monogamy” and delves into the world of multiple-partner sexual encounters with all the verve of an episode of You and Yours. One tends to tune it out after a while, catching only mildly intriguing snippets, such as “… and I very politely said, as Greydancer was spanking me …” Host Minx constantly repeats what might well become the podcaster’s mantra: “Feel free to disagree with me, and if you do, email me!”

Now I feel bad for him. If he’s looking for titillation instead of a show about alternative relationships, maybe I should suggest that he try Fetish Flame or Open Source Sex, yes? I’m surprised he didn’t find them in his own research, since both shows are ranked far higher than humble little PW.

At first glance and a quick skim, my impression is that the article was written by someone who was thrown into the deep end of podcasting and suffers from quickie, unclear explanations of what it is, why and how it works, and what the benefits of it are. And I also fear that the poor journalist did do massive research that entailed listening to dozens of mediocre podcasts for hours on end all at once.

Yup, trying to weed the quality podcasts out of the pool of mediocre ones would set me a bit on edge, too. It’s a shame, though, that he spent so much time listening to not-so-great podcasts instead of talking to or interviewing podcast devotees or hosts to get the inside scoop on the power of the medium.

Polyamory Weekly #43 show notes

The new Polyamory Weekly #43 is up! Direct download is here.

0:00-2:00 Introduction and NEW FEED ANNOUNCEMENT
Intro, under-18 warning and re-direction to

Announcement: PW HAS MOVED ITS FEED!
Poly Weekly’s new site is at, and the new feed is iTunes will be updated soon, but to update by hand, just go into iTunes, click on the “Advanced” tab and then “Subscribe to podcast” and type “” into the box provided. Voila! Archives of 2005’s shows 1-40 will remain on

2:00-4:35 Podcasting technical update
minx got a new mic but isn’t too fond of it–what do you think?; and new Donate buttons.

4:35- Listener mail: Jealousy, time constraints
Michael writes in on how he deals with jealousy; Adam shares how he deals with envy or sadness asks if other listeners have personal rituals as well; 13:20 a listener asks about how to deal with time constraints

18:45-19:25 Announcement: Queer Sex Weekly is up!
My dear old friend, ‘s podcast, Queer Sex Weekly is up and on iTunes!

19:25-20:25 Sponsor: Great Sex Games
A word from about their podcast,, which features hosts Kidder Kaper, Lorax and their engineer, Coochie.

20:25-25:25 Announcement: Loving More Conference and seminar idea

The Loving More Conference is happening June 1-4, 2006, at the Saratoga Springs Retreat Center in Northen California. And did we mention it’s clothing-optional?

And thanks to Vannevar Morgan, who gave a fabulous seminar idea! If you have a story to tell about how you explained poly to someone, let the minx know!

25:25- Poly in the Media
B mentioned that This American Life interviewed a poly woman for their “I Enjoy Being a Girl (Sort of)” edition; sent in a Southern Voice article A Marriage of Many, about gay marriage rights leading to poly marriage rights.

-end Wrap-up
Remember to change your feed to!

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email me at or call the listener comment line at 206-600-5677. And hey, why not attach an audio comment to that email? 🙂 Thanks for listening!

If you like the intro/outro music, check out Pacemaker Jane, a cool band out of Ohio.

Polyamory Weekly #43

Polyamory Weekly #43 is up! Direct download is here.

Coming up on this week’s show: dealing with jealousy and time constraints, the Loving More poly conference and poly in the media.

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Erotica? Email minx at or call the listener comment line at 206-600-5677. Thanks for listening!

Show notes will be up tomorrow at PolyWeekly’s LJ blog.

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