Poly Weekly #102: How Many Polys… Lightbulb?

The new Polyamory Weekly #102: How Many Polys Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb? is up! Direct download is here.

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0:00 Introduction and host chat
Intro, under-18 warning and re-direction to www.scarleteen.com; I’ll be at The Leather Leadership Conference in Minneapolis at the end of April, so email me if you want to get together!

1:50 Listener mail
Ffantom wrote in about the return to the original orgasm show (PW #79); WildCard clarifies the copyrighted species question I asked on PW 101; he mentions anthropomorphic cats; Moose calls in to compliment the new website; 6:20 Sc00tz, our new site designer, calls in; NaughtyScout comments on poly families going on vacation together; 9:00 Sai made an ASL video of ideas on how to sign “polyamory;” check out his video here; he also asks a question about the independent actors (a web of pairs) vs family (mutually committed group) paradigms of poly–what do you think?

15:15 Poly in the Media
Helen Fisher speaking at TED talks about romantic love being a drive, not an emotion and makes the remarkable conclusion:

In short, we are capable of loving more than one person at a time.

See her entire 25-minute talk on sex drive, romantic love and the attachment drive here.

18:30 Topic: How many polys does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
(Thanks to this week’s donors, anonymous and RIC) Thanks so much for making me laugh! Check out the variety of responses here and here! And in case that wasn’t enough, the Sex in the Socket YouTube video!! ROFL!

24:30 Wrap-Up
Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email cunningminx@gmail.com or call the listener comment line at 206-202-POLY. And hey, why not attach an audio comment to that email? 🙂 Check out PolyWeekly at polyweekly.libsyn.com. Thanks for listening!

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

Collective Effervescence

My buddy Colin forwarded this Wikipedia definition of collective effervescence (and yes, that would be a good name for a band, wouldn’t it??).

He pointed out that there might be a parallel with relationship dynamics–that is, alone we each behave in a certain way, but we we form pair and triad bonds, the relationship has a dynamic of its own that is distinct from the energy and behavior of its individual participants. It’s not exactly the same, especially as collective effervescence tends to relate to more spiritual and religious experiences as well, but the idea of more than one person together creating a collective energy and acting in ways that each individual wouldn’t alone does run parallel.

Can anyone who has studied more sociology and/or religious theory than me elaborate?

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