Poly Weekly Book Club: Wednesday, February 27th

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Poly Weekly Book Club last night! We ended up with about a dozen folks, all heatedly discussing Ravenscroft’s book. Some had read the book in its entirety; some still had it on order; some (like me) had read about half. One guy even drove in from Green Bay just for the event! (But we all think he’s crazy)

We talked about the poly community (whether there was one), the significance of labels like primary/secondary and why we treat people the way we do; converting to poly being as all-encompassing as converting to a new religion; why the print in the book is so damn tiny; and why there are no good resources for secondaries out there.

After three hours, the group felt there was still more to discuss, so we’re going to finish the book and continue discussing it next month. So, for next month:

Wednesday, February 27th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Poly Weekly Book Club

Anthony Ravenscroft’s Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and the Hopeful, Redux
The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted
2nd floor, on the white sofas

We dont’ have a meeting room, so look for us on the second floor on the white sofas.

Poly Weekly #140: I CAN live without you!

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0:00 Introduction and host chat
Intro, under-18 warning and re-direction to www.scarleteen.com; friend me on Twitter and answer questions about what you want on the show, call 206-202-POLY with comments.

1:30 Announcements & Promo stuff

9:00 Topic: I can live without you!
This great CNN article attacks common romantic myths about love and debunks them–I can live without you; my love for you will change; you’re not everything I need; you’re not everything I need; I will not always hold you close; you and I aren’t one

21:00 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!

And girlfriend/boyfriend makes three: negotiating nonmonogamy

Hey, guys! I’m finally getting out and hosting some workshops on poly at A Woman’s Touch, an excellent sex-positive store in both Madison and Milwaukee. If you’re in the area, please come out and join in the discussion!

Date and Time: Saturday, Feb 23rd, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Madison
Cost: $35.00 per person

Open marriage, swinging, polyamory, oh, my! These days, more and more couples are choosing nonmonogamy for their own intimate relationships. But the path from monogamy to an open marriage, a swinger lifestyle or polyamory can be a tricky one if you’re not aware of the pitfalls you might hit along the way and the discussions that you and your partner need to have in order to avoid them. Plus, those Hot Bi Babes are just a myth, anyway–like unicorns. So forget the unicorns and join Minx for a fun and frank discussion of how to negotiate new boundaries–and discover the joy and intimacy nonmonogamy can bring to your existing relationship. Register here!

In Milwaukee?
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 19th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee
Cost: $35.00 per person

Register here!

Sex podcaster lineup

Gotta give props to our editor J, who’s been smokin’ away at the editing for the last 50 episodes for the props Amber gave PW:

Five Smart Sex Podcasts

Amber, the organizer of the Sex 2.0 conference, gives props to the top five sex podcasters out there, including yours truly in the #2 spot, just behind Violet Blue (an excellent position to be in, I don’t mind telling you!)

She says:

The official description of Polyamory Weekly is “Tales from the front of responsible non-monogamy from a pansexual, kink-friendly point of view.” While that tagline is accurate, it doesn’t do justice to the full awesomeness of the show. By consistently engaging with and supporting the poly community (um, because she’s part of it herself), Cunning Minx has established herself as the polyamory expert online. She’s insightful, down-to-earth, and has a wry sense of humor that never fails to make me laugh out loud. The show is also really well done from a technical point of view; check it out if you want to hear editing and mixing done right.

The editing and mixing are all J, who deserves all the credit for that compliment. Thanks, Amber!

Poly Weekly forums!

Have you joined in the discussion on the Poly Weekly forums yet? No? Well, why NOT? Amy Gahran has already got some interesting threads going…

PW promo campaign: Review us on iTunes!

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Poly Weekly #139: Dirty, rotten cheaters

The new Polyamory Weekly #139: Dirty, rotten cheaters is up! Direct download is at Poly Weekly #139

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0:00 Introduction and host chat
Intro, under-18 warning and re-direction to www.scarleteen.com; friend me on Twitter and answer questions about what you want on the show, call 206-202-POLY with comments.

1:30 Announcement: Poly Weekly forums!
Yes, the Poly Weekly forums are finally up! Discuss show topics or bring up your own questions and topics. Sign up, log in and chat today! Special thanks to Sc00ter for setting them up and to Vincenza for offering to moderate them!

Minx will miss this month’s Many Loves seminar in Chicago, but only because she’s filming the porn episode for the Midwest Teen Sex Show!

If you’d like to discuss poly books, check out Joreth’s Shelfari poly book discussion group, with great online resources and book discussions!

5:00 Topic: Dirty, rotten cheaters
Amy Gahran’s sending me this internet poll on whether cybersex “counts” as cheating sparked a discussion/rant about what “cheating” actually is, both in monogamy and in polyamory. See how Wikipedia defines cheating.

16:20 Feedback
Jeremy wrote in on jealousy from episode 133, blaming society; 18:30 Jamie comments on episode 134, the Love Maps episode, mentioning that the episode might have caused some uncomfortable introspection; 20:45 Scott comments on episode 87 and the idea of “discretion”; 23:00 ML asks for advice on what to do when a metamour breaks your heart–but is still dating your partner

29:00 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!

Poly Weekly #138: You’re fat!

The new Polyamory Weekly #138: You’re fat! is up! Direct download is at Poly Weekly #138

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Please Digg this podcast at Digg’s PW podcast page!

0:00 Introduction and host chat
Intro, under-18 warning and re-direction to www.scarleteen.com; friend me on Twitter and answer questions about what you want on the show, call 206-202-POLY with comments.

1:30 Announcement: Chicago Poly Book Club
This is the Poly Book Club, a fun discussion group for anyone who’s been *meaning* to read those books on poly but hasn’t quite got around to it. Or for those who read the books but didn’t have anyone like-minded to discuss the more interesting questions with!

Our first book will be one I’ve been dying to read, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful, by Anthony Ravenscroft.

Other details:

When: Wednesday, January 30th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Center on Halsted lobby/social area (by the fireplace), 3656 North Halsted Street
What: Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful discussion
Why: ‘cuz it’ll be fun!

I’ll post again as we get closer to the date, but please do RSVP if you’d like to attend so that I’ll know how many folks to expect. You don’t have to have read the book to attend–you can just join in the discussion and meet poly folks, anyway!

Want to join in the discussion but aren’t in Chicago? Log on to the Poly Weekly Book Club Skypecast on Saturday, January 26th at 1:00 p.m. Central

2:30 Announcement: Sex 2.0 conference
On April 12, 2008, come to the Sex 2.0 conference in Atlanta

3:30 Topic: You’re fat! How much honest communication is too much honest communication?
The original column was from Dan Savage here; the feedback response column is here; what do you think? Is there any way to tell a woman that her body isn’t as sexy as it used to be? Is that too much honest communication?

16:30 Feedback
RatBastid writes in with a heartwarming story

20:20 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!

Tristan Taromino turns 200

Well, 200 columns, anyway. If you’ve never read Tristan Taromino’s column Pucker Up! in the Village Voice, now is a good time to start. Tristan is one of the pioneers of sex-positivism–she was writing about Texas’ ban on vibrators back when I lived in Texas and didn’t even OWN a vibrator yet! (I caught up fast!)

Read her retrospective column here. And look forward to her upcoming book on polyamory. That reminds me; I need to contact her and bring her own the show…

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