This week Poly Weekly #173: an interview with Jenny Block, author of “Open: Love and Sex in an Open Marriage,” who shares her own story and struggles of being “normal” and polyamorous..
0:00 Introduction and host chat
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1:40 Minx gives us a brief introduction for Jenny
3:15 Minx asks how Jenny has been received in her book tour. Jenny talks about how surprised she has been how positive the response has been.
4:10 Jenny talks about some negative comments she received after being on a television show.
5:15 Jenny talks about how strange it is that society accepts cheating a lot more than honest, open relationships.
7:55 Minx asks if we are used to cheating but maybe not so used to open marriages.
10:20 Minx asks Jenny “what is normal?” in reference to Jenny considering herself normal in her book.
11:20 Jenny says maybe “average” is a better word. That you wouldn’t be able to tell her her lifestyle at the PTA meeting.
12:10 Jenny talks about the difference in poly/open people. Not everybody looks the same.
13:00 Jenny and Minx talk about people who feel the need to watch and respond to things they don’t agree with or support.
15:45 Minx asks Jenny about gaining weight and how it affected her relationship. Jenny talks about how losing the weight did not have the result she was expecting.
17:30 Jenny talks about differing libidoes in commited relationships.
18:54 Minx asks if we are blaming the wrong things for our relationsihip failures. Jenny talks about how much harder fixing what is wrong than blaming the wrong thing can be.
19:45 Jenny and Minx talk about people’s expecations of relationsihps and how unreasonable they are.
21:50 Minx asks for Jenny’s comment to straight open marriages (i.e. not bisexual). Jenny talks about how monogamy doesn’t really fit us as a species.
24:30 Jenny talks about expectations and her own opening up experiences with her husband.
25:09 Minx asks Jenny how the conversation went when she wanted to open the marriage. Jenny talks about her original cheating on her husband and how the lying is what affected him.
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