How do you come to accept and embrace poly when it wasn’t your idea?
1:00 Host chat with Minx, Eve Rickert and Franklin Veaux
- Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert are writing a book! Help fund their Indiegogo campaign to write it!
- Check out the awesome new Beyond the Love conference, November 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio. Educational sessions, social events like poly speed dating and poly prom and the attendee-directed poly summit! Use code polyweekly at checkout to save 10%!
- I’m presenting at CatalystCon on how to be a part-time sex educator Sept 27-29
9:00 Topic: Getting over the poly hump
Franklin and Eve give advice! How did you come to accept and embrace polyamory when it wasn’t your idea? For those who didn’t originally self-identify as polyamorous, how did you deal with conflicting emotion and come to embrace polyamory?
- Recognize that your partner wanting polyamory is not about you.
- Thank your partner for having the courage to be honest about what he/she needs.
- Acknowledge that the relationship has already changed, so resist the urge to hold on to what you used to have.
- Accept that this exploration of polyamory may mean that the current relationship might end.
- Recognize that you are empowered to leave the relationship if it doesn’t work for you.
- Find something in this new type of relationship for you that is a true benefit, not a “grit-and-bear-it” situation.
- Finding someone to model successful poly relationships (like a poly support network) is essential.
- Avoid the urge to control the polyamory with veto power or other restrictions.
- GreedyPaul calls in to say that he came to embrace polyamory when his mistress and her husband showed him over the months that their relationship and communication were honest.
- Jess wrote in to describe her first and second introductions to polyamory and that, despite initial freakouts, she is “poly and never looked back.”
- IssaWalters, Shadalicious, PolyNirvana and ZenHeathen were all swayed by the logical arguments
- And thanks to Les and Lisa for sharing their experiences on Facebook
36:15 Happy Poly Moment
- AggieSez shares a solo Happy Poly Moment
- HeartWhisperer shared a HPM in which he felt compersion
- Vaughn on episode 361 comments that your polysaturation point changes over time
- Vir mentioned a poly domestic fantasy novel Lifelode
- A listener writes in to call bullshit on something not mentioned on episode 364 on being in love and vetoed: it’s the responsibility of the partner to stand up for the new relationship. The fact that the husband defend his relationship in the face of his wife’s communication blockade was indefensible. He says if you’re at the point of a vee, it’s your job to stand up for your new relationship as well as for your existing one.
- Listener calls in to say that PW saved her and kept her sane!
53:30 Wrap up
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