533: Reducing friction in metamour meetups
How to reduce friction and awkwardness in first-time metamour meetings
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9:30 Topic: reducing friction in first-time metamour meetups
Claire in Portland has three partners with some being long-distance, and she is arranging for everyone to meet for the first time. How can she reduce the awkwardness of this first meeting and make sure everyone is comfortable?
- You can’t make anyone do anything
- Think of it as a party: set up channels of communication beforehand, introduce people and conversational topics, have favorite foods and drinks at hand, diminish expectations and pressure, have icebreaker activities set up
- Model the behavior you want to see: calm and vulnerable
- Let everyone know that nothing rides on this—you can flub everything up, and it will still be OK
- Ask everyone involved what they would need to be comfy and their ideas for helping to make everyone else comfy
Thanks to Erich Viedge for interviewing poly activist and educator Wilrieke Sophia on a similar topic and having her read her “Letter to the Women Who Sleep with My Man” for us!
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A listener writes in to share how she and her husband overcame the obstacles to enable her to ask for what she wanted and to be truly happy for her husband and their new lover!
33:35 Book review: Erich Viege interviews Page Turner
Our correspondent Erich Viedge interviews Page Turner, author of Poly Land: My Brutally Honest Adventures in Polyamory. Page Turner is an educator and author living in Cleveland, Ohio and blogs daily at http://www.poly.land, Tweets at @polydotland and has a Facebook group.
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