PW 497: How to advise a friend she’s about to step on a poly land mine

Advising a friend on a poly situationHow do you advise a friend she’s about to step on a poly land mine?

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1:40 Poly in the news

8:05 How to advise a friend of a poly land mine

Emilia has a close friend A that she was interested in a relationship with. His partner C was monogamous and only tentatively open to casual sex with others outside their relationship. Then she met and became close friends with D, who then started seeing A. But D wanted a relationship with A and asked Emilia’s advice, who said D might get hurt because A and C only allowed casual sex outside their relationship.
You can guess what happened. Everyone broke up. And Emilia, who insists she was trying to help, was accused of being manipulative. Was there a better way to advise her friend of the poly land mine she was about to step on?

  • It’s OK to be jealous. You can be jealous (or envious) of someone else getting a relationship you yourself want.
  • Having rules made against you sucks.
  • In the future:
    • Ask for what you want. Tell A how you feel. Yes, you might lose the friendship.
    • Own your shit. Admit your bias, desires and jealousy to your friend D.
    • Be honest. If you fear it’s doomed, say so. ONCE. Then be 100% supportive.
    • Be kind. Be supportive of your friend. If the relationship is really doomed, she’ll need you. Do you best to put your envy aside and support her if you can.

17:20 Happy Poly Moment

Phillip shares a happy family poly moment.

 

19:00 Wrap up

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PW 492: Hitting on metamours

10173860 - close up of a little girl taking a cookie behind her motherIs it OK to hit on my cute same sex metamours? Or just lazy?

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5:40 Topic: Is it OK to hit on my metamours?

Was writes in to ask about being attracted to same-sex metamours on the outer branches of the polycule. Will one be perceived as predatory or lazy for just picking up all the same sex cuties from the group? Is that bad form?

13:15 Feedback

Harry calls in to offer a “time out” of the relationship as useful in addition to the “check in”

16:00 Happy Poly Moment

Was writes in to share a happy poly moment, when her partner volunteered to pick up her metamour from the airport!

17:40 Wrap up

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PW 484: Shifting time with changing partner priorities

Is it OK to shift one’s time commitments when one’s priorities shift?shifting time priorities

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1:30 Poly in the News

8:45 Topic: Shifting time commitments as priorities change

A listener calls in to ask a question: since it turns out her partner isn’t available to be a live-in partner and she wants a live-in partner, is it OK/ethical to reduce the time she spends with him in order to make room for a potential live-in partner?

Things to consider:

  • It’s OK to want what you want
  • You get to decide what your priorities and boundaries are
  • Address the issue with all involved if/when it becomes reality, not before (don’t borrow trouble)
  • Ask for what you want and be prepared to hear yes, no or a counter offer

18:45 Feedback

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  • A listener calls in to ask for more podcasts on intersexuality

26:45 Happy Poly Moment

  • Anonymous wrote in for a happy metamour moment about being included and invited to participate in planning a party for a mutual partner
  • A listener calls in to share a happy metamour breakfast moment. No, metamours are not that scary!

30:00 Wrap up

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PW 481: How much poly prep do I really need?

How much prep does one really need to do before trying poly?

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1:30 Host chat

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2:35 Topic: how much poly prep do I really need?

A listener writes in to ask: do I really need to be perfect before I start poly? Perfectly mentally healthy, stable, communicative and all that? Is it really worth all that effort? Why can’t I just dive in?

14:40 Feedback

A listener calls in asking for more poly over 50!

15:50 Happy Poly Moment

LustyGuy shares his HPM involving last week’s heart attack and ER visit.

18:35 Thank you!

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19:15 Wrap up

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PW 470: Do I have to date my species?

How bad is it if I like someone who is monogamous?Dogs-Love-Cats

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1:00 Host Chat & Announcements

3:00 Poly in the News

You Me Her, a polyromantic comedy, debuts March 22

4:15 Topic: Do I have to date my species?

A listener calls in to say he’s married and poly but is interested in dating his ostensibly single, monogamous friend. How bad will it be? Well, no one can say for sure, but our Facebook poll indicated that 5 people say hell, no; 12 say “I tried it and it didn’t work;” 5 indicated success and 2 were in the process.

It definitely poses a risk of drama and heartbreak, but if you and your wife are up for it, go in eyes open.

12:00 Happy poly moment

A listener writes in to tell a tale of bravely dealing with a difficult situation by welcoming her metamour to make her husband happy.

16:30 Wrap up

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Minx’s guide to surviving Valentine’s Day

35380558_sIf you’re like me, Valentine’s Day can fill you with insecurity and dread. It can turn the most confident, competent, self-assured person into a blithering ball of sopping insecurities.

Having spent many, many years either solo or far away from partners for Valentine’s Day, I developed several techniques to help me cope with what some of us affectionately call “Single’s Awareness Day.” The kicker is, of course, that many coupled folks don’t even bother to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so in essence, its primarily function seems to be to make everyone NOT in a “primary” couple feel bad about their love lives.

But we are sex-positive, so we don’t need no crappy holiday to tell us when and how to love, right? Right. So here are my tips:

For solos

For those who are either without partners, solo, or in partnered relationships but unable to spend time with their partners for whatever reason, here are my tried-and-true tips:

  • Self care Above all, do something that makes YOU feel special, sexy and loved. This may be a bubble bath, a pedicure with friends or a Netflix marathon. But go through your list of your favorite self-care techniques, and take some time to indulge in those for yourself on this day. I love how I feel when I go dancing, so I make sure to find a swing or a salsa dance event to attend that day.
  • Socialize If you’re extroverted or simply feel the need for company, organize an outing. Go to the closest steam bath with a group of girlfriends; organize a mani-pedi party at the spa; go do one of those touristy things that you usually only do when family is in town: a wine tour, boat tour or go to the top of a local landmark. You could even just organize dinner and a movie with a group of friends, either out or at your own place. Instead of pouting, bring your support network to you! I’m fond of throwing a Valentine’s Day brunch and sharing stories over mimosas.
  • Give Whenever I’m bummed about my life (usually around the holidays), my foolproof trick has been to reach out and give to those less fortunate. I make a donation on Kiva, put together a goodie bag for the homeless or volunteer at a local charity. Helping others is a sure-fire way to stop obsessing about how much love you are or aren’t getting.

For partnered people

Even if you have a partner or partners, there can be pressure to create some perfect romantic evening and/or gift that is worthy of a Hollywood movie, complete with swelling music and tearful gasps as the gift is opened. But many of us are not gifted with a flair for the dramatic, or we simply don’t have time to spend weeks prepping a perfect evening, especially with multiple partners. So my advice:

  • Breathe Your partner(s) will love any thoughtful gesture you make. It really is the thought that counts. Worry less about perfection and more on what you and your partner(s) actually care about: being together. Sometimes, a lovely card and a phone call is enough. And here’s a tip: if your partner(s) have an Amazon Wish List and you can afford it, for goodness’ sake, take advantage of that and purchase them something you know they’ll like off the list!
  • Focus on who you are Most people I know aren’t romantic like in the movies. We aren’t perfectly dressed; we don’t say those pithy romantic lines that melt the heart; we are generally pretty dorky. So, if you’re planning a romantic evening, plan something that is reflective of you as a couple/triad/group. A group cuddle party watching your favorite movie? A whisky tasting at your local distillery? Indoor sky diving? Whatever is reflective of and special for YOU is best. I actually do enjoy an opportunity to dress up, so my partner(s) know that whatever we plan needs to have a dressy or costumy element to it for me to be happy.
  • Share If you are in a couple and don’t generally celebrate Valentine’s Day, consider loaning your partner out to a friend or other partner who does want to celebrate it. I’ll never forget the one year during my dating-but-solo-poly phase when one of my on-again, off-again’s partners’ wife said, “Take Minx out for Valentine’s Day; we don’t celebrate it, and she does.” What a wonderful gift!
  • Determine privacy If you have several partners and date separately, a group date might not be the thing. Talk with each partner about what he/she wants for Valentine’s Day, and do your best to accommodate them. Again, many people have very different ideas of what makes for a great romantic holiday, so don’t assume; ask! You may be assuming you need to make four separate dates for four separate partners, but that may not be the case at all. Ask everyone how much private time they need in order to feel special. And, of course, don’t forget to add what YOU want into the mix.

I hope this is helpful for you–let me know your ideas in the comments!

PW 454: Two new lovers: double the fun?

If you take two new partners at the same time, is it double the NRE or double the drama?rainbow_ice_cream_cat_meme-www.memegen.com

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7:00 Topic: Is dating two new partners at the same time extra fun or extra jealousy?

  • A listener writes in to ask if it’s common to date two new people at once. Is more jealousy and insecurity a natural side effect of that situation?
    • It depends on the people involved.
    • What’s more important is what do YOU want and need. Does this situation work for you?
  • Alisha writes in to ask what to do: she wants to be her partner’s girlfriend, but he’s on the rebound from a 14-year marriage and feels he can’t be in a serious relationship. What to do?
    • Date your species.

16:30 Feedback

Herbalwise calls in to say he LOVES to date poly newbies!

20:00 Happy Poly Moment

Greg shares a happy poly moment as a sex worker deciding to expand his boundaries and getting love and support from his partners when he does!

21:45 Wrap Up

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PW 452: Poly on a budget

walletPolyamory can be expensive! Koe and Minx share some budgeting tips

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1:00 Host Chat

2:50 Topic: Poly on a budget

Koe Creation and Minx give tips on being poly with a limited income, including:

  • How to talk about money and what to ask
  • Buying stuff
  • Transportation cost savers
  • Under $20 dates
  • 100% free dates (excluding transportation)

16:20 Feedback

  • How can you tell when you’re polysaturated?
  • Michael writes in to share the difficulty of a poly death

29:45 Feedback

40:30 Wrap Up

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PW 436: Date your species

reidaboutsexHow to date your species with sex geek Reid Mihalko 

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6:10 Kicking Poly Drama online course commercial

8:30 Announcements

11:00 Date your species with Reid Mihalko

The four-step process to dating your species with the original sex geek, Reid Mihalko! His great resources on dating your species, including video seminars on his dating your species classes, are must-watch! In four quick steps:

  1. Define your win-wins
  2. Define your deal-breakers
  3. Define your three-strike areas
  4. Define your “wiggle rooms”

41:00 Feedback

Credit where credit is due: the original impetus for dating your species came from Frustrated Femme, a 22-year-old polyamorist who is baffled that her boyfriends don’t understand her needing to date other people. Apart from dating your species to begin with (the better choice), the only other option is to take months or years to consider poly, keep having talks with the partner, and hope that one day he’ll be comfy with it (not recommended).

45:35 Thanks

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46:30 Wrap Up

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PW 431: Takeaways from dating a dishonest monogamist

lion-lolcatMinx and LustyGuy cover the lessons learned from dating a dishonest monogamist 
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6:40 Topic: What lessons to take away from dating a dishonest monogamist

SpiderGirl calls in to share a story and ask a question: when you date someone who doesn’t tell you he has a girlfriend/fiancée until after you hook up with him but really want the poly to work, what is the takeaway?

  • Date your species. Don’t date or fall in love with monogamists. Before you hook up, ask about other partners, and give yourself the option of passing if the person is monogamous and seeing someone else.
  • Don’t date someone who requires change. As I’m sure you’ve figured out, dating someone with the hopes of changing him is like trying to teach a pig to dance: it wastes your time and annoys the pig. It’s much wiser to date polyamorists or people already self-identifying as non-monogamous than to try to convert monogamists.
  • Don’t date someone who is lying to someone else. You may be “the only one he can be honest with” now, but lying to a partner is a character flaw that doesn’t tend to be person-specific. If he lies to her, he’ll eventually lie to you.
  • Don’t blame someone who has been denied agency. I don’t believe you fell into this trap, but it’s common in these instances to blame the girlfriend/fiancée/wife for not understanding him, not letting him be himself, and so on. It is remarkably unfair to blame the person who has been denied agency, so please, be respectful and don’t do it.
  • Do what you love. When it comes to dating, be sure to join dating sites that allow you to specify that you’re non-monogamous, but in general, the best dating advice we have is to engage in activities that you love. Live your life, have fun, be the best you you can be.

27:45 Wrap Up

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