Poly Weekly book club meets WEDNESDAY, JULY 2ND

Hi, guys!

It’s that time again! This month, we’re eagerly reading (what else) Tristan Taormino’s Opening Up. I’ve already started it, and I can’t wait to discuss it with y’all! Of course, if you just want to talk polyamory or meet poly folks, reading the book isn’t required–just come out and say hello!

When: WEDNESDAY, JULY 2ND
Where: The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, 2nd floor by the white couches
Why: because poly can be confusing and sharing opinions is fun (plus, the Mad Baker brings GREAT snacks!)
Who: anyone interested in meeting poly folks

If you’re interested in coming, please RSVP to Minx (cunningminx at gmail dot com) with the subject line “Book Club” so I’ll know to look for you. We’ve had some people not able to find us in the past, so we’re trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again!

Also, if you’re interested in discussing the book but aren’t local to Chicago, mark your calendar for Saturday, July 12th, 3:30 p.m. Central. for a Skype online book discussion.

Chicago Many Loves and Milwaukee Non-Monogamy Workshop

Two big events!

First, the Chicago Many Loves seminar is this Saturday, June 14th!
A continuing series designed to provide a supportive and safe environment for people to explore issues of non-monogamous practice and identity. Topics for this month are two very different but often related topics, “Poly Community” and “Poly Cheating.” Open to adults age 18 and older who either practice or are curious about non-monogamy, open relationships, and polyamory.

Held Saturday, June 14th, from 10AM to 1PM at Center on Halsted (3656 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613). Please contact David Rodemaker at 773.472.6643 x472 or drodemaker@hoursinc.com for more details. Come to the second floor reception area and check in there. $15 fee. Space is limited; RSVP appreciated but not required.

Second, Negotiating Non-Monogamy is back!
Location: Milwaukee A Woman’s Touch
Date/Time: Saturday, July 12th, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Cost: $35 per person; everyone over 18 welcome.

Open marriage, swinging, polyamory, oh, my! These days, more and more couples are choosing non-monogamy 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–they don’t actually exist. 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 non-monogamy can bring to your existing relationship.

Minx is host of the popular Polyamory Weekly podcast, now with over 150 weekly episodes, and has spoken on topics relating to multiple loves at the Heartland Polyamory Conference, GD2 and other events. Her work has been featured on Podfinder, ErosZine and Penthouse Forum, and she currently hosts a poly book club in Chicago. Plus, Janet Hardy once complimented her ass. To register, visit A Woman’s Touch.

Poly Weekly Book Club meets WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 6:00 p.m.

Hello, all!

This month will be more of a munch, since most of us haven’t had time to order and read the book yet. But go ahead and order it, come this month, munch with us, and we’ll discuss the book next month!

The book: John Gottman’s The Seven Principals for Making Marriage Work
When: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Center on Halsted, 2nd floor white couches

Also, The Mad Baker of Green Bay is taking requests for snacks–what yummies would you like for him to bake for us this time?

Also, I’d like to ask y’all a question. A documentary filmmaker from CurrentTV is doing a short documentary on how Poly Weekly is made. I’m toying with the idea of inviting him to this munch/book club meeting, mostly because I’d like the publicity for the Center on Halsted. However, I’d have to instruct him to keep the camera on me ONLY and not on the group at all. IF there were a camera there documenting the making of PW, would it deter you from coming? Would it hinder your participation?

Please be honest–I’d rather have a good munch than good footage. Thank you!

RSVP with subject line “Book Club” to cunningminx@gmail.com or reply here so I know to look for you. Thanks!

Poly Weekly #152: Trans Like Me!

The new Polyamory Weekly #152: Trans Like Me! is up! Direct download is at Poly Weekly #152

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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 or discuss your own topics at the new FORUMS at http://forum.polyweekly.com.

1:00 Host Chat
A Cunning Minx freshly back from Sex 2.0 relishes the memories of the conference! Rachel Kramer Bussel, eroticist and cupcake whore, was a delight; Regina Lynn from Wired; Audacia Ray, vixen extraordinaire and Melissa Gira made it amazing!

My first session was on sacred sexuality; Elizabeth Wood’s session on creating a sex-positive commons online was a great discussion; my own seminar on “Poly Pervs Like Me: Where Are They Hiding?” was packed full; Regina Lynn’s session on the history of cybersex was hysterical and enlightening; the last session of the day was Viviane of Viviane’s Sex Carnival with tons of great online tools

Plus, I learned that I’m too old to be a pole dancer!

8:00 Interview: Trans Like Me: Benny
Joanie had asked about transitioning from being a woman’s husband to being her wife and wanted to know about being poly and transgendered
9:30 Introduction: Benny is 26 and has been thinking about transitioning from a young age; kinky and pansexual for a long time
11:00 labels in the trans community
13:00 when and how it’s OK to ask what the transgendered story is; only OK to ask about genitals if the person is a potential partner
18:20 prejudice within the poly community
23:00 poly and kinky overlap; etiquette with trans folks in the poly community
28:00 using the wrong pronoun; rude outings
Check out his podcast, Young and Kinky on the 18-35-age kinksters

33:45 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!

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Our intro and outro music is courtesy of Pacemaker Jane, “Good Suspicions”

Poly Weekly #151: Can you love two at once?

The new Polyamory Weekly #151: Can You Love Two at Once is up! Direct download is at Poly Weekly #151

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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 or discuss your own topics at the new FORUMS at http://forum.polyweekly.com.

1:30 Host Chat
Looking forward to Sex 2.0 conference; introducing Alan’s segment from the Poly Living conference

3:30 Topic: Can you love two at once?
This stems from a Dear Abby question from a woman who says she is in love with two people at once and wonders if that is possible–just asking the question in this way shows progress. And Abby’s response isn’t too bad–she begins by saying that you can love two people for different reasons. She then shows her monogamous bias, but the openness with which the question is addressed shows a marked difference from past responses.

7:50 Report: Poly Living Conference
Alan of the Poly in the Media blog took a voice recorder to the Poly Living conference and brought us along for the ride!
9:00 Anita Wagner discusses her workshop on jealousy; she recommends communication, education and owning one’s own jealousy
11:20 Serena Anderlini-d’Onofrio discusses her workshop on bisexuality; Alan asks about being “bisensual” or “bi-intimate” without being bisexual
14:45 Michel Z talks about being more honest in relationships and when not to be 100% honest
16:15 C.T. Butler discusses the consensus decision-making process as a formal model for decision-making within a poly family; cooperation rather than competition
18:30 Deborah Anapol, the conference’s keynote speaker, points out that we need to live outside our conditioning and take charge of our own relationship decisions
Alan applauds that Loving More stepped in to take over the conference after George Marvil’s death–quit giving to the tobacco corporations, go to PolyLiving.org for next year’s conference; check LovingMore for their east and west coast retreats in the meatime

21:15 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!

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Our intro and outro music is courtesy of Pacemaker Jane, “Good Suspicions”

Multiple O: a play based on The Ethical Slut

Ever wonder what it would be like if The Ethical Slut were a narrative story, like a play? Writer/director John Sable has created a live theater version of this poly classic, now playing at Madison’s Broom Street Theater, May 2-June 8, 2008.

The synopsis:
Multiple O flier
Carol and Chris are the typical middle-class urban couple. They’re married. They’re in love. The each have a girlfriend on the side.

Adapted from “The Ethical Slut” by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy, Multiple O tells the story of one couple’s mis-adventures as they learned how to create a healthy non-monogamous lifestyle the hard way – by making every mistake in the book.

This show contains significant amounts of nudity and sexual content. No one under 18 will be admitted.

Poly Weekly book club meets WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH

Time to visit Amazon and check out the next Poly Weekly book club selection!

This month, we decided to read something more personal: Eros, the memoir of bisexual poly activist and recent guest to Poly Weekly, Serena Anderlini-d’Onofrio. (Click the link to purchase from Amazon)

When: Wednesday, May 7th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Center on Halsted, Chicago, IL, on the second floor white couches
What: Eros, a Journey of Multiple Loves book discussion–please come even if you haven’t read the book!

Poly Weekly book club meets WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2ND

Reminder!

The Poly Weekly Book Club meets this WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2ND at the Center on Halsted!

Book: Anapol’s Love Without Limits

Location: Center on Halsted, 2nd floor, white couches
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Please come join us, even if you haven’t read the book! The discussion is always lively and interesting, and all polys and poly-curious are welcome!

Coming soon: interview with Serena Anderlini-d’Onofrio

ErosJust finished an interview with Serena Anderlini d’Onofrio, author of the memoir Eros: a Journey of Multiple Loves, the tale of her bisexual and polyamorous life and career. It was spiritual, enlightening, sexy and intellectual–passion abounds. Stay tuned for Poly Weekly #149–that is, if LibSyn ever gets 147 or 148 to work!

Poly Weekly #145: Coming Into Polyamory

The new Polyamory Weekly #145: is up! Direct download is at Poly Weekly #145

Subscribe now with iTunes one-click!
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 or discuss your own topics at the new FORUMS at http://forum.polyweekly.com.

2:00 Promo: Nawashi on Podiobooks
Please check out Nawashi, Graydancer’s novel of erotic magic, available for free download at PodioBooks.com, now the #1 PodioBook

4:30 Announcements
The Negotiating Non-Monogamy seminar at A Woman’s Touch in Madison went GREAT! While I created a lot of materials for the class, we used them as a jumping-off point rather than as a structured class outline; we did more interactive discussion. Next seminar is on MARCH 19TH, 6:00 P.M. at A Woman’s Touch in Milwaukee–register now!

6:40 Poly in the Media
Alan reports on the Washington Post’s feature article on the Poly Living conference; the original article is here; also, a professor at the University of Missouri describes her research into poly people and STD transmission when she heard the astounding statistic that it is safer to have protected sex with 100 people than unprotected sex with one; 11:37 another professor expresses her awe at how well poly people manage relationships

12:15 Interviews: from the UIC Polyamory Panel
Mary talks about the panel questions she was expecting; her daughter Madison introduces herself; Mary comments on the discussion about how bisexuality fits into polyamory; 14:00 Stacy (from Canada) comment on the makeup of the audience; open to differences in poly; didn’t want panel to define the box for them; life partners/friendships/commitment; no one brought up cheating; swinging vs poly communities; her path to poly

19:55 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!

Our intro and outro music is courtesy of Pacemaker Jane, “Good Suspicions”

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