The new Polyamory Weekly #1367: Ten Poly Vocab Words You Need to Know is up! Direct download is at Poly Weekly #137

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0:00 Introduction and host chat
Intro, under-18 warning and re-direction to; friend me on Twitter and answer questions about what you want on the show, call 206-202-POLY with comments.

1:30 Announcement: Chicago Poly Book Club
This is the Poly Book Club, a fun discussion group for anyone who’s been *meaning* to read those books on poly but hasn’t quite got around to it. Or for those who read the books but didn’t have anyone like-minded to discuss the more interesting questions with!

Our first book will be one I’ve been dying to read, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful, by Anthony Ravenscroft.

Other details:

When: Wednesday, January 30th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Center on Halsted lobby/social area (by the fireplace), 3656 North Halsted Street
What: Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful discussion
Why: ‘cuz it’ll be fun!

I’ll post again as we get closer to the date, but please do RSVP if you’d like to attend so that I’ll know how many folks to expect. You don’t have to have read the book to attend–you can just join in the discussion and meet poly folks, anyway!

Want to join in the discussion but aren’t in Chicago? Log on to the Poly Weekly Book Club Skypecast on Saturday, January 26th at 1:00 p.m.

3:00 Topic: Ten Poly Vocab Words You Need to Know
Think you know what “polyamory,” “primary/secondary/tertiary,” “NRE,” “monoamorous,” “monogamist,” “nonintimate sex,” “Vee,” “sweetie,” “significant other,” “HBB,” and “love-type thing” mean? Minx discusses Ravenscroft’s definitions of these terms from his book.

11:30 Poly in the Media
Alan’s new roundup of Polyamory in the News, including:

16:50 Feedback
Nobilis comments that he was bothered by Alan’s last Poly in the Media segment; Alan writes in an apology for the confusion and that any insult to monogamous folks was unintentional

18:45 Feedback and New Topics
DDog asks about a potential new topic: can poly people have foster kids?; Serena asks about how to meet poly people and if you’re “really” poly if you’re single–how do you meet poly people?; Poly Weekly episodes 103 and 104 did cover being poly and single, but if you have advice on where to meet people, please call in!

25:00 Wrap-up
Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email 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 Thanks for listening!


Commenting area

  1. #1367?

    Woah, that’s a lot of episodes!


  2. Isn’t the Center on Halsted also doing a monthly Poly munch? Do you know when that is?

    Just found your site, and I love the content! Keep up the good work. I was particularly happy with eps 103-106.

  3. This started out as an email in response to “Swingers” from the Poly in the Media segment, Minx and Alan asked me to repost it here:

    I’ve become really cautious about television over the last couple of years, so much so that I’ve started really digging into the backgrounds of new shows to feel them out. Being burned with enough good shows being piddled on by the networks a few times has made me tetchy.

    So, Swingtown- could be great for the not-necessarily gay alt life/lovestyle crowd, but I’m not betting on it.

    Here’s the short skinny: Swingtown is being produced and directed by Michael Kelly: did great with Rome on HBO, but also brought us Big Love. Big Love was really not a positive, nor even really honest look at poly(agamy). I only watched a few episodes but it came across to me as a scripted circus sideshow. Scripting and acting talent might have been good, but as an observation into a nonmonogamous lifestyle, it was pretty unjust.

    The early press release from CBS when the show was first picked up said: “‘Swingtown,’ an ensemble drama set during the 1970s about the impact of sexual liberation.”
    The plot outline from IMDB as provided by CBS is “As America celebrates its 200th birthday, two generations of friends and neighbors in a Chicago suburb explore new freedoms and seek connections with each other in the midst of the socio/sexual revolution.”

    Buzzwords – Sexual Liberation, Freedom, Sexual Revolution. They’re selling the sex even before the pilot hits the air.

    BTW- Dare to Grok gets big props on his FAQ posting for Swingtown on IMDB for his definition of the differences between swinging and polyamory.

    Last season, CBS had an episode of Cold Case which featured a key party as the catalyst for a murder. While tasteful in their handling of the party, all of the revisited characters who maintained the poly/swing lifestyle were painted as creepy, crude, self absorbed individuals. This season, NBC’s Journeyman also had an episode that featured a Swing Party as the catalyst for many bad things happening – namely a teenage girl running away from home, joining a drug addled cult, and being killed in a shootout during a liquor store robbery – all from the “horror” of finding out her parents were swingers. All evidence to date from the Networks, Swingtown isn’t a hopeful looking prospect.

    Some other stuff about the WGA strike and television this season — The big networks have pulled a rather interesting stunt to keep new programming going this year, in expectation of a strike. The end of last season a lot of new shows were picked up (and one resurrected from cancellation) and filming was sped up through the summer and fall to get as many episodes “in the can” before the contract deadline as possible. This benefitted both the Networks and the writers as they will all still make money from the episodes as they air. That’s normal. What isn’t is the number of shows that made it through to the midseason break. There was only one new show cancelled this fall – Viva Laughlin.Looking back, typically 25% of new shows don’t make it through their first six weeks, and Viva Laughlin made it to 8 before being cancelled. Even the much reviled CBS offering “Kid Nation” has been running without interrupt, despite all the negative comments from Child Advocacy Groups, the general public, and even the State of New Mexico investigating violations of state Child Endangerment and Child Labor laws.

    Heroes ended early. Journeyman ran out all the filmed episodes. There are more “midseason replacements” scheduled this year than any two typical years. There are new primetime game shows and American Gladiators has been reborn for primetime. Networks aren’t cancelling their normal volume of new shows.

    Why? They’re doing everything they can to fill timeslots during the strike, and they planned ahead for it. If the strike ended tomorrow, there still would not be enough time to film any more episodes of any show that started the first half of this season. We, as television viewers, are not going to get any new episodes of our current favorites until the fall.

    The only exceptions are Jericho fans who’ve been lied to repeatedly by… you guessed it, CBS… as to when that show will be coming back on the air, cable shows which start their seasons in the spring as opposed to the fall, and a handfull of others, like Medium, that were pushed back by the networks as proven hold-out shows to start midseason.

    Anyway…We’ll probably see Swingtown in March, as the thirteen week ordered run will hit the May Sweeps toward the end of the season’s run. As they’ve been billing it, it’s all about the sex. These are television networks. They’re no longer in the business of entertainment, they’re in the business of making money. Sweeps is about setting advertising dollars for the coming season. Freak Shows and Circuses draw attention, and people pay thier nickels to see the bearded lady, the midget tightrope walkers and the egress.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I really don’t expect Swingtown to be anything worth watching, and the fallout will probably require major damage control from the poly/swing/kink communities and sub-culture elements as it airs.

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