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1:00 Announcements and Host Chat
2:00 Topic: Is monogamy natural?
Before we dive into this, what do you hope to accomplish or prove by answering this question? Do you want it to be true or untrue that human beings are naturally monogamous? Why does it matter to you, and how will it affect your behavior?
All the books I recommend are in the Poly Weekly Amazon Store under Polyamory Must Reads or For Sex Scholars.
- The Myth of Monogamy by David Barash and Judith Lipton answer thusly: humans are socially monogamous with a strong tendency toward extra-pair couplings
- Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray and What It Means for Modern Relationships, by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha. Fascinating review of biological, anthropological and even economic origins of social preconceptions of sex and monogamy. Fun, semi-scholarly reading. Ryan’s TED talk Are We Designed to be Sexual Omnivores? is here.
- Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation, by Olivia Judson. A cute approach to the biological nature of sexual contact in the animal kingdom, written as a Q and A to an advice columnist. Yeah, as in “why DOES my mate bite off my head after sex”? For a very readable look at sex, monogamy, polyamory and more in the animal kingdom, it’s a great read!
- Why We Love, by Helen Fisher. Fisher, a cultural anthropologist, delves into brain chemistry and the science of attraction. Think you’re the only one who’s ever been in love LIKE THIS? Think again! A fascinating read, even for non-anthropologists. Want a preview? Fisher’s TED 2008 talk on The Brain in Love.
- Anatomy of Love, by Helen Fisher. Another Helen Fisher classic on love, dating and “why we stray.” Humans really aren’t monogamous–find out what we are. Also, Fisher’s TED talk on Why We Love and Why We Cheat is here.
21:00 Happy Poly Moment
Diana shared a Happy Poly Moment about getting not just tolerance but active support within a relationship with differing approaches to polyamory.
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Elisabeth Sheff, GSU Dept of Sociology
Latest research on poly families with groundbreaking sociologist Elisabeth Sheff
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Introduction and host chat
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- Back from MomentumCon in D.C. Great to meet…
- Seeking pregnant poly women for cable documentary: IPA2Casting@sirensmedia.com – Call Poly Media Association before you go!
- Casting company seeking “those who feel comfortable sharing personal and sexual details of their relationship lives—including their fears, secrets, unmet needs, and the ways in which they connect & disconnect in relationships.” Send name, age, occupation, brief bio, relationship goals, contact information to email@example.com (and call the Poly Media Association first!)
Interview: Elisabeth Sheff, sociologist
Elisabeth Sheff talks about her groundbreaking research at Atlanta Poly Weekend with sociology of poly families. And she needs help! If you have children in a poly environment to be interviewed for her study, please contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or her site or call her at 404-413-6522.
You can also help with an internet survey supported by CARAS—link to come.
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A researcher at the University of Chicago is asking for help:
Calling: Married Bisexual Women! Please participate in the gathering of oral histories about you!
If you have been or currently are married to a man while simultaneously maintaining a relationship with a woman you may be eligible to participate in a research project conducted by a University of Illinois at Chicago sociology PhD student
firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-357-3329