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Poly? Please to take survey!

Danielle Duplassie, MA, RCC, a Doc­tor­al Stu­dent in Human Sex­u­al­i­ty at The Insti­tute for the Advanced Study of Human Sex­u­al­i­ty, sent a request to one of the lists I’m on tonight seek­ing polyamorous peo­ple to take a sur­vey that is part of her research. It won’t even take you five min­utes. Go clicky!

Edit­ed: Whoops! I’ve been remind­ed that I should warn you – there are no graph­ics to speak of on the sur­vey, but the lan­guage gets explic­it, so you might not want to do the sur­vey at work.

Diane Duane Rocks

The Sword and the DragonBack when the Meisha Mer­lin ware­house was being cleaned out, Sam picked up a copy of The Sword and the Drag­on, first vol­ume of the Epic Tales of the Five by Diane Duane that MM put out. It con­tains The Door Into Fire and The Door Into Shad­ow.

The Door Into FireI’ve want­ed my own copies of the first three Tales of the Five books for decades, since read­ing an old friend’s copies. I’m still dis­ap­point­ed that MM nev­er put out the next vol­ume, which should have includ­ed The Door Into Sun­set and the nev­er-before-pub­lished The Door Into Starlight. But then, there are oth­er peo­ple who have far more rea­son to be dis­ap­point­ed about MM mat­ters than I do, so I can’t fuss too much. And I have this vol­ume, and will con­tin­ue to hold out hope that Duane will find a new pub­lish­er who will bring out the oth­ers some­time in my life­time.

The Door Into ShadowAny­way, I had to stop read­ing to show this bit to Sam. It sums up much of what I love about Duane’s phi­los­o­phy.

…death is inevitable. But we have one pow­er, as men and beasts and crea­tures of oth­er planes. We can slow down the Death, we can die hard, and help all the worlds die hard. To live with vig­or, to love pow­er­ful­ly and with­out car­ing whether we’re loved back, to let loose build­ing and teach­ing and heal­ing and all the arts that try to slow down the great Death. Espe­cial­ly joy, just joy itself. A joy flares bright and goes out like the stars that fall, but the lit­tle flare it makes slows down the great Death ever so slight­ly. That’s a tri­umph, that it can be slowed down at all, and by such a sim­ple thing.

The Door Into Sunset

Friday Links

It was a nice, bor­ing day, which means I don’t have much to talk about. Hap­pi­ly, oth­er peo­ple do.

Open Rela­tion­ships: What the World Already Has is a very good post over at Huff­in­g­ton by Jen­ny Block. I hope to read more from her. I def­i­nite­ly intend to get a copy of her book, Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Mar­riage when it comes out in June.

I can’t say that I was shocked to hear that the TSA forced a wom­an to remove her nip­ple pierc­ings with pli­ers before allow­ing her to board a flight, but I am dis­gust­ed. I’m glad that I don’t have to trav­el much,1 but I def­i­nite­ly think that the next time we do trav­el we’ll give Amtrak seri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion over fly­ing.

Why is it that 29 total strangers have start­ed “fol­low­ing” me on Twit­ter, when I haven’t even logged in since the 21st?

1 Not that I wouldn’t like to trav­el more for plea­sure, I just wouldn’t want to do it on some­one else’s sched­ule

Multiple Partners Survey

Would any of you who are involved with mul­ti­ple part­ners, or who have been so involved, whether or not you iden­ti­fy as polyamorous, be will­ing to take a research sur­vey? You don’t have to give any indi­vid­u­al iden­ti­fy­ing infor­ma­tion at all, if you don’t want to.
Mul­ti­ple Part­ners Sur­vey
From the site:

Thank you for your inter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in this mul­ti­ple part­ners sur­vey. For this project we’re explor­ing the dif­fer­ences in atti­tudes, beliefs and prac­tices between peo­ple who open­ly call them­selves polyamorous and those who engage mul­ti­ple sex­u­al part­ners in a more inde­pen­dent, self-styled way. We want to explore whether the “cul­ture of polyamory” (e.g. atti­tudes, beliefs and prac­tices) has pos­i­tive­ly impact­ed the expe­ri­ence of con­sen­su­al mul­ti­ple part­ner rela­tion­ships. To par­tic­i­pate in this study you must be (or have recent­ly been) in mul­ti­ple (simul­ta­ne­ous) rela­tion­ships where­in your oth­er part­ners knew you were (or could have been) involved with some­one oth­er than them. You may also par­tic­i­pate in this sur­vey if you are (or were) involved with some­one who is/​was open­ly involved with oth­ers in addi­tion to your­self. If you open­ly prac­tice polyamory your par­tic­i­pa­tion is cer­tain­ly wel­come as well. Do note that the infor­ma­tion you share here will remain com­plete­ly anony­mous; your per­son­al answers will be dis­closed to no one. Please try to answer every ques­tion as best as you can. If a word or phrase could have more than one mean­ing, please inter­pret it accord­ing to your own usage. Pre­lim­i­nary results will be shared at the Soci­ety for the Sci­en­tific Study of Sex­u­al­i­ty Meet­ing in San Diego on April 11, 2008. The prin­ci­ple inves­ti­ga­tor for this project is Anthropologist/​Sexologist Dr. Lean­na Wolfe who is based at Los Ange­les Val­ley Col­lege. She may be con­tact­ed at LAWolfe@aol.com.