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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.