Posts tagged ‘polyamory’

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, _blank”>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.