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.
Back 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.
I'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.
Anyway, 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.
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, 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?
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.