Eye-opening starter guide to polyamory

This book is a must-read for anyone exploring the topic - sex professionals, soccer moms, and queer punks alike. Everyone can take away something from the book. It will expand ones thinking.
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Pros:
Easy to read; excellent writing; educational; inspirational
Cons:
Missing pieces of the overall picture; just a starting point for this subject
Rating by reviewer:
5
useful review

Content / Style / Audience

I first read this book a few years ago, when I was just beginning to question the structure of things around me. It's a wonderful introduction to the idea that not everyone is exactly cut out to be monogamous. Beyond that idea, it pushes the audience to reclaim the word "slut." The idea that people who are "slutty" are courageous and intelligent is repeated throughout the book -- a great message for anyone who is struggling with society's "anti-sexuality" attitude. The premise of the book is to describe the process of forming multiple simultaneous relationships, done through consent and education. The authors are clearly dedicated to the idea of sexual and emotional freedom, which at the time was a very new concept for me. Anyone in the sex education field, studying queer theory, or feeling as though they don't fit the monogamous label should read this book - though I would say that this is a jumping off point, and definitely not an end to sexual education.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Beginners
    • Polyamory
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Instructional / educational

Design

This book is printed in several different editions. The edition shown here is a basic paperback of average size. Though it would not hold up through a natural disaster, I'd say that you've got a well put together piece of work. The cover, as one can see, is not discreet. Anyone peeking will inevitably stare or ask questions. I'd say this book isn't one you're going to want to read at work, unless you work at a sex ed center.
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover
    • Well made

Experience

This book definitely changed how I see myself and relationships. We are raised, in Western society, to see ourselves as monogamous creatures - one person at a time until we eventually "settle down." Anyone seeing more than one person at once, whether or not those people know about each other, is seen as a slut/bad. After being exposed to these ideas, I did a lot more research (again, this book is just a starting point!) and began to explore the idea of polyamory and consensual simultaneous relationships. I saw that it's not about needing "more" from someone, or that a partner can't "give you what you need" - rather, it's about experiencing different people in different ways.
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  • Stinkytofu10
    Stinkytofu10  
    Thank you for the review!
  • LikeSunshineDust
    LikeSunshineDust  
    I have this and started reading it. I suppose I should pick it back up. Thank you for the review
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