Normalizing Non-Monogamy - Interviews in Polyamory and Swinging

Hi! We’re Emma and Fin! We’re a married couple in our early thirties who have been exploring non-monogamy for over a decade. Every week we interview people from across the spectrums of gender, sexuality, and relationship styles to hear their amazing stories. Many of our guests identify as swingers or polyamorous. However, quite a few have redefined non-monogamy in their own way by blending swinging and polyamory into a unique hybrid that works for them. We hope that by giving a voice to the diverse community exploring non-monogamy that we can show people they are not alone and inspire them to embrace their true selves so that, together, we can open minds and live authentically without shame. We hope you enjoy the show and who knows, maybe someday you’ll even be willing to share your own story. We’d love to hear it!

Charita Marie is an incredible woman who is an unbelievable advocate and activist in the black, non-monogamous, and LGBTQ+ communities. To name just a few, she is a co-organizer of Poly Dallas Millennium as well as the Dallas lead for Black and Poly. Beyond that, she has an amazing story to share. We talk with her about a wide range of topics including navigating mismatched libidos and asexuality, nourishing relationships during Covid, raising sex-positive children, the importance of self-care, navigating the poly-mono relationship dynamic and so much more! This is a fantastic discussion and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

 

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Ep 137 - Kat

Kat is a delightful and bubbly human whose journey takes us to multiple continents and is full of self-discovery and growth. She grew up very religious and was engaged at a young age before setting off on a trip to study in Argentina where her world opened up. She shares with us how she went from super religious, to engaged, to single, joined a band, got married, separated from her husband, and is now exploring solo polyamory along with dabbling a bit in some other forms of ethical non-monogamy. It's a fantastic story!

 

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Amanda and Thomas are in their very early thirties and have been exploring non-monogamy since the beginning of their relationship over five years ago. They have a fluid approach and keep things independent from one another (except for when the threesomes happen), yet, they don't hide things either. They share with us how they are able to find this balance, keep lines of communication open, and how they have been adjusting to spending a lot more time together since the pandemic showed up. It's a fantastic and lighthearted episode that we know you will enjoy!

 

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Jhen is a 30ish year old, hilarious, pansexual woman from Jamaica who has been exploring non-monogamy since she first shared a boyfriend with her best friend when she was six! In all seriousness, monogamy really isn't her thing and pretty much all of her adult-life relationships have been non-monogamous in some fashion. She shares a journey with us which spans multiple cultures and includes a fair amount of laughs!

 
She is also one of the co-creators and hosts of The Monogamish Pod podcast which focuses on ethical non-monogamy through the Black Caribbean lens.

 

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Kate and Chris are right at the start of their journey...Sort of. They have been discussing ethical and consensual non-monogamy for the last couple of months but have been forced to just keep talking about it due to COVID-19. The conversation came up after Kate asked Chris for a divorce because after her third emotional affair she concluded that she must not love him anymore since she was interested in someone else. Chris wasn't about to throw away 20 years of marriage that easily and after some long nights of talking it turns out that neither of them wanted to get divorced. Gasp! These two share the incredible journey they have been on together so far and have kindly volunteered to let us track the entire thing in a multiple part series over the next, well, hopefully 40+ years!

 

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We're honored to welcome Ruby Johnson, co-founder of Poly Dallas Millennium, to moderate our first panel discussion. As she mentions, this is not a race 101 discussion. While it is targeted towards the Black community, it is an invaluable resource for anyone who finds it. The amazing and accomplished panelists discuss difficult topics, share vulnerable stories, and do it all while weaving in humor and laughter. It's a very real conversation with four powerful friends. 

Thank you again to Ruby Johnson, Charita Marie, Dr. Justin Clardy, and of course Jhen for sharing their voices and experiences with us.

 

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Marla's story and message are incredible, you do not want to skip this episode. She is a professional sexologist, intimacy/relationship/sex coach, speaker, and author. She is the owner of Velvet Lips, a sexuality education company, as well as Contract Liberation, a company focused on research for non-profit groups. As a Lecturer at Clayton State University, she teaches Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. As the Co-Founder of the Sex Down South Conference, Marla aims to bring diverse groups together to learn and share their experiences in the essence of being authentic and fostering sexual liberation across communities. Marla has studied human sexuality for over 19 years, has educated over 20,000 people in over 13 years, given over 400 workshops, and have served over 100 clients in her private practice, all around the world. She has had her influence in the media, as well; she has written over 200 articles, featured in over 20 magazines and books, and has been on over 50 podcasts and independent television shows. She was featured on Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike and VH1's Love & HipHop Atlanta. In addition, she also sits on the Boards for SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! and is on the Community Advisory Board of the Diverse Sexualities and Research Education Institute. She also recently co-wrote her first book, The Ultimate Guide to Seduction & Foreplay (2020) with Dr. Jessica O’Reilly... Seriously, do not miss this one!

 

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Mrs. and Mr. Jones from the We Gotta Thing podcast join us this week to share their story. "But can't I just go listen to their story on their podcast?" you might be asking yourself... You could. But rumor has it that we have never-before-discussed top secret material. These are of course just rumors. However, what we do have is a fantastic discussion that goes much deeper than their story. Our recommendation is you listen to this episode AND go listen to their podcast. Everybody wins, especially you.

 

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Felice and Bill are back for round 2! We originally talked to them in Episode 42 and they're back to give us an update on how things have changed for them in the last year and half. They discuss confronting an STI earlier in the year and how Coronavirus has forced them back into monogamy and impacted their relationship as well as their relationships with others. Enjoy!

 

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Ep 129 - Chloe

Chloe's story is powerful in so many ways. After opening their relationship at the end of 2019, Chloe and her fiancé ultimately ended up parting ways. Starting to explore swinging and polyamory exposed some underlying issues that they each needed to work on individually. Chloe takes us through the journey of discovery and the work she has done on herself over the last few months as she looks forward to how she wants to model future relationships.

 

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