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“One of the Most Taboo Conversations” — New Yorkers Push to Decriminalize Sex Work

on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Intercept

“This is one of the most taboo conversations for us to be having as a society,” New York state Sen. Jessica Ramos told the Foley Square rally. “And we are not going to stop.” Ramos will be introducing the decriminalization bill this spring alongside newly elected democratic socialist Sen. Julia Salazar, Sen. Brad Hoylman, and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, all Democrats.

Guest Blog: Celebrating Metamour Day!

on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

My name is Intimacy ConAmore. I am the Ambassador for PolyDallas Millennium. I am the creator of Polyamorous Freedom to Love. Thank you to my Metamour, Keira Of NCSF, for the opportunity to share my story.

Recently I was informed that there was going to be a day to celebrate Metamours, and I was excited to find this out. A Metamour is the title for describing your partners other significant others. I love having and being Metamours, some do not care to have or for being a Metamour. This is my experience with Metamours in my life. Growing up I was loved by my Grandparent's Metamours and those interactions are memories of joy.

My very own first Metamour and I decided to be friends and teach our cheating Jr. High Captain of the Football Team, Mr. popular boyfriend to be honest. And to this very day, he appreciates my decision to reach out to her and propose that she and I team up on him about his previously dishonest ways and encouraged him to be ethically non-monogamous. I still consider her a friend even though both of our relationships with him ended before freshman year of high school.

My next Metamour relationship was brief and sad. We didn't get to meet each other until the day of his funeral 23 years ago this coming March, the week of my Sr. Prom. To this day, I know that if I needed her help, she would be there for me and vice versa. This was bittersweet because we knew each other from school but I didn't really care about who else he was dating when I was with him so we just spoke in general terms about other partners. Recognizing her as a classmate at his funeral and then to have her embrace me and acknowledge me as his fiancé was an act of love that I felt she didn't have to do but she chose to do. In my mind we both loved him and we were both grieving, to me she was just as important on that day as I was even though she wasn't engaged or married to him. I have never really believed in the traditional ideas of relationship hierarchy. I give all of my Metamours the same initial opportunity to let me be a good friend to them regardless of how long they have been around or whether they are married to our shared love or even if they are just a new person that has been on just one date.

Then it was some years before I healed enough to have any seriously loving relationships again. My next Metamour changed my life. She hated me from the get go. But our shared partner always chose me when she tried to force him to stop having a relationship with me. It was two decades of hell with her. And recently she reached out and we had a decent conversation. I do not feel like she hated me now. I do not hold her previous choices to mistreat me against her. I have always wanted nothing but the best kinds of love for and from her. But it was a rough thing to deal with for so long, over and over again. I am not unscathed from it. I am happy that I still chose to love her through it all even if she couldn't accept it.

Recently, I had to make a choice that I have never wanted to make with any of my Metamours and break up with a Metamour. She was the partner to my ex-partner whom I still loved like a sister wife. I called her my child's other mom. Often times people couldn't tell which of us was our son's biological mom. We were so close and happy as friends and co-parents. I choose to love my friends of any capacity for life. Especially my Metamours even after neither of us are in relationships with whomever we originally shared as a mutual love. But this Metamour lost her way to Alcohol Addiction. I had to sever her relationship with myself and our son because her actions toward myself and my son were causing us harm. I am still saddened about this happening last April. It has been surreal celebrating holidays without her presence. I wish the best for her and I left the door open for her to return when she finds her way to a sober life.

Recently, I experienced more love from my Metamours than I ever conceived was possible. I went to Philadelphia for a week to visit a close friend and one of my newer partners of one and a half years. While I was there, we all attended the Polyliving Philadelphia 2019 Conference. During the conference I experienced what I would describe as magical metamourship. I met some Metamours for the first time and they were so warm and loving and truly made me feel like I had known them for years. Others I had met before but never had social one on one time with them. I got lots of one on one moments with so many of them throughout the weekend during the conference. In my mind, I kept thinking, if only that one Metamour that hated me for two decades would have just let us have what my new group of Metamours and I have. I can't speak highly enough of my personal experiences with all of these Metamours. It was everything and more than most Metamours get to experience.

Reality is that all relationships of whatever type are never perfect, not always happy and fulfilling, but that doesn't take away from my intentions to be the best Metamour I can be. I want to be a source of empowering love for my Metamours. They are crucial to the love and happiness of my partners. I can never be the everything that any one partner desires, so why wouldn't I be anything but welcoming to others to help add love to my partners’ lives. I hope that everyone gets to experience Metamour love and friendships the way that I have received and the way that I give. Happy Metamour Day!

February 28th is Metamour Day!

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February 28th is Metamour Day

on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

By Modern Tribe Counseling

Our friends at National Coalition for Sexual Freedom have declared that February 28th is Metamour Day. This is a day where we have an opportunity to recognize, honor and celebrate our metamour(s). In poly-amorous relationships, a metamour is the partner of one’s partner where there is no shared romantic experience. Metamours play an important role within the relationship structure. Often this person serves as an extension of the relationship and may fill the role of friend, confidant, co-parent, or another significantly role. This role can also be complicated by feelings surrounding the relationship itself. In most cases your partner chooses their partner, your metamour. This choice can result in a wide range of feelings from pleasure and joy to jealousy and confusion.

Delighting in Your Beloveds’ Other Lovers

on Wednesday, 27 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Share the love on Metamour Day, February 28.

Psychology Today: The Polyamorists Next Door

By Elisabeth A. Sheff

Another home-made polyamorous word, metamour is the term for a partner’s partner. Your girlfriend’s sweetie or husband’s boyfriend is a metamour. As friends or chosen family members, metamours are linked through a polyamorous relationship but are not in a romantic relationship with each other. Rather, they are members of the same polycule (a family/small network of people united around a shared polyamorous relationship, not all of whom are lovers but share lovers in common) and hang out together to various degrees.

Psychology Today adds Non-monogamy and Kink to their Therapist Directory!

on Tuesday, 26 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

CNM Task Force
 
Some positive news to pass along from the APA Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Taskforce. Dr. Heath Schechinger led an initiative to reach out to Psychology Today on behalf of the APA Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Task Force about adding a CNM-inclusive category to their therapist locator directory since February 2018. Recently, he was informed that Psychology Today added "Open Relationships Non-Monogamy" as a searchable category on their find a therapist directory, making it easier to find a therapist who specializes in this area.
 
While the Taskforce does not know the specific influence Dr. Schechinger's correspondence had as there may have also been other allies requesting this change as well, they were informed that the Psychology Today leadership was made aware of their arguments and had been taking their request into consideration for some time. Psychology Today also made a number of other inclusive changes to their therapist directory, such as adding "Sex Positive, Kink Allied" as a searchable category as well.  
 
Dr. Schechinger remarked that, "This change feels like a historic moment and another poignant shift in our cultural acceptance of diverse forms of sexuality and relationships." He went on to state that, "The CNM Taskforce now has a team of seven on our Healthcare Provider Locator Campaign and having the largest therapist locator directory on board will make our requests to other provider directories much easier to make."
 
Therapists with a Psychology Today profile are encouraged to update the categories they hold training/expertise in order to help clients holding or exploring these identities to find you.
 
You can read more about the arguments that the Taskforce provided to Psychology Today on Dr. Heath Schechinger's blog: https://www.drheathschechinger.com/blog/cnm-on-healthcare-provider-directories  
 
If you happen to have contacts at any other healthcare provider directory, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as they are currently compiling directories and contacts.  
 
You can also access the Taskforce's resources, including brochures for your therapist and medical providers, as well as an inclusive practices tool for therapists on their website: https://www.div44cnm.org/resources  
 
A very sincere thanks is due to Dr. Amy Moors for providing feedback on drafts and strategy discussions along the way, as well as to Dr. Eli Sheff for putting the Taskforce in touch with a contact at Psychology Today.
 
NCSF is proud to support the efforts of the APA's Division 44 Non-Monogamy Taskforce!
 

It’s Not That Men Don’t Know What Consent Is

on Monday, 25 February 2019. Posted in Consent Counts, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The NY Times

In 2016, for instance, researchers at Confi, an online resource dedicated to women’s health issues, asked 1,200 college students and recent graduates nationwide what they would “expect to happen next” if they went home with someone whom they’d met and danced with at a party. Forty-five percent of the men considered vaginal intercourse “likely”; only 30 percent of the women did. The figures were similarly skewed for oral sex. Additionally, one in four men believed women “usually have to be convinced” in order for sex to happen (only about a tenth of the women agreed).

There's a dark side of polyamory that nobody talks about

on Saturday, 23 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Insider

"There's definitely an ongoing debate around whether or not hierarchy in relationships is ethical," she told INSIDER. "Can one person dictate what I am and what I'm allowed to do in another relationship? Is it possible to put caps on how close a person is allowed to get to another person? It starts to bring up a lot of these questions."

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Metamour Day is February 28th!

on Thursday, 21 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Metamour Day is meant to foster positive relationships between you and your metamours, whatever that might look like. It is not about forced compersion. It’s about communal appreciation within our family structures. Metamour Day is a celebration of the unique and special relationships between metamours.

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As society evolves and non-monogamy becomes more common, the traditional nuclear family structure is constantly being challenged. Metamours are often taking on important family roles such as cohabitators and parental figures.

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It is important to acknowledge and appreciate the special role a metamour has in your partners’ lives and tangentially (or directly) your own life. As a non-monogamous person, it is worthwhile to celebrate that relationship in order to continue to demonstrate the supportive and beneficial impact of non-monogamy on our lives.

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Please join the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom in celebrating this day on February 28!

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