I have seen this change coming for a while so believe me when I say that having a child as a single parent or as a same-sex couple is going to be the next big thing for the matriarchy.
COVID-19 pandemic-fuelled IVF baby boom creating ‘sperm drought’ across Australia – ABC News via @inkl https://inkl.com/a/QJxnvZiLmbk
The world is clearly changing and women are slowly winning battles that will enable them to be genuine equals against the dominant gender (as things always should have been in humanity from the start but never were).
So mark my words that I definitely can see a time in the next 10 years or so when some governments swing their policies to support this now viable option in order to keep births at a sustainable replacement rate.
But where there are winners, there will also be losers and one winner from the loser category (see what I did there!) might be the incel groups who will keep growing as women tread their own path either alone or with another woman rather than a man.
As always, it makes for interesting times and I will definitely be writing more about this so if you have gotten this far, please drop by again as…
Shit’s about to get real for the patriarchy!
Mr Mister, Something Real
I just came across this article and it really resonated with me.
I warn you, it’s bloody sad but please have a read of it at the link below and then make up your own mind.
Valerie Bacot: French woman who murdered her rapist husband walks free from court.
The Telegraph via @inkl https://inkl.com/a/bddkMAILBMv
For my one cents worth, this is yet another story in a recent chapter of an old and long book on patriachal control that really needs more support from the masses to enable it to cut through and be heard in our centres of power.
That support will empower our politicians to move on it and make some real forward progress on gender relations.
Without that support and overall understanding of what is at stake here from the general public, women will continue to suffer at the hands of men as they have for far too long now.
Things need to change and the only way this happens is through legislation and thus law.
It’s just not good enough for even one woman (first world Australian context) to suffer at the hands of a man in 2021.
Please read up on this subject and if you also feel that change is needed, then please seek out the political party at the next election that has policies which will move us forward and give them your vote.
This must stop.
Till It Happens To You, Lady Gaga
I had moved away from poly for a few reasons but then tonight I read this article by Thomas and I think I need to revisit The Ethical Slut soon for a refresh.
Back in the day I used to think polyamory was the next big thing but that time came & went (in Australia specifically) with the default in marriage staying the course as the default long-term relationship option.
Polyamory isnt dead yet though and I really hope it hangs around because I feel its time will come again as both genders methodically find solutions to problems that have and still constrain gender balance.
I see traditional marriage as big supporter of gender inequality but that said I am sure there are many great examples of marriage that show it in a better light.
Anyway, this article will provide you with a small window into the world of the polyamourous via one of the many emotional mines on the minefield of love that can stop a polyamourous relationship in its tracks.
Compersion; is defined in the Urban Dictionary as:
“A feeling of joy when a loved one invests in and takes pleasure from another romantic or sexual relationship
Thomas discusses compersion and in doing so will take you in a journey about commitment, patience and empathy for your significant other.
Anyhoo, I hope you click through (see my p.s. below first) and until next time peeps, keep living & loving like there’s no tomorrow.
Here’s a bit of QOTSA to get you in a loving mood.I wanna make it wit chu
p.s. Medium is a subscriber based site so you are going to have to cough up some cash to read the main link.
I reckon its completely worth it as Medium is chock full of brainy goodness, but that’s your call.
Here’s a article that I found in Guardian Australia this morning as written by the author from her upcoming book:
Self Contained: Scenes From A Single Life by Emma John.
I really enjoyed this article. I am not a single woman but have danced around many of the subjects discussed in this article over a number of years because I feel that all the points presented are very important for both genders across the board.
The message that I have tried to communicate is that marriage shouldn’t be the only option in our lives. I strongly believe in this sentence.
And this article and I gather Emma’s book goes deeper to make this point albeit as a woman who understands the scope of the debate much better than I can and all the factors involved.
Please have a read of the article if this is something you think about on occasion. Its really good food for thought.
Its also a subject poignant at the moment as the current Australian conservative government and their friends in supporting organisations seek to try on a proposal for people to stay in relationships for two years after trouble makes itself known.
This in my opinion is a bridge too far and it will be interesting if they seek to give it oxygen in this term of government.
Anyway, that’s me for this one.
Cyndi L – Speaking Truth
At the link below Claire Divino has written a piece a lot of you may well identify with and relate to as I did.
I have been trying to put paragraphs together like this for years now but in the finest traditions of writing, the words only come when they want to.
“We Are NOT Monogamous by Nature” by Claire Divino https://link.medium.com/4PKz5s2oz9
From my point of view, this is a great lead into a post that I have written which I will drop IDC.
But if reading this whets your whistle, please head over to Medium and soak a while in this and so many other posts of beauty written by people who, like I do, care about the big picture that encompasses our humanity.
Remember though, Medium is a paid site so you will need a sub if you want to indulge regularly like I do.
p.s. Just one fix at a time though please!
One of many favourite writers is Zoe Williams from The Guardian UK.
She writes an honest article at the link and I frankly love most of what hits the page under her name.
Here’s another. A book I haven’t read which I need to read followed by some potentially watchable tv.
Anyway, short & sweet tonight.
About the closest I have been to polygamy is that TV show “Big Love” from the US that SBS Australia showed many years ago.
I can’t remember watching more than one series but I think I watched enough at the time to get a feel for how their particular household worked.
The adult male had three wives under one roof if I remember correctly and via a roster system, spent time with each of them equally.
I remember thinking that there was some good attributes to this sort of arrangement but I also saw enough drawbacks to make me, in an overall sense think this type of relationship wasn’t ideal.
BTW, my opinion is still completely subjective as I haven’t lived like this nor know anyone who has.
Anyway, getting back to the title of this post (via Guardian Australia) after having read the article, with a few more years under the belt and very much taking into account my poor understanding of this relationship style I think it is good thing that polygamy is finally being decriminalised.
Please read of the article (it’s a really good read) at the link as it has three different perspectives that are all interesting in their own way.
My take from reading the above is that I think decriminalisation has to be tried on for size and given time to breathe and settle so it can be fully assessed as to it’s suitability within society.
Secretly I hope it thrives as I am strongly of the opinion that one size doesn’t fit all and that’s why I look forward to watching this space with interest to see what happens next.
This is a really good read and it has frankly made my night.
I have seen polyamory rise up from nothing in Australia and then seemingly slowly die off as various organisations folded.
This article proves the fear mongers wrong and I hope we see a resurgence one day.
What I love most about this article is that which attracted me to polyamory all those years ago when I first turned the pages of The Ethical Slut.
But that is me and both you and I dear reader are very different people. We all have different views and different life experiences that make us the people we are.
‘There’s zero evidence that it’s worse for children’: parenting in a polyamorous relationship
Anyway, have a read and if a comment crosses your mind, you know the drill.
Check out this ENM/Poly read on Medium if you have some time.
Elle writes well. Looking forward to more of her thoughts on human relationships & sexuality as her inspiration strikes.
Yet another great case for moving fowards as a species with relationship options vice the tired old default of marriage in plain view with add-ons in the shadows.
“Polyamory Improves My Relationship With My Husband” by Elle Beau https://link.medium.com/dJP6GlBX02
First of all. Happy New Year to one and all wherever you are reading my little blog from.
An interesting read below if you have time.
What I get from it is that yes, we have an ageing population and yes, we are solving a few problems but many still exist and others are being created by the day.
All in all, it makes for an interesting 2020’s, 30’s and beyond for humanity.
For mine if I had my time over again I would escape to the country dependent only on a small sustainable town, build a sustainable house on a small block that had bushfire protection built in via an underground tank(s), grow my own food via permaculture, and aim to settle down with a crew of like-minded folk who shared a love of community especially when it comes to children.
It wouldn’t be easy but it would be rewarding in the long term.
The family in 2050: artificial wombs, robot carers and the rise of single fathers by choice
Another nail in the coffin of marriage tis…
This is why I dig change, it’s inevitable.
I reckon that by the time fate comes a knocking to tap me on the shoulder, marriage may well be a shadow of its former “one size fits all” self.
As that bloke said in the Guinness commercials years ago…
“I like to watch”.
p.s. thanks to Guardian Australia for giving me continual food for thought.
From Brigid Delaney (totes a fan!).
via The Guardian, Australia.
These articles are both, right up my alley.
They are another couple of nails in the coffin of the way things have been done without question for some time now.
I speak of the patriarchy, marriage and everything spinning around these two axis that needs a good dose of change IMHO.
“Change is inevitable, growth is optional”
John C. Maxwell
A quick recap.
It’s true that much good has come from this way of living over the past few centuries, but holding the good to account are volumes of bad with just one example (of many) being, one woman is murdered by her current or former partner every week in Australia currently. Check out more here;
For mine, I am strongly of the opinion we have it arse about presently and whilst we humans love company and cohabitation can be a great thing, when it comes to relationships, we need options rather than a contract.
These two articles affirm to me that this is the direction we are heading and I am happy where the compass needle is currently pointing.
I will continue to write about this massive subject as I get my head around it, but until then…get scrubbin!
My life in sex: ‘Once I would have called a woman doing what I do a slut’
This is a quick but interesting read. A woman whom has adapted to non-monogamy.
I remain hopeful that this will become the default on day.
This article dear readers brings into reference the 2016 Australian Census result that I have mentioned in one or two previous posts.
Specifically, it mentions the rise seen in single person households.
That is why I will be very interested to see the next set of census results in a couple of years time especially considering #metoo will have been on the minds of many during that time period.
How does this information relate to this blog you may ask?
Well, I tie it in on the premise that the nuclear family as we know it in this country is slowly eroding at the edges.
Mark my words. This changes everything.
This I dig. The use of another of our amazing human senses to navigate the sexuality freeway.
This time via your earholes.
I am going to check it out and I hope you do too.
Update 1: I have listened to a couple of the freebies and I must say it’s exiting being aroused by something other than by pure visual means.
Update 2: I signed up today for a year because brilliant initiatives like this need support IMHO.
On my first listen today as a member what stood out is the beauty of the words used. Words matter and there is nothing more arousing than great conversation.
And in my opinion its a better way of consuming pornography than visual but I will use both as needed. Each to their own here.
Please check them out. This is some good stuff on here catering to all tastes so I hope they grow from here.
There’s an app available on both the Apple & Google stores so eroticism at its best can be available as needed for your individual body & mind.
And here’s the review that got me started on this road.
Aural sex: erotic podcast offers stories to stimulate your ears