With guests from around the globe journalist & broadcaster Jonathan Kent and psychotherapist Zayna Ratty discuss relationships and sexuality beyond the mainstream. Beyond Monogamy discusses various forms of consensual non monogamy from swinging and monogamish to the various forms of polyamory and relationship anarchy. We also celebrate the incredible variety of ways human sexuality is expressed including kink, fetish and BDSM, to ace, demi- and pan- sexuality and beyond.
Episode 6: Insecurity
Zayna and Jonathan get personal this month and talk about insecurity with help from Jamie in Singapore and from Kevin Patterson, author of the excellent book Love's Not Color Blind who joins us on the line from Philadelphia.
Almost everyone has to deal with insecurity whether they're monogamous or non-monogamous, but within CNM there can be extra pressures because our partners are free to date other people and we compare ourselves unfavourably to their other loves.
Jamie talks about insecurities arising out of trust issues with a former partner, Kevin speaks about imposter syndrome, Jonathan about the experience of being an adoptee and Zayna about feeling less-than in her professional field.
Episode 5: Solo Poly!
Polyamory isn't all triads (throuples) quads and poly families. Lots of people do polyamory solo and are their own primaries. Zayna and Jonathan talk to Eunice in London and Kelli in Seattle about the great things about being SoPo and also the challenges - 'who turns up at the hospital?', social pressure to get on the relationship escalator and lack of representation in the media. It's just a great discussion. Tune in!
Episode 4: The pleasures and pitfalls of CNM
Zayna and Jonathan welcome psychologist and intimacy coach Dr Lori Beth Bisbey, and UK Polyday organisers Charlotte Davies, Morgan Grey and Eunice Hung for a wide-ranging discussion about some of the things that sometimes trip people up when they explore consensual non monogamy. We talk unicorn hunters, couples' privilege, communication, self knowledge and more!
Episode 3 - Consent
Released to mark the International Day of Consent - November 30th - Zayna and Jonathan ask Jenny Wilson, of campaigning group Consent Culture, and author, psychotherapist and mentor Meg-John Barker to walk us through the vital issue of consent. It's a great listen - two really switched on people who have thought long and deep about what we need to focus on when we're looking for consent.
An A to Z of CNM pt 2 - N to Z
The concluding part of our look at some of the terms and ideas you'll encounter when exploring consensual non monogamy. Zayna and Jonathan chat to poly researcher Daniel Cardoso of Manchester Metropolitan University.
Episode 1: An A-Z of Consensual Non Monogamy (Part 1 A-M)
To launch our foray into the world of consensual non monogamy we start by looking at some of the terms you'll find used in CNM.
Jonathan and Zayna are joined by Daniel Cardoso. Daniel is a research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, whose field of study is CNM activism in both his native Portugal and in the UK.