People get involved in polyamory for different reasons. This may or may not include getting romantically involved with people of the same gender. The same goes for BDSM.
Wikipedia defines BDSM as follows: “The term BDSM is first recorded in a Usenet posting from 1991, and is interpreted as a combination of the abbreviations B/D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance and submission), and S/M (Sadism and Masochism). BDSM is used today (2015) as a catch-all phrase covering a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships, and distinct subcultures. BDSM communities generally welcome anyone with a non-normative streak who identifies with the community; this may include cross-dressers, body modification enthusiasts, animal roleplayers, rubber fetishists, and others.
BDSM, Anyone? Not so long ago, you could be excused for thinking that the mainstream audience would not have a bar of it. With a sequel to the wildly successful Fifty Shades of Grey almost at a movie theatre near you, BDSM is definitely a hot topic of conversation.
Not everyone is madly enthusiastic about the LGBT/BDSM aspects that are definitely part of the culture in the polyamory community in Australia. If you are a heterosexual person, maybe you can’t even understand how someone might want to get involved in any of this? You are not alone.
But the fact is that the polyamory community has decided to live and let live on these issues. This is pretty much in line with community attitudes on these topics; at least, when it comes to LGBT agendas. The hot subject today (the 10th of February, 2016) is whether eleven year olds should have formal classes on LGBT at school.
Should you choose to get involved with a polyamory organisation (at least in Victoria) you will almost certainly come across people who are deeply involved in LBGT/BDSM lifestyles of one sort or another. As a matter of fact, you might even witness BDSM practices at a social event!
If that is going to be a problem, may we just say that you will never be coerced into doing anything against your will. Ever. That is a given.
So, in the spirit of tolerance, we would like to introduce you to some A list podcasters who are a part of the larger polyamory community in the USA. We sent an invite to most of the A list podcasters in the scene, and a couple of them got back to us. This is quite a big percentage as we only tried to contact about half a dozen people.
Here’s the email exchange more or less as it happened. Thank you Dan, Dawn, Jase, Dedeker, and Emily for getting back to us. Feel free to check out the offerings mentioned below.
Yes, there’s something for polyamory beginners, but if you are curious about what really happens in BDSM, be sure to check out Erotic Awakening:
Invitation from Polyfido - polyfidelity.org.au
Dan - Erotic Awakening
Thank you Polyfido, I’ve actually included the host of Multiamory, a focused Polyamory podcast on this email. You are right - although polyamory is mentioned in each of our shows, it often isn’t the topic.
On Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 14:08, Multiamory wrote:
That sounds like a great project. I hope your listeners find our podcasts helpful.
We also just introduced a "Beginners Guide" to polyamory on our site Multiamory.com
It has a selection of episodes that are focused on important topics for people who are new to polyamory (jealousy, safe sex, terms, communication, coming out, etc)
The beginner's guide is here if you're interested:
All the best,
Jase, Dedeker, and Emily
Erotic Awakening http://www.eroticawakening.com