9 Strategies for non-oppressive polyamory

by Janani Balasubramanian

Polyamory doesn’t get a free pass at being radical without an analysis of power in our interactions.  It doesn’t stop with being open and communicative with multiple friends, partners, lovers, etc. We’ve got to situate those relationships in broader systems of domination, and recognize ways that dating and engaging people (multiple or not) can do harm within those systems.  Our intimate politics are often the mostly deeply seated; it’s hard work to do.  But I thought I’d get some conversation rolling by destabilizing poly as a ‘more radical than thou’ thing.  To that end, here’s a list of ways to do polyamory without being awful and oppressive:

Read full article HERE

Hard copies around the globe

Although my search for and networking with shops and zine distros around the world is totally still in the works – here are some of the places where JTR hard copies have made it so far:

The Freedom Shop (Wellington)

Sticky Institute (Melbourne)

Jura Books (Sydney)

Bus Stop Press (France)

Marching Stars (UK)

Bluestockings (NYC)

Have advised them all to sell zines for the price of the copy cost. Some shops may surcharge a tiny bit on top to maintain shop rent (fair enough).

If you know someone who runs a disto/shop and could be interested in stocking JTR, I’d be grateful if you could let me know.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! forward widely!

On Second Thought: non-primaries write about polyamory

Seeking zine submissions on your experiences with hierarchy in polyamorous relationships. What does that even mean? We wanna hear about your experiences with lots-of-rules poly, no-rules poly, and primary-secondary-etc structures in your poly relationships, whether explicitly negotiated, unspoken, accidental, or whatever. Especially seeking writings about your thoughts, feelings, experiences, mistakes, lessons learned, joyful surprises, etc, as a (current and/or former) non-primary partner, broadly speaking.

Send submissions by June 30th 2013 to onsecondthought@riseup.net

(This call out is not for Juggling the Rainbow but topically related zine).

Issue # 3 is OUT

Time flew and now, two month later, issue # 3 is finally out… oh joy! Another wonderful cover and another 10 interesting stories plus a comic fill the pages. I am really excited!

Go to Zine Downloads to find the PDF.

If you have feedback or criticism, it is most welcome.

Thanks to all the people exploring multiple loving, brave writers and curious readers!

Extended deadline for Issue # 3

Super nice summer in the southern hemisphere makes us friends, strangers and lovers spend more time on beaches than at computers – fair enough (and this includes myself).

Therefore the deadline for JTR #3 is extended to February 23rd 2013.

Please spread the word again, so this issue will be as diverse, voluminous and fun a read as the last two.

With best wishes for creative wonderful writing hours on desks and beaches, under apple trees and umbrellas, in bed and trains!

Short trip to Europe

For December I will be in Europe and I have a few hard copies of JTR on me. If you are in Europe and you or an info shop/archive/zinefest are interested in one or more copies, please contact me jugglingtherainbow@gmail.com and we can arrange cheap postage etc.

The call-out for submissions is still running hot. I had major issues with the old email and having had to close it down might have lead to missing out on some great stories. If you submitted something and have never heard back from me, it’s not because I didn’t think your contribution was worth consideration! Please email again to address above and I will get back to you asap.

Wellington zinefest was an interesting experience, although the zine scene is heavily influenced by artists and I have the slight feeling JTR was for most people an too out-of-it topic. The great thing to discover was, that the people who have similar guidelines around zine publishing as well as topics, are already my friends :-)