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Tag Archive — polyamory

Referral: On the Dangers of Focus on the Family Teaching Sex Ed

This article about an amazing open letter from 17-year-old high school student Agatha Tan to her high school principal shows not only the dangers on letting Focus on the Family teach sexual education workshops but also the amazing resilience of youth with respect to attempts by institutions specifically and deliberately trying to limit their knowledge. […]

Polygamy Charges, Again and Some Historical Context for Canadian Antipolygamy Laws

Canada might be closer to laying charges on polygamy and child exploitation in Bountiful, as this article outlines: New polygamy, exploitation charges considered in Bountiful case This is connected to a long historical context which doesn’t make it into the journalistic glosses on the topic. I recently gave a paper on this at the inaugural […]

The Surfacing of Sexual Subcultures

Pop culture is semiotically self-reflexive. Something making it into the mainstream visible recirculates due to that very visibility. It’s public sphere presence surfaces it and then—as surface culture—it continues to circulate. Either because writers draw from what is already out there, or because editors trim what might not be commonly known, the store of common […]

Polygamy Ruling Imminent

We can expect the BC Supreme Court polygamy ruling today. Either way, this is going to be an interesting one to watch. More soon, but note how in this short article, already so much is at play: Bountiful, the subjunctively-framed “so-called polyamorists” (who are held even more in question than the polygamists by this […]

Polyamory on the CBC

This article is actually from just over a week ago, but I didn’t let myself write about it because of marking deadlines. But now that the marks are in and I’m between classes for a few weeks, it’s worth a mention. Polyamorists’ Relationships Wrongly Targeted: Lawyer This article is interesting from a number of angles. […]


I’ve been thinking about aphorisms this morning, and how I think I want to start including them in this blog. I have always been drawn to aphorisms, to short pithy statements, little nuggets of thought. The Oxford defines them as “general truths” or short statements of a scientific principle—e.g., “Every action has an equal and […]