Gaia and the New Politics of Love

The author of this book is persuaded that barriers are recommendable when sexual practices result in the exchange of deep body fluids, unless previous fluid-bonding arrangements have been made.

Author: Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583942963

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

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***WINNER, 2010 Nautilus Silver Book Award – Cosmology/New Science Gaia theory argues that the flora and fauna of the planet operate in a self-regulating web that keeps the world livable. According to the theory, humankind is the most powerful species in this web and also its biggest threat. This provocative book explores ways to minimize and ultimately eliminate this threat with love and intimacy. Controversial Italian author Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio has authored the first global ecology study based on an analysis of human health. Anderlini-D’Onofrio identifies her remedy within the context of Gaia theory, re-envisioning it as a more inclusive philosophy that positively impacts not only relationships, but world ecology under duress. The author links human sexuality to the global ecosystem, claiming that freedom from fear will stimulate a holistic health movement powerful enough to heal relationships and restore planetary balance. Gaia and the New Politics of Love is bracing in its range, weaving together issues of human and global health; the relationship of politics, sexuality, and ecology; practices and styles of love; the changing roles of eroticism and gender in our lives; and polyamory, bisexuality, and the AIDS reappraisal movement. Clarification Statement from the Author The argument of this book emphasizes the arts of loving as a way to help humanity make peace with our hostess Gaia, the third planet. Some of these arts involve sharing emotional resources and amorous partners. Often, the arts of loving require the use of barriers: mechanical protections such as condoms. At times they do not because only tantric energies are exchanged. The author of this book is persuaded that barriers are recommendable when sexual practices result in the exchange of deep body fluids, unless previous fluid-bonding arrangements have been made. The author is also persuaded that good practices of holistic health contribute to strengthening the immune systems of those who engage in the arts of loving. Safety practices are important in making the arts of loving healthy regardless of what factors are involved in the syndromes most prevalent today, including AIDS and other conditions in the STD spectrum. Historically, disagreement has moved knowledge forward: Today’s science is the result of yesterday’s disagreements and controversies. The author believes in critical thinking and she respects dissidence in science today, including Gaia science, reappraisals of AIDS, and holistic medicine. She hopes her readers will be open to hearing more than one side of a story. This statement and the contents of this book do not constitute medical advice in any way. Readers are invited to consult their own healers and health care providers. Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, PhD Author of Gaia and the New Politics of Love Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, March 2010 Blog: From the Trade Paperback edition.

Polyamory in the 21st Century

2. Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Gaia and the New Politics of Love: Notes for a Poly Planet (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2009). 3. James Lovelock, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979). 4.

Author: Deborah Anapol

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781442200234

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 260

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Unlike other books on this topic, Polyamory in the 21st Century weaves together research and facts to provide an informed and impartial analysis of polyamory as a lifestyle and as a movement, and to place it in a psychosocial as well as an historical context. Anecdotes and personal experiences allow the reader to develop a better understanding of polyamory and the people who practice and enjoy it. Anapol addresses the practical, the utopian, and the shadow sides of this intriguing, mysterious, yet often threatening lifestyle. It honestly addresses difficult issues such as the nature of commitment without exclusivity, balancing personal needs with loyalty to a partner, evaluating beliefs about love and relationship, the impact of polyamory on children, and the challenges that arise when one partner wants monogamy and another prefers polyamory. Without judgement, she explores this increasingly common practice, and reveals the true nature of a lifestyle that many do not understand.

Sexuality Religion and the Sacred

Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives Loraine Hutchins, H. Sharif Williams. 17 Bi Book Review Gaia and the New Politics of Love: Notes for a Poly Planet, by Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio REVIEWED BY YEHUDIS (HUDI) SCHORR Gaia and ...

Author: Loraine Hutchins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131797705X

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred is a thoughtful collection of bisexual, polysexual and pansexual scholarship on religion and spirituality. It examines how religious and spiritual traditions address sexuality, whilst also exploring the ways in which bisexually-, polysexually-, and pansexually-active people embrace religious and spiritual practice. The volume offers a comprehensive analysis of these prevalent themes by focusing on five main areas of discussion: Christian and Unitarian Discourses; Indigenous and Decolonizing Spiritual Discourses; Feminist Spiritual Discourses; Buddhist Discourses; and Neo/Pagan Discourses. Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred offers an accessible yet scholarly treatment of these topics through a collection of critical essays by academics of theology, humanities, cultural studies and social sciences, as well as sexology professionals and clergy from various faith and spiritual traditions. It gives readers an insight into the intersection of sexualities and spiritualities, and attempts to disrupt this very dichotomy through its careful consideration of a wide variety of discourses. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.


NOTES. 1. A different and longer version of this chapter first appeared under the title “Notions of Love in Polyamory — Elements in a ... Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Serena (2009) Gaia and the New Politics of Love. Notes for a Poly Planet.

Author: Anna G. Jónasdóttir

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134648154

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

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This unique, timely book of original essays sets the stage for a new materialist feminist debate on the analysis, ethics and politics of love. The contributors raise questions about social power and domination, situating their research in a materialist feminist perspective that investigates love historically, in order to understand changing ideologies, representations and practices. The essays range from studies of particular representations and examples of love - feminist translation, mass media images and internet love blogs - to feminist theories of love and marriage, to ethical and political theories describing, critiquing or advocating the use of love in groups as a radical force. They break new ground in bringing together questions of gendered interests in love, temporal dimensions of loving practices and the politics of love in radical transformations of society.

Feminist Thought

Gaia and the New Politics of Love: Notes for a Poly Planet. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2009. Christ, Carol. She Who Changes: Re-imagining the Divine in the World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Dalton, Anne Marie.

Author: Rosemarie Tong

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0813350700

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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A classic resource on feminist theory, Feminist Thought offers a clear, comprehensive, and incisive introduction to the major traditions of feminist theory, from liberal feminism, radical feminism, and Marxist and socialist feminism to care-focused feminism, psychoanalytic feminism, and ecofeminism. The fifth edition has been thoroughly revised, and now includes a new chapter on Third Wave and Third Space Feminism. Also added to this edition are significantly expanded discussions on women of color feminisms, psychoanalytic and care feminisms, as well as new examinations of queer theory, LGBTQ and trans feminism. Learning tools like end-of-chapter discussion questions and the bibliography make Feminist Thought an essential resource for students and thinkers who want to understand the theoretical origins and complexities of contemporary feminist debates.

Polyamory Monogamy and American Dreams

Gaia and the New Politics of Love: Notes for a Poly Planet. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. Davis, Heather and Paige Sarlin. 2011. “No One is Sovereign in Love: A Conversation between Lauren Berlant and Michael Hardt.

Author: Mimi Schippers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351717111

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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This book introduces "the poly gaze" as a cultural tool to examine how representations of polyamory and poly lives reflect or challenge cultural hegemonies of race, class, gender, and nation. What role does monogamy play in American Identity, the American dream, and U.S. exceptionalism? How do the stories we tell about intimate relationships do cultural and ideological work to maintain and legitimize social inequalities along the lines of race, ethnicity, nation, religion, class, gender and sexuality? How might the introduction of polyamory or consensually non-monogamous relationships in the stories we tell about intimacy confound, disrupt or shift the meaning of what constitutes a good, American life? These are the questions that Mimi Schippers focuses on in this original and engaging study. As she develops the poly gaze, Schippers argues for a sociologically informed and cultivated lens with which anyone, regardless of their experiences with polyamory or consensual non-monogamy, can read culture, media images, and texts against hegemony. This will be a key text for researchers and students in Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, Media Studies, American Studies and Sociology. This book is accessible and indispensable reading for undergraduate student and postgraduates wanting to gain greater understanding of debates around the key concept of heteronormativity.

Love and Freedom

Polyamory: The new love without limits. Secrets of sustainable intimate relationships ... Compersion: Meditations on using jealousy as a path to unconditional love [eBook]. ... Gaia and the new politics of love: Notes for a poly planet.

Author: Jorge N. Ferrer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 153815658X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 212

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This groundbreaking look at the array of styles and modes of relationships proposes a new paradigm for understanding intimate relationships, challenging the monogamy/polyamory binary and offering fresh possibilities for thinking about contemporary love, sex, gender, and sexuality.

Love s Refraction

Plural loves: Designs for bi and poly living. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press. Anderlini-D'Onofrio, S. (2009). Gaia and the new politics of love: Notes for a poly planet. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. Barash, S.S. (2006).

Author: Jillian Deri

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442628693

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 155

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In Love's Refraction, Jillian Deri explores the distinctive question of how and why polyamorists – people who practice consensual non-monogamy – manage jealousy. Her focus is on the polyamorist concept of “compersion” – taking pleasure in a lover's other romantic and sexual encounters.

Bisexuality and Queer Theory

Plural loves: Designs for bi and poly living. New York: Routledge. Anderlini-D'Onofrio, S. (2009). Gaia and the new politics of love: Notes for a poly planet. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. Balasko, J. (Director). (1995).

Author: Jonathan Alexander

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317995554

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

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According to David Halperin, sexuality in our time is typified by a "crisis in contemporary sexual definition". What is sexuality? What does it mean to have a sexual identity or orientation? What is the relationship between sexuality as a knowledge construct, on one hand, and the often messy flows of desire and practices of love, on the other? How and why are some sexual, erotic, and intimate practices normalized and others marginalized? Queer Theory has emerged in the West as one of the most provocative analytical tools in the humanities and social sciences. It scrutinizes identity and social structures that take heteronormativity for granted – that do not question the social construction of heterosexuality as normative in relation to its oppositional binary, homosexuality. At the same time, bisexuality is a practice, identity, and orientation that challenges the binary logic around which cultural notions of sexuality are organized. It is a portal to the imagination of a world of amorous expression beyond that divide. This provocative collection presents bisexuality and queer theory as two parallel thought collectives that have made significant contributions to cultural discourses about sexual and amorous practices since the onset of the AIDS era, and explores the ideas that circulate in these thought collectives today. We learn much about the construction and experience of sexuality, and the power it still holds throughout the contemporary Western world to shape identities and practices. This volume challenges our understanding of what it means to be sexual, to have a sexual identity, and to practise the arts of loving. This book was orginally published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.

LGBT Parent Families

Polyamory in the 21st century: Love and intimacy with multiple partners. New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield. Anderlini-D'Onofrio, S. (2009). Gaia and the new politics of love: Notes from a poly planet. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic ...

Author: Abbie E. Goldberg

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461445566

Category: Social Science

Page: 371

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LGBT-Parent Families is the first handbook to provide a comprehensive examination of this underserved area. Reflecting the nature of this issue, the volume is notably interdisciplinary, with contributions from scholars in psychology, sociology, human development, family studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, legal studies, social work, and anthropology. Additionally, scholarship from regions beyond the U.S. including England, Australia, Canada, and South Africa is presented. In addition to gender and sexuality, all contributors address issues of social class, race, and ethnicity in their chapters.