Alternative Sexual Lifestyles

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Connexions Library

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out
Hutchins, Loraine, Kaahumanu, Lani (ed.)
Book
1991
A collection of essays by 75 authors on bisexual identity.
BiNet USA
Website
BiNet USA collects and distributes information regarding Bisexuality; facilitates the development of Bisexual community and visibility; works for the equal rights and liberation of Bisexuals and all o...
Breaking the Bonds: The Realities of Sexually Open Relationships
Watson, Mary Ann; Whitlock, Flint
Book
1982
An examination of the lives of (American) people involved in socially and/or sexually open relationships.
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Different Loving: An exploration of the world of sexual dominance and submission
Brame, G., Grame, W., Jacobs, J.
Book
1993
Explores and demystifies the worlds of BDSM, sexual power relationships, and fetishism.
The Ethical Slut: A guide to infinite sexual possibilities
Easton, Dossie; Liszt, Catherine A.
Book
1997
A guide for anyone who dreams of having all the sex and love and friendship they want. Explores the skills and issues of a life beyond tradiational lifetime monogamy, from scheduling dates to handling...
Group Marriage: A Study of Contemporary Multilateral Marriage
Constantine, Larry L. and Joan
Book
1973
A study of more than 100 group marriages in the United States, exploring the psychology and sociology of this form of marital relationship. The study looks at how group marriages are established, who ...
Group marriage: Connexipedia Article
Article
Is a form of polyamory in which more than one man and more than one woman form a family unit.
The Harrad Experiment
Rimmer, Robert H.
Book
1966
Intimate Friendships
Ramey, James
Book
1976
Examines various forms of intimate relationship, from monogamy, to monogamy with adultery, to polygyny, polyandry and group relationships.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Jay Wiseman's Erotic Bondage Handbook
Wiseman, Jay
Book
2000
A compendium of advice on how to tie up your sweetie, or get tied up yourself.
Lesbian Sex Mafia ("l s/m") speakout
Moira, Fran
Article
1982
Report of a workshop on "politically correct, politically incorrect sexuality."
Loving More
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
A newsletter published by PEP (Polyfidelitious Educational Productions), a group marriage journal and network. Previous title was PEPTALK; name was changed to Loving More starting with the Spring 1991...
Lupercalian Valentine's Day: Whip It Good
Block, Susan
Article
2011
The tradition of honoring all-inclusive, natural LUST around February 14 pre-dates classical times when Ancient Romans celebrated the Lupercalia, an archaic festival of the now obscure old shepherd go...
On the Safe Edge: A Manual for SM Play
Jacques, Trevor; Dr. Dale; Hamilton, Michael; Sniffer
Book
A handbook on safe practices in S&M play.
Open Marriage: A New Life Style for Couples
O'Neill, Nena & George
Book
1972
The authors propose open marriage as a way to help couples realize that there can be both relatedness and freedom in marriage, and that freedom, with the growth and responsibility it entails, can be t...
Pansexuality
Article
Pansexuality (also referred to as omnisexuality) is a sexual orientation, characterized by the potential for aesthetic attraction, romantic love, or sexual desire towards people, regardless of their g...
PEPCON
Article
1990
Polyamory and Polygamy: Is the Media Right?
Trask, Robyn
Article
2016
There are a few of repeated themes emerging in many of the articles railing against polyamorous marriage.
Proposition 31
Rimmer, Robert H.
Book
1969
Rebellion of Yale Marrat
Rimmer, Robert
Book
...
Samois
Rubin, Gayle
Article
2004
A history of Samois, the first public organization devoted to lesbian sadomasochism and a key player in the early phases of the feminist "sex wars".
Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns
Miller, Philip; Devon, Molly
Book
1995
A guide to S&M play.
Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America: Nineteenth-Century America
Muncy, Raymond Lee
Book
1973
A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing wi...
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America: Original title: History of American Socialisms
Noyes, John Humphrey
Book
1870
Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
Take your partners
Article
Monogamy is not necessarily the best policy.
When Will the Media Really Get Polyamory?
Trask, Robyn L
Article
2015
Why do the media so often miss the mark when they write articles or do a feature on polyamory? Why do so many approach the subject with a ready-made idea of what they are looking for?
You and I...Searching for Tomorrow
Rimmer, Robert H.
Book
Letters to author Robert H. Rimmer about non-traditional sexual experiences and explorations, such as group marriage.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Bi.org
International site for bi-sexuals.
BiNet USA
BiNet USA collects and distributes information regarding Bisexuality; facilitates the development of Bisexual community and visibility; works for the equal rights and liberation of Bisexuals and all o...
Eulenspiegel Society
We support sexual liberation as a basic requirement of a truly free society. Our special concern is freedom for sexual minorities and particularly the rights of those whose sexuality embraces D/S or d...
Greenery Press
Publishes books for the sexually adventurous. Greenery Press has built an international reputation for publishing the best in responsible, sexy information about all kinds of consensual non-mainstrea...
Kerista Book Series
Kerista: the commune that invented the word 'polyfidelity' & 'compersion' based in the Haight-Ashbury of San Francisco from 1971-1991.
Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a na...
Polyamory
Discussion of polyamorous relationships.
Society for Human Sexuality
Social and educational organization whose purpose is to promote understanding and appreciation for the many forms of adult intimate relationships and consensual sexual expression.
Polyamory Society
Promotes and supports the interest of individuals of multipartner relationships and families.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a national organization and resour...
Museum of Sex
When the Museum of Sex first emerged on New York City's Fifth Avenue on October 5, 2002, it was without precedent in the museum world. With its inaugural award-winning exhibition, NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America, ...

Sources Library

Glossary of BDSM
This glossary of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism, Masochism) terms defines terms commonly used in the BDSM community.
The Mistress Condition
Breslin, Catherine
1976
A look at some [American] women who live outside of conventional marriage.
Promiscuity
In human sexual behavior, promiscuity denotes sex with relatively many partners. In polygamy it is distinguished from promiscuity.
Swinging
Swinging or partner swapping (sometimes referred to as the swinging lifestyle or simply the lifestyle) is a non-monogamous behaviour, in which partners in a committed relationship agree, as a couple, ...

From the Connexions Archives

Alternate Sources
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1996
A safe sex manual for SM Play. The authors, all experts in SM play, dispel the stereotypes and myths about sadomasochism with this introduction to a hitherto hidden world of human expression. Safe Edg...
Beyond Monogamy
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A newsletter dedicated to exploring and facilitating alternatives to traditional monogamous relationships. There is a collection of these newsletters from 1980 through 1982 in the Connexions Archive.
Bi.org
Website
International site for bi-sexuals.
Bisexual Resource Center
Website
Information, discussions, and resources for bi-sexuals.
Bisexual.org
Website
Information about bi-sexuality and links to bi-sexual sites.
Loving More
New Models for Relationships
Website
Organization and resource for people who who wish to move beyond traditional monogamy.
Peptalk
Periodical profile published 1989
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
Polyamory
Website
Polyamory Society
Website
Promotes and supports the interest of individuals of multipartner relationships and families.
QSM - Books, Magazines and Comics
Website
Books, DVDs, magazines, and comics on SM, dominance & submission, erotic pain, and related fetishes.