Monday, April 14, 2008

April 14, 08

Today would have been my father's birthday. I think he would have been 58, which means my mom would be 59 now. My parents had issues in their relationship(s) and I'm slowly starting to figure more things out there. After having been married 18 years, some people come to me for advice. So I think about relationships a lot.

I've also been listening to KISS FM in the mornings as that's what's set on my alarm and the last two weeks have been the female DJ ranting about "how can women cheapen themselves with casual sex" or how to know when a man is cheating, etc. Then I have another friend who asks me "how do I reclaim my sexuality?" I didn't have an answer directly, but stumbled across an article with a similar name... "Women Want Their Sexuality Back"

I don't know if this is what my friend was looking for, but it was interesting reading. I also remember recently talking with a friend who is a member of a big activist organization in Albuquerque and how people there were very freaked out by sexuality differences.

I didn't even talk with her about relationship differences - well in passing. We talked after I went to a sex positive health class at Self Serve. But I'm sure that if "progressives" are assuming that someone who is bi is promiscuous because of that identity - I think the word used was "swinger" I'd hate to see if the discussion of monogamy and other relationship styles comes up.

Teens have such a different life than when I was a teen that all of this goes through my mind a lot as I think about what advice to give them. Also as my friends go through awful relationship stuff. The good feedback was that this woman said it was important for her to have a "leader" (I won't even get into my feelings about THAT) that understands sexuality in a more open way.

I used to catch hell at UNM by some of the "hard core" Chicanos for being too nice to "the gays." I'm serious.

April is Phthalate Awareness Month. So if you gotta buy toys, buy green ones!

As Funkadelic said, "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow!"



Thanks so much for the kind words and the link!

Best Wishes,
Jenny Block
Author of "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage"
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