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Ethical Slut [Kindle Edition]

Dossie Easton
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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The essential guide for singles and couples who want to explore polyamory in ways that are ethically and emotionally sustainable.

For anyone who has ever dreamed of love, sex, and companionship beyond the limits of traditional monogamy, this groundbreaking guide navigates the infinite possibilities that open relationships can offer. Experienced ethical sluts Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy dispel myths and cover all the skills necessary to maintain a successful and responsible polyamorous lifestyle--from self-reflection and honest communication to practicing safe sex and raising a family. Individuals and their partners will learn how to discuss and honor boundaries, resolve conflicts, and to define relationships on their own terms.

"I couldn't stop reading it, and I for one identify as an ethical slut. This is a book for anyone interested in creating more pleasure in their lives . . . a complete guide to improving any style of relating, from going steady to having an extended family of sexual friends." --Betty Dodson, PhD, author of Sex for One



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...I read Dossie Easton's book The Ethical Slut, a book that has inspired many people to become poly. I felt totally changed after thinking about what she was saying, love and sexuality can really be anything we want them to be... --Kindred Spirit, Jan/Feb 2011

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3263 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 2nd edition (20 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHYRAE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Polyamory and Ethical Non-Monogamy 29 April 2009
Format:Paperback
This book redefines what it is to love and be loved, to enjoy sex and to be sexual. It explores the history of non-monogamy as well as the beliefs that have convinced people that to love more than one person at a time is somehow wrong. It shows that love need not be exclusive and controlling, but instead how it can be inclusive and liberating. The title is an attempt to take back the term 'slut' and use it to describe someone who enjoys and explores his or her own sexuality in a consensual and conscious way. I have read several books on polyamory and new relationship forms and this is clearly the one that has been most influential, not just to me, but to the whole poly community.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more honest way of relationships 30 Nov. 2013
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because my therapist gave it to me to read as I have been exploring the world of poly relationships. Serial monogamy has not fulfilled me, I also have gender issues and sexuality issues so this book has been the beginning of a new journey for me. I would highly recommend it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and instructive 8 May 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this after having come across it years ago, when I thought the idea of polyamory (open relationships) was a good one in theory but far too daunting for me. I came to a stage in my life where I felt it would be worth trying, and the book has been very inspiring and helpful. It shows it can be done - the authors have lived long and happy lives without being monogamous and also raised children. Some of the exercises are a bit "california" but some, like "yes no maybe", are useful if you can force yourself to approach it with an open mind and not crack up with embarrassment. But that's the hard work that needs to be done to open up relationships - breaking through the embarrassment and fear and awkwardness; and the book's straighforwardness makes that easier. A great book for anyone who's ever felt tbey could love more than one person at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A bit hippyish for my taste, all this free love notion. iI bought it more of a curious connoisseur rather than an active member of the open relationship community. However if polyamory is your thing, has useful hand on advice, and even if you're not, deals with personal and relationship issues for growth in a well thought out manner form two authors who have been round the bock and have lots of stories and examples to share. The whole concept of turning the word 'slut' into a positive term is endearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Only About Polyamory 13 Jun. 2013
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Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy begin by explaining the concept of polyamory, how human love is not a zero-sum game, and why some people might wish to break with convention and try this life-style. The authors continue with detailed explanations and advice about polyamorous life-styles -- life with multiple lovers. Their direct and lucid style is a pleasure to read. Their advice on managing relationships is excellent and will have application to many people living in conventional monogamy.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Swinging than Poly 4 Jan. 2011
Format:Paperback
Like many, I bought this book after people recommended it as a good book for learning about polyamory. It's been sitting in my garage since that first painful read through. I learned more from website FAQs and friends than I ever did from this book.

If what you're interested in is swinging, or a poly relationship where people are regularly finding casual partners, this book may well be very useful for you, and don't let me put you off buying it if that's what you're looking for.

If you're looking for a book that will give you information and guidance on closed or more family based, or long term poly, this book is not it. You will get this book recommended to you regardless of what your situation is anyway. My girlfriend and her partners are generally in a semi-closed situation, and this book couldn't be less applicable for us.

My recommendation would be to start with Xeromag's Poly FAQ and go from there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing reference 9 Oct. 2011
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An interesting approach to human interaction, and a very enjoyable read trough. A significant list of related publication are given as reference at the end of it, providing an opportunity to read more about connected subjects.

The advice can be applied to polyamorous settings, including the special case of monoamory, and hence the read should not be reserved to the strict former case.

If you wish to get some information about the subject, it is a good buy; if you want to learn about peoples take on respect and limit setting it is a good buy; if you wonder whether this type of setting is a good thing for you, it is a good way to get an idea as to which issues one is likely to encounter and hence a good buy.
In the general sense, it is a well written publication, leaving the reader full liberty to think and setting a respectful framework to relationships. Get it!
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Format:Paperback
I like it, and it's useful for people who are new to poly, open relationships, alternative lifestyles etc. The chapter on jealousy is particularly insightful.

I started reading it, but didn't finish as I found the style a bit saccharin. It is, however, totally accessible and shows consideration to all genders, orientations, self-definitions and lifestyles. Good to dip into when having a polywobble.

It's also brilliant to have on your shelf when your date comes round as the literary equivalent of pampas grass on your front drive.
When spotted, it almost always prompts discussion, whether that's, 'Gosh, what's this?' or, 'Aaaaah, so you're sex-positive too. Yay.' A good intro for newbies on consent, compassion and sharing the lurve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read and enjoy this book
Read and enjoy this book! Well written by two experienced writers with a wealth of personal experience. Read more
Published 10 days ago by malcolm de medwe
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt, clear and precise.
Excellent book. A very useful guide on how to start, open out and mindfully engage in poly relationships. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Michael Marcus
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good introduction to polyamory!
Published 3 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and contains some fantastic
A most informative piece of literature. Well written and contains some fantastic anecdotes
Published 6 months ago by Doctor O
1.0 out of 5 stars A Book to avoid.
The premise of the writing is to reclaim the concept (and word) "slut" and show how a slutty lifestyle can be a wonderful expression of ''sexual freedom, infinite love and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nafiul
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a good starting point for an introduction into the poly model...
This book was quite challenging to read as it is a long way from what could be considered the "norm". Read more
Published 8 months ago by judith crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book is about total freedom to express yourself...
This is a fantastic book is about total freedom to express yourself sexually with anyone you want to, and at the same time, how to maintain healthy loving, relationships in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Roland Hague
1.0 out of 5 stars it felt like rape culture all the way
This probably one of the worst books I've read.
They go around the concepts and at some point it's boring. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nomadic Subject
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the more interesting books
Don't get me wrong, i like this book but the two female writers don't consider their bias enough. The whole thing is far too much about their experience, and it often starts... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. H. W. Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars excelent
Some very good points made. Many of the problems faced in a more complex relationship could easily be distilled even for a monogamous couple so there os much to be learned for... Read more
Published 21 months ago by mat
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