- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Celestial Arts; 2nd edition (15 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587613379
- ISBN-13: 978-1587613371
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ethical Slut: A Roadmap for Relationship Pioneers Paperback – 15 Apr 2009
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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
About the Author
JANET W. HARDY is the author of more than 10 books and founder of Greenery Press, a San Francisco Bay Area book publisher specializing in sexually adventurous books. She swore off monogamy in 1987.THE AUTHOR SCOOP Do you eat your vegetables?
Yes, but I'd rather steal your dessert. Have any good pet stories?
My dear Amy - a gigantic shaggy lab/poodle mix who went to doggie heaven last summer - is still the stuff of legend in San Francisco's alt-sex scene. One evening, she wandered into the room during a bondage demo: a sweetie of ours was modeling a spreadeagle pose. Amy took one look at her beloved auntie and immediately flopped down next to her on her back, all four legs spread out in the identical pose, as the room dissolved in hysterics and Auntie sat up, rubbing her wrists indignantly, and sputtered, "Upstaged by a fucking dog!" Are you "six degrees of separation" away from anyone famous?
Distantly related to Clement C. Moore, author of The Night Before Christmas. Do you have a scar anywhere on your body? How did you get it?
A stylized elephant branded on my right calf, put there by Fakir Musafar. Elephants are large, smart and matriarchal - hence, my totem. What was your favorite birthday?
Ah, this is a good one... my 35th, the year my two main squeezes at the time took a cabin at Sea Ranch for my birthday and we spent the weekend mushroom-hunting, binge-eating and fucking. Name a favorite dish that your mother used to make.
"Israeli salad," which she learned to make when she was trapshooting on the American team in the Maccabiah Games, the Jewish olympics. A chopped salad made with tomatoes, cukes, hard-boiled eggs, bell peppers, etc., and tossed with olive oil and lemon juice. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Spelunking in my own brain. DOSSIE EASTON is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in alternative sexualities and open relationships. She is the author of four other books. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been an ethical slut since 1969.
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Top Customer Reviews
When you're thinking about non monogamous relationships this is the perfect book for you. If you just want to broaden your worldview, this is a good book too.
The Ethical Slut is written by very intelligent authors in every sense of the word, mature emotionally and free intellectually. Their world is a better world.
How I wish I read this book 20 years ago.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite emotional way of narrating. Brags about willing to change the meaning of 'slut', calling you so. I stop believing in this 'change the meaning of words' idea. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Di Cosmo Michele
Interesting read with lots of practical advice and stories of experience to draw on when thinking about this aspect of life and relationships.Published 6 months ago by Lou
Bought this for my polyamorous partner as a birthday gift. He read it cover to cover multiple times and carried it around with him everywhere! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
LOVED this book.
Absolutely a life-changing read. It restructures how you think about relationships and helps to clarify the gulf that exists in modern dating between... Read more
A game changer, this book widens what we know about relationships. The parts about communication and non violent fighting should be read by everyone that wants to be in a healthy... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Laura M