I had the privilege of giving a talk at PechaKucha last month, it was Unity night and I guess I thought, "What a perfect night to bring non-monogamy to the conversation?"
I was really nervous, as even in progressive Portland, Oregon mainstream audiences are a little skittish about non-monogamy. Typically my work is met at dinner parties with bemused curiosity, blatant defensiveness, or awkward fetishization.
I knew the audience would likely fit largely into the mainstream culture of default monogamy, and though my work focused on polyamory, open relationships and consensual non-monogamy, most of the work I do with couples is rethinking the cultural norms they've been taught about relationships.
Which mostly means, challenging deeply held patterns of default monogamy.
So I decided to shift my talk's focus a little to how our culture of default monogamy is damaging relationships. How if more monogamous couples held the bandwidth to acknowledge there is value in the emotional intimacy, inspiration, and curiosity brought out in relations with other people (even if it never becomes physical or sexual) they might be able to withstand the passing personal transformations that come with growing and changing over a lifetime.
But if you know anything about PechaKucha, you know speakers are given a STRICT timeline and structure to follow. Twenty seconds per slide and only twenty slides. It sounded like a lot to me until I tried it. Nothing has ever made me have to choose my words more carefully (right down to the syllable).
Which meant I had to leave a lot out, but I'm really proud of what I was able to work in, and based on the conversations I had after the event, I certainly got people talking and thinking about evolving relationships in new ways.
Watch the video below and let me know what you think on my facebook page. I'd love to hear from you.
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Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a communication consultant, sexuality counselor and certified relationship coach specializing in polyamory, open relationships, jealousy, and infidelity.