Poly Planet GAIA | ecosexual love | arts of loving | global holistic health | eros | dissidence: March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

3 of 8 - BiTopia: Is Bisexuality Entering the Third Millenium? Read Introduction to BiReCon 2010's Proceedings Volume

Bi ReConNaissance:  An Introduction to BiTopia

Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio

Cluster 1. Bi Re(Con)Naissance: When Bisexuality Enters the Third Millennium

The first of five clusters in which this volume’s contributions have been organized includes introductory articles that also reflect and elaborate on the contents of plenary sessions.  “BiReCon: An International Academic Conference on Bisexuality” is a multivoiced narrative based on observation and a micro-historicist perspective that nimbly documents and captures the energy and movement of the event.  The team of authors, including Meg Barker, Christina Richards, Rebecca Jones, and Surya Monro, were also key agents for the convergence of three Bi events that made BiReCon momentous.  They warmly welcomed BiReCon research into the BiCon, ICB, BiTopian space.  Their contribution clearly outlines the background and social actors that made the convergence possible, and briefly highlights presentations and their significance.  The appended copy of the Conference Program orients readers as to the variety of topics and contributions, with a complete list that includes presentations not available in article form.

Subsequent contributions in this section memorialize the three keynotes of the day.  In “Why We Need to ‘Get Bi’,” long-time bi educator and activist Robyn Ochs explains why the binary that organizes current thinking about sexuality needs to be overcome, along with the oppositional logic that affects human thinking in all areas of life.  Ochs’ pragmatic voice powerfully outlines strategies for global action. 

In “Bisexuality, Gaia, Eros: Portals to the Arts of Loving” yours truly takes this line of reasoning one step further to introduce the global ecology of bisexuality.  In a cosmos where matter and energy, mind and body, nature and humanity are aligned, bisexuality functions as a portal to a world beyond the hetero/homo divide, where the symbiotic energy of love is revered, the practice of love considered an art.  In this BiTopian world, Eros, the energy of love is recognized as the force that makes Gaia, the third planet Earth, alive. 

In a similar vein, the last contribution in this section comes from a perspective that honors erotophilia, or the love of love, rather than erotophobia, or the fear of love.  Its applied research is auspicated by AIB, the American Institute of Bisexuality.  Eric Anderson and his collaborators present significant in-progress findings on men and bisexuality, with a focus on secular cultures in today’s major metropolitan areas of the West.  The team includes Matthew Ripley, Adrian Adams, and Robin Pitts.  In “The Decreasing Significance of Stigma in the Lives of Bisexual Men” the authors document a cultural shift that empowers young men of our time to be more fluid about their sexuality and more relaxed about connecting physically and emotionally with one another, when compared to men who came of age on or before the AIDS era. 

The attention paid to gay cultures in the context of this epidemic has made gayness more acceptable to people who love love and respect erotophilia, or the human drive to make that love expressed.

To be be continued: 4 of 8 - Cluster 2: Contexts for Biphobia and Bi-Negativity.  Includes comments on contributions by Christian Klesse and Miguel Obradors-Campos.  Watch out for this exciting section in a few days!

Copyright and Prepublication Notice:
© Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, transferred to Taylor & Francis for upcoming publication in BiReCon, a selected proceedings issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.  Prepublished here courtesy of T & F.  Stay tuned for volume and buy it online!

Read the Journal of Bisexuality online, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of all aspects on bisexuality.   Check out our latest: a provocative special-topics issue on Bisexuality and Queer Theory!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

2 of 8 - BiTopia: Bisexuality's Meanings and Contexts. Read Intro to BiReCon, Cont'd

Bi ReConNaissance:
An Introduction to BiTopia, Selected Proceedings from BiReCon

Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio

Bisexuality: Meanings and Contexts

As public discourse manifests around bisexuality, the meanings of bisexuality gradually weave together into a multivoiced discourse where they become symbiotic with one another, as in a permaculture garden.  At the same time, the contexts, disciplinary and otherwise, where bisexuality manifests, become more diverse and widespread. 

In assessing the work of this volume, my wish is to interpret BiReCon as the portal to a BiTopia, a brave new world where loving love is fine and binaries do not apply.  When the meanings of bisexuality are memorialized, one finds how they defeat oppositional logic on many counts.  Is bisexuality about sex or love?  Is it about the potential or the act?  Does it divide or unite?  Is it about the body or the psyche?  When we introduce the trope of bisexuality in cultural discourse, we find that we cannot ask these simple questions innocently any more.  The questions bisexuality brings up simply correspond to the binary logic that binds modern thought to an old cultural paradigm.  It takes the work of many teams of interdisciplinary scholars and researchers to generate the energetic field of interconnected minds capable of debunking that binary.  A significant amount of that work is being accomplished in this volume and the convergence of events it refers to. 

@ BiReCon w/ Regina Reinhard & Robyn Ochs
Bisexuality is a modern word for expressions of the erotic among humans, expressions that are as old as human life in general.  The word is modern in the sense that it is based on the notion of sexuality.  This notion organizes what was known in antiquity as the arts of loving under a scientific aegis.  However, the practice of love among humans, and other species with a digametal, male/female system of reproduction, precedes the modern era, and transcends gender boundaries.  Love itself starts with unicellular life, where gender does not apply.[1]  As long as there is no evidence of the superiority of monosexuality, there is no reason to accept cultural constructions of “nature” that marginalize bisexuality.  In other words, bisexuality is “natural,” no matter what semiotic perspective applies.

This semiotic function of bisexuality as a hinge between eras and cultural paradigms, is what produces variance in the meaning of the word across space and time, and what grants its complexity a significant function.  For example, when referred to antiquity retroactively, the word indicates the fluctuations of erotic desire that were considered integral parts of a person’s development into adulthood.[2]  In classical Athens, one learned about the arts of love from older mentors of one’s gender, one practiced with other-gender partners.  When referred to early modernity, bisexuality indicated the performative aspects of gender that were typical of that era.  On the Elizabethan stage, for example, young men played women who played men, in a triple entendre that allowed to eschew the constraints of Christianity that labeled same-sex love unnatural.  This allowed Shakespearean actors, all men, to “play” with other men, on the stage, and--sometimes at least--behind the wings.[3]  In modernity, the b-word became associated with androgyny, a 19th century style of gender performance that enhanced the intertwined character of feminine and masculine traits in humanity.  Orlando, in Virginia Woolf’s novel by the same title, is a woman who is a man who is a woman--a transgender person as androgynous and bi as the author ever was.[4] 
It’s only in the 20th century that the current emphasis on desire became emphasized.[5]  Yet, when we see bisexuality as a portal to BiTopia--the brave new world where the energy of love circulates beyond gender binaries--we understand that the force of bisexuality in discourse is the complexity of all these meanings combined.  When we think of BiTopia as the energy of a global paradigm shift from binary to inclusive, from linear to complex, from erotophobic to erotophilic, we see that bisexuality functions as a portal, not a divide.  When we imagine the world beyond this portal, we appreciate this complexity as an asset.  Love, beyond that portal, is not a need or an instinct, but an art.  In this context, bisexuality is the subtext of a bouquet of imaginative styles of erotic expression that virtually live beyond the divide, including bi, trans, poly, swing, pan, omni, gay, lesbian, goth, BDSM, metro, eco, and many others. 

The venue that hosted the three combined events, UEL Dockland Campus, is a public university that serves many of the new populations of London’s extended metropolitan area.  The venue itself is significant in this context.  In England and the world today, the forces of democracy are defending public education as a foundation for the practice of democracy.  Yet basic human rights are continuously being violated precisely because not enough reliable knowledge is publicly accessible.  Sexual freedom is one of these basic rights.  In a world still dominated by the homo/hetero divide, bisexuality is an expression of sexual freedom whose significance is enhanced by the divide.  In hosting three Bi events combined, UEL accomplished its mission of auspicating democracy via public education.  The practice of bisexuality is a way that sexual freedom becomes expressed.  The study of bisexuality is a way to understand what this practice is in its multiple aspects.  When we memorialize BiReCon in this volume, we produce reliable knowledge about bisexuality and practice democracy in the form of making knowledge that is both academic and transformative accessible to the public.

The combined events were a unique opportunity to get a sense of what bisexuality is today, of its transformative potential as the third millennium comes into full swing.  Nobody knows what the future brings, and yet, we do know that the future of bisexuality is in the hands of those with the ability to think together about a third millennium where oppositional reason gives way to symbiotic reason. Symbiotic reason integrates both elements in a binary and honors the infinite diversity of the in-between, the infinite complexity of life that loves itself and sustains itself.[6]  This future will be ushered by those with the ability to respect the experience of bisexuality as a source of knowledge.  They/we have affirmed this identity and transformed it into an epistemic portal to a future without binaries.

To be continued: 3 of 8 - Cluster 1: When Bisexuality Enters the Third Millennium.  Watch out for this exciting section in a few days!  Includes comments on keynotes by Robyn Ochs, Serena Anderlini, Eric Anderson, and on event's genesis by Meg Barker and other organizers. 

Copyright and Prepublication Notice:
© Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, transferred to Taylor & Francis for upcoming publication in BiReCon, a selected proceedings issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.  Prepublished here courtesy of T & F.  Stay tuned for volume and buy it online!

Read the Journal of Bisexuality online, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of all aspects on bisexuality.   Check out our latest: a provocative special-topics issue on Bisexuality and Queer Theory!

[1] My sources are Margulis and Sagan (1991 and 1997), passim.
[2] My source is Cantarella (1992), passim.
[3] Significant sources include Chedgzoy (1997), and Garber (2000), passim.
[4] For bisexual paths to an interpretation of Woolf’s fiction, I refer to Marshall (2010).
[5] For more on the history of the word bisexuality, I refer to Storr (1999).
[6] I discuss this at length in Gaia and the New Politics of Love (2009) often also seen as a manifesto for ecosexuality. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1 of 8 - BiTopia: Is Bi ReConNaissance Happening Now? Read Introduction to BiReCon 2010's Proceedings Volume

Bi ReConNaissance:
An Introduction to BiTopia, Selected Proceedings from BiReCon

Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio


We decided to call BiTopia this volume of the Journal of Bisexuality.  What is BiTopia?  It’s the utopian space where bisexuality is real and present, and also where it is the vanishing point for all the imaginative forms of amorous, erotic, and sexual expression that make life healthy, creative, and fun.  BiTopia is also an appropriate way to memorialize the bi utopian space created by the convergence of three Bi university events in the East Dockland area, site of London’s traditional harbor.  The historic wharfs of the world capital of modern coloniality are being redeveloped as financial districts.[1]  Public universities serve the children of new migrants.  Bisexuality produces knowledge that is transformative and academic at the same time.  This introduction is meant as a recognizance tour of that BiTopian space, with Bi Renaissance as its wish and double entendre. 

Bisexual communities in the UK and nearby regions have come together annually for almost three decades in a stream of conferences known as BiCon.  2010 saw the 28th edition of this event, simultaneously with 10 ICB, the international bi conference.  They took place on August 27-30 at the University of East London, Dockland Campus.  BiReCon 2010, an international day bisexuality research, inaugurated the convergence of bi energies and minds, on the 26th.  This momentous combination, with the added bonus of travel and research funding from the American Institute of Bisexuality, the welcome of BiCon’s well-tuned organizational team, the proactive work of a cluster of UK-based bi researchers (including Meg Barker, Christina Richards, and others), and the congenial public university venue, made BiReCon 2010 a really unique and historic event. 

@ BiReCon w/ Regina Reinhardt & Robyn Ochs
It is an honor to be introducing one more special-topics issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.  This issue is dedicated to providing access to the knowledge production generated by BiReCon 2010 and making the spectrum of research projects, areas, and finding related to bisexuality accessible to the public.  As a speaker at the event, a contributor to the volume, and guest editor who originated the idea for this project, I am proud to introduce its contents.  There is always a major difference between flesh-and-bones events and their memorialization on paper.  Regardless of one’s efforts, there is no hope for a proceedings volume to offer anything anywhere nearly the intensity, momentum, and excitement of the conference itself, or even the memory in one’s mind.  However, the intent of this volume is to offer what is possible in that way, with the added bonus of the cognitive and epistemic reflections that turned presentations into contributed articles.  I am indebted to Brian Zamboni, Editor-in-Chef of the Journal of Bisexuality, for his valuable collaborator as a peer-reviewer in this project.  His offer to share the effort is really appreciated. 

To be be continued: 2 of 8 - Bisexuality: Meanings and Contexts.  Watch out for this exciting section in a few days!

Copyright and Prepublication Notice:
© Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, transferred to Taylor & Francis for upcoming publication in BiReCon, a selected proceedings issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.  Prepublished here courtesy of T & F.  Stay tuned for volume and buy it online!

Read the Journal of Bisexuality online, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of all aspects on bisexuality.   Check out our latest: a provocative special-topics issue on Bisexuality and Queer Theory!

[1] For more on the history of the Docklands, I refer to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Docklands

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ecosexuality: A Course in the Arts of Conscious Loving

Ecosexuality: A Course on the Arts of Conscious Loving

Only 500 Euros until June 30!

Robert Silber, M.S., LMT and 

Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, PhD 
teaching the first completely bilingual course on ecosexuality and the art of sharing love

Would you like to invite that special person to join you?
Offer a gift certificate for 50 Euros


Do you desire an expanded community of trust, love, pleasure, intimacy, and connection? Do you wish to develop your talents as artist of love? 

We believe that love is an art, and when consciously developed, the art of love can bring creativity, joy, and peace to our lives and the world. We share our knowledge in the arts of loving and guide you to develop your own. Bringing more trust, fun, and abundance in your amorous life is good for you, for others and for the planet.

The course will facilitate your development as an artist of conscious love. It will enhance your potential as a resource of love for your communities and networks.

Join us for five days of exercises and activities that will stimulate your mind, body, and heart. Practice communication techniques that help you to become more present and connected with others. Experience touch and massage modalities that create trust and lead to ecstasy. Share deeply with others who resonate with your passion for truth, community and the beauty of authentic relationships. Learn to appreciate your talents for erotic expression and use them pleasurably and respectfully. Be present to your nature as a resource of love.

Where: Casa di Fervento - Boccioleto
Via Val Sermenza 18, Varallo (Vercelli)
When: July 16-21, 2011
Cost of Course: 500 Euros per person
for only 500 Euros until June 30th

Full Board with
Vegetarian Option:
For the fabulous cuisine of
Stella Procopio 
Mini apartments at nearby 
Residence Pineta now 
available too!

Some of the questions we will address include:

How can a more conscious sensuality improve one’s sexual relationships and act as a force for more peace and justice in the world? How can our diverse talents for love and amorous expression be fully developed and appreciated? Can we live in a state of greater intimacy (not necessarily sexual intimacy) within a community and not just one other person? What role can an expanded network or community of friends who share these desires play in both individual and global development? How can we meet our needs for touch and closeness in non-sexual relationships? How can we release our emotions and speak our truth in ways that build trust, connection and create community?

You bring your unique talents. 

We support you discovering the arts of conscious love.

Shared intellectual property of 3WayKiss and Conscious Sensuality

Company to enroll?  We offer special discounts for two and three participants who enroll together! 
SPACE IS LIMITED!  Take advantage now!

Corso Ecosex - for 2 or 3

Who we are and why we teach this:

Robert Silber, M.S, LMT: Since entering the realm of conscious sensuality, he has studied and taught with the Network for New Culture, One Taste, Essensual Evolution (co-founder), and worked with many sacred sexuality and tantra teachers. He practices ashtanga yoga, is a licensed massage therapist, and loves to give massage incorporating the elements of lomi lomi, thai, cranial sacral and pelvic release techniques in a process that is deeply empowering and transformative.  He also provides conscious sensuality coaching via phone/email/in person.
He is a nature lover, master gardener, and was appointed by Robert Kennedy, Jr. as a Riverkeeper. He has worked in the fields of environmental activism, political organizing with Sierra Club, is a certified permaculture designer and co-founded an intentional community and environmental education center in Hawai’i.
He brings these two aspects together in the Kipuka Temple Community, where he has provided a framework of sensual living involving beautiful spaces, permaculture gardens, sustainable living, spiritual cultivation, and perhaps most importantly - a community grounded in conscious communication and intimacy building.
From this location, Robert travels to the mainland and internationally to lead workshops and events.  He is currently finishing a book on conscious sensuality, community and sustainability.
Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, PhD, is a writer, professor, leader, healer, and activist in the paradigm shift toward a Gaian future where humanity makes peace with our hostess planet. She is a successful coach and workshop leader working on polyamory and bisexuality issues. She believes that the Sacred Sex Movement, the Global Ecology Movement and the Holistic Health Movement are part of this paradigm shift. She is currently active in the global Polyamory, Bisexuality, Ecosexuality, and AIDS Dissidence movements and communities. Her latest book, Gaia & the New Politics of Love: Notes for a Poly Planet, was released in September 2009, from North Atlantic Books, Berkeley. It is now available digitally in Kindle edition, and is a Silver Winner in Cosmology and New Science for the Nautilus Book Awards. Serena is a world class keynote speaker and workshop leader who has presented in California, Washington State, New England, the United Kingdom, and Greece. She also coaches clients on ecosexuality and relatedness issues.
Serena offers coaching sessions to participants interested in healthy, sustainable inclusive relationships.
Robert offers conscious sensuality sessions to interested participants.  

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Non Chiamatele Corna - Don't Call This Cuckholdry

Mente e Cervello dedica un intero numero all'amore multiplo.  Wooow!  Forse è il momento del poliamore in Italia?  Proviamolo, no?  Ecco l'articolo "Non Chiamatele Corna" di Paola Emilia Cicerone.  Intervistate: Elisabeth Sheff, Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Dossie Easton e altre.  

Mente e Cervello (mind and brain) dedicates an entire issue to multiple loves.  Wooow!  Maybe it's time for Italian polyamory?  Let's give it a try!  Here's the article "Non Chiamatele Corna (don't call this cuckholdry) by Paola Emilia Cicerone.  

Interviewed: Elisabeth Sheff, Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Dossie Easton and more.  

Per la rivista cliccate qui:

Mente e Cervello, Febbraio 2011 - L'Amore Multiplo

Per il permesso ringraziamo Paola Emilia Cicerone e Marco Cattaneo

E ora anche disponibile il primo corso interamente bilingue che affronta il tema anche dal punto di vista pratico.  

Le iscrizioni sono aperte.  
I posti sono limitati!  

Non manchiamo questa occasione di sviluppare le reti poliamoriste in Italia!  
Per iscriversi ora cliccare sul link:

Ecosessualita: Le Arti dell' Amore Consapevole
Varallo, Vercelli, 15-21 Luglio, 2011

Purtoppo non ci è tecnicamente possibile ripubblicare l'articolo in forma più accessibile.  Del resto è meglio cosi, Mente e Cervello è molto interessante.  
   L'articlo è proprio ben fatto, con una certa analisi, sfondo storico, cenni sul cinema, illustrazioni piacevoli, ed il "lessico familiare" di chi il poliamore lo pratica.  Le interviste riflettono una varietà di prospettive di chi ha esperienza del poliamore e lo ha studiato. 
   Per una visione completa e agevole dell'articolo, raccomandiamo 
la rivista in carne ed ossa (ehmmmm, in carta stampata!)