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The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures | [Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton]

The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1994 Celestial Arts (P)2012 Dossie Easton & Janet W. Hardy

What the Critics Say

"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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    Chris San Jose, CA, United States 07-16-13
    Chris San Jose, CA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.

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    "Well written, dense book"

    "The Ethical Slut" is an excellent, well written book to learn about different relationship types outside of monogamy while also respecting monogamy.

    If you are looking at this book, you are probably curious about the many topics of relationships. You will find a lot of good tips in this book whether monogamous or considering open, polyamory, or more. This book can actually help enforce a lot of positive communication techniques for yourself and your partner(s). At its center, the book is all about honesty and trust which is the building blocks of every relationship.

    The book is also extends the idea of what sex really is. If you think you know, listen to the first half of this book and see if you still define it the same way.

    The authors read the book and they do an earnest job. The fact that they switch between the authors to accent parts is nice. Also it helps that they both practice what they are explaining so can provide personal experiences, emotions, and really relate the content.

    The book gets a few down sides that keeps it from a 5 star.

    The book feels it is geared largely to women and couples even though they try to cover all sexualities and relationship types. Single men can get quite a lot but some examples or exercises are difficult to relate to.

    Also the second half of the book drags a little and the dual voice use takes a little bit of a hit that kept it moving so well the first half.

    Finally, it can almost be an overload of information. You might need a few listens to get the full use of the book.

    Overall, for anyone who ever "what ifed" or want to consider a different type of relationship in an open and honest way, this well written and dense book is for you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    val Indiana, USA 06-04-14
    val Indiana, USA 06-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book! Must read!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ethical Slut the most enjoyable?

    highly releatable !


    What about Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton ’s performance did you like?

    I liked hearing the book in the writers voice. it was great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Rapkins 07-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "wow. amazing!"

    I truly enjoyed this book as it was really something I needed right now and spoke to me on a very personal level. I have even recommended it to several other people who I felt should read it. This speaks to everyone of all sexual levels and comforts and helps took and others understand one another, and feeling comfortable in your own skin... to know that it's natural to feel this way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Troy SALEM, MA, United States 07-28-15
    Troy SALEM, MA, United States 07-28-15
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    "The information and advice is 100% totally solid!"
    Where does The Ethical Slut rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The open mindedness, sex positive approach, and enthusiasm was enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good solid read, with enough examples to use in everyday life.


    What didn’t you like about Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton ’s performance?

    Having a younger, more modern adaption would have enhanced my experience. Their performance was good, my extreme reaction was more toward the grandma-like reading from Hardy and Easton - describing hardcore sex acts in detail to 20 and 30 something’s leaves a little bit to be desired.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hire a much younger staff and make it relevant to our modern time.


    Any additional comments?

    I don’t want anyone to misinterpret this review, this book is great! – all the information herein is solid, well delivered, and 100% on point. I have been in a relationship for 8 years where my wife and I love to take women home for 3 way sex, bondage and discipline, top/bottom sex – or whatever you want to call it. This book is specifically geared to relationships like these. Some of the ladies we hook up with end up staying around for a while because it just works - some don’t. This book is very good at looking at the dynamic of relationships like these and also very good at offering advice for this type of situation.My critique lies in the delivery, and approach. No offense to the authors who also speak the audio commentary (read the book to you), but the experience is like having my hippy grandmother tell me very detailed stories about how her and all her old friends used to get it on back in the day. A lot of the material doesn’t translate well to someone who is, say in their 20’s or 30’s; it just doesn’t – I feel our generation is way more open than those of the past. So even though, all the information in the book is absolutely great advise for a kinky relationship or a vanilla relationship. They push good, open values that stress on the importance of communication, it's just weird having it told to you by an older person. So I would suggest this book to everybody – just be ready to have it read to you by a nice old woman who loves to use terms like cunt, cock, & ass fucking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Willie H. Bond III SAHUARITA, AZ, US 07-06-15
    Willie H. Bond III SAHUARITA, AZ, US 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A fantastic read and soul/spirit freeing book."

    There are not enough words in the English language to share what this book means to me. To have someone tell me that my life-long feelings are valid; that it is "normal" to love more than one person at a time; that feelings of wanting to see your partner love another - is not strange, it's wonderful!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 06-25-15
    Beth 06-25-15
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    "eye opening"

    narrator was a bit drab but the book was extremely informative. I learned a lot about myself.

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    DevilDog 06-19-15
    DevilDog 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very impressed with the way this is put together!!"

    I am going to listen to this atleast three more times in the near future. This is a great read for so many then just people interested in polyamory. BRAVO!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adora Curry 03-25-15
    Adora Curry 03-25-15 Member Since 2015

    Single mom of two active boys. My guilty pleasure is listening to audio books on road trips and to work or soccer practice. Love Chick Lit!

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    Would you try another book from Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton and/or Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton ?

    No. I think the content is probably great, but I felt like I was in graduate school in philosophy class all over again. Only this time, I did not agree with the questions posed and I wasn't wiling to be open to the logic of the author. Probably a great book. Just not for me.


    What didn’t you like about Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton ’s performance?

    Too educational -- It was like listening to a PBS documentary rather than watching one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    scott 02-23-15
    scott 02-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A very smart guide go relationships in modern tim"

    I really liked the book. It was a little long winded for my taste but over all it was worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mialani 02-13-15
    Mialani 02-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Well written guide to abundance"

    I really enjoyed this book. It helps you unlearn many taught behaviors. And answers questions while exploring our innate desires

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    1/9/15
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    "Enlightening"

    This has opened my mind and changed my perspectives. My sincere thanks to the authors and the brave pioneers of open sexuality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    1/8/14
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    "A wonderful book - and perfect as an audiobook"
    What did you like most about The Ethical Slut?

    Much of the writing is done as if you were being spoken to. So naturally, when narrated as an audiobook, you often are being spoken to directly. A wonderful book and the perfect subject of an audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ethical Slut?

    Listening to the narrator describe how she fell in love with a woman who at first intimidated her.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I very often laughed out loud in public. Quite embarrassing.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book. Even though it may be targetted at women, there is no reason a man cannot enjoy it and glean a great deal of wisdom from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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