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Bionicgeek 12-12-2011 02:31 AM

The Joys of Grad Student Final Papers
I'm a sociology masters student in the Northern Virginia area. Just finished my paper for my Globalization class trying to link globalization to poly. Proved to be an interesting and, at times, frustrating endeavor. Next up is a 20 page paper examining poly through feminist theory. Any suggestions people, getting to talk about this a bit would do wonders for my sanity.

I'm finding that plowing through what little academic work has been done on our community has been both enlightening and stressful given that it seems we don't do as well in bucking dominant discourses as we, or at least I, would hope sometimes.

redpepper 12-12-2011 07:21 AM

What is your thesis statement? That might help for a start.

Bionicgeek 12-12-2011 07:24 AM

Currently my working research question for my thesis is, "How do Polyamorous individuals conceptualize of family?"

However, I'm not touching that til I finish this paper for feminist theory, which was more of what I was talking about when I threw that advice remark out. In general I'm looking for people to talk to and keep me sane as I write this thing that's due on Thursday.


redpepper 12-12-2011 07:30 AM

So what is your thesis statement for the paper you are writing now?

Bionicgeek 12-12-2011 07:32 AM

Ah, mea culpa. No real thesis statement, it's a literature review with the general guideline of asking what feminist theory would have to say concerning polyamory.

redpepper 12-12-2011 07:34 AM

interesting! What are you finding? Is there a certain era or type of feminism that you are referring to?

Bionicgeek 12-12-2011 07:37 AM

I'm not finding much as yet since I just started the introduction. I finished my other 20 page paper yesterday morning at 7am and then dived into bed. Tomorrow will be diving through the journal articles I've rounded up and getting a better idea of how I'm outlining this thing. As for types of femenism I think anything after Simone de Beauvoir is game.

redpepper 12-12-2011 07:50 AM

I am particularly interested in this as I have done some study on the feminist perspective of slut culture. There is quite a diverse response to it and it ties into poly nicely as there is a realm of poly that includes aspects of slut culture. By that I mean that there are poly people that engage in casual sex and relationships and have the theory that they are not responsible for the emotional well being of those they encounter. Often there is a high rate of promiscuity in the form of one night stands, sex parties and many partners that come and go from the persons life.

Bionicgeek 12-12-2011 09:29 PM

I'm not sure about the promiscuity, as that entails to some degree not letting one's other partners know. Though the patterns you remark upon could be due to the overall sex positive mindset among the community and its overlap with the 'slut' culture, and other sub-cultural groups such as kink, geek and various historic counter-culture influences.

redpepper 12-12-2011 10:17 PM


Originally Posted by Bionicgeek (Post 115620)
I'm not sure about the promiscuity, as that entails to some degree not letting one's other partners know.

well that would be assusming ones poly is about having a primary partner and coming from coupledom first. That isn't the case for a lot of poly peoiple. Some people are poly singles dating opely and being honest about who they are involved with to everyone they date. Some are not dating persay but hanging out with like minded people and seeing who they end up with at the end of the night and calling it poly. Ya, sex positive, but all under the realm of poly rather than swinging or casual/sport sex. Feminists have several things to say about that from what I've read. It all crosses over. This is why I am wondering what the specifics are of your paper.

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