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The Ethical Slut Read-Along: Introduction

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The cover of the second edition of The Ethical Slut

The Ethical Slut Read-along Table of Contents

As I announced yesterday, I’m going to be doing a read-along of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy. This will be my first time reading the second edition of the book, and I will be writing chapter by chapter (or section by section for longer chapters) my thoughts on the book, on polyamory, and reflect on how my own experiences compare to what I am reading.

I’m beginning the project after Christmas. I hope that some of my readers will be moved to re-read the book along with me. I’ll be posting an entry 1 or 2 times per week, each one covering one chapter or section of the book. In the first week we’ll just be covering my own background and the first, very short chapter of the book. If you still need to find a copy or you simply don’t have any time between Christmas & New Years, you will have plenty of time to catch up.

Whether you read the book with me or not — or even if you’ve never read it at all — I still want to hear your comments, thoughts and stories in response to each entry. I’ve made it as easy as possible to leave a comment on my blog. You don’t need to register for any accounts or involve Facebook or any other sites. You don’t even need to include your name or email address. Anonymous comments may end up in my spam queue for moderation, but I typically check this page multiple times a day.

In the next, much longer entry I’m going to talk a little about myself — my relationship with polyamory and how I came to first read The Ethical Slut. Look for it next week!


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  • I’m looking forward to this! I just have to figure out to whom I lent my copy.

    • Kit

      Thanks. You have a few days to figure it out. I need to dig up one of my copies of the first edition, actually, in case I want to compare.

  • Also, I just told my poly group about this, so you may get an influx of readers. :)

    • Kit

      That’s fabulous! The more the merrier!

  • Super cool idea. I will certainly be checking in to see your thoughts as you go through the chapters.
    I read the original back when it came out, I should probably read the updated version.

  • I just lent my copy to one of my poly group members, but I’m looking forward to reading what one of my favourite ethical sluts has to say! ;)

    • Kit

      Thanks, Kiki! I hope you’ll give me your input on the book especially since it sounds like you have some misgivings about it.

  • Megan M.

    This book simply cannot be read too many times or spread too far. Thanks for helping it out. It’s a favorite of mine, as you may already be aware!

    • Kit

      Thanks Megan! I’m a big fan too. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the book — and those of people who aren’t as big fans as us too. The read-along begins today, I hope you’ll join in!

  • cactus

    I know I’m a little late joining the party but I’m currently reading this book and have been looking for something like this to accompany the book. I’m looking forward to following along your posts as I progress in the book. Thank you for this. And thank you for this wonderful site.

    • Kit

      @cactus: Welcome and thanks for commenting. Feel free to leave your thoughts on any entries you find thought provoking as you read. I check all my comments and reply whenever I can. Also, if you are on FetLife there is an often lively discussion of new chapters in the Kinky & Poly Group there.

  • cactus

    Thanks Kit. And of course I’m fet. Isn’t everyone? LOL. I will definitely check out that discussion. Have a great day.

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