What They’re Reading: Dr. Ken Haslam

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Book recommendations from experts in the fields of sexuality, gender, health, science and relationships.

Dr. Kenneth Haslam with Kinsey Librarian Liana Zhou.

Photo: Herbert Ascherman, Jr.

Dr. Kenneth Haslam with Kinsey Librarian Liana Zhou.

Dr. Kenneth Haslam recommends, Swinging in America: Love, Sex, and Marriage in the 21st Century, by Curt Bergstrand and Jennifer Sinski

“The practice and understanding of consensual multipartnering (Polyamory — nonmonogamy) continues to spread. In order to understand Polyamory you first have to understand compulsory monogamy to appreciate why it is not working for so many. Curt Bergstrand and Jennifer Sinski, academic sociologists provide a delightful deconstruction of monogamy in their 2010 book Swinging in America. It is a must read for all students and therapists who practice sex and marriage therapy. Don’t let the title fool you into thinking this is some trashy piece on swinging — the title is badly chosen. This is a first rate scholarly and penetrating look at the Sacred Cow of monogamy and why, for some, alternatives like swinging and Polyamory are a good choice. A major problem in marriage therapy today is that so many therapists are NOT trained in Polyamory and its variants. This book is a good start on providing balance between the old compulsory monogamy and new fluid monogamy. The best part is the last half.”

Dr. Haslam is the founder of the Kenneth R. Haslam Collection on Polyamory at the Kinsey Institute library.

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