The American Psychological Association has established a task force on “consensual non-monogamy,” an effort they say is necessary in order to reduce “stigma” on persons who practice polyamory.
“Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience. However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all. This task force seeks to address the needs of people who practice consensual non-monogamy, including their intersecting marginalized identities,” the website for the task force of the APA’s Division 44 explains.
The work of the task force, which is led by psychology Ph.D.’s who are based in California universities, promotes “awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy and diverse expressions of intimate relationships.”
Division 44 of the APA is the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.
No date is given for when this particular task force began but a Facebook page for the task force was started in April of last year. Sources told CP the initiative has been active for a while. Another current APA task force that is part of Division 44 is the Religion and Spirituality Task Force, which states that one of its goals is to seek “to reduce theological barriers often separating sexual minorities from the sources of their beliefs.”
Among the expressions of sexuality that appear to fall under the consensual non-monogamy umbrella, according to the task force website, are polyamory, swinging, “open” relationships, something called “relationship anarchy” and other kinds of “ethical” non-monogamous relationships.
One of the co-chairs of the task force is a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. The bio of the executive assistant for the task force is a graduate student whose research interests include “sexuality, pleasure, kink, and consensual non-monogamy” and plans to create a “sex-positive, kink-aware practice to serve marginalized communities.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter