LOVE AND FREEDOM: TRANSCENDING MONOGAMY AND POLYAMORY
In Love and Freedom, Jorge N. Ferrer proposes a paradigm shift in how romantic relationships are conceptualized and lived, a step forward in the evolution of modern relationships. In the same way that the transgender movement surmounted the gender binary, Ferrer defines how a parallel step can—and should—be taken with the relational style binary.
This book offers the first systematic discussion of relationship modes beyond monogamy and polyamory, as well as introduces the notion of “relational freedom” as the capability to choose one’s relational style free from biological, psychological, and sociocultural conditionings.
After discussing the monopride/polyphobia and polypride/monophobia that shape the contemporary “mono–poly wars” (i.e., the predicament of mutual competition among monogamists and polyamorists), Ferrer articulates three relational pathways to living beyond the mono/poly binary: fluidity, hybridity, and transcendence. Moving beyond that binary opens a novel and plural relational field that Ferrer calls novogamy.
In this groundbreaking book, readers will learn practical tools to not only transform jealousy, but also enhance their relational freedom while being aware of key issues of diversity and social justice. They will also learn novel standards to evaluate the success of their intimate relationships, and be introduced to a transformed vision of romantic love beyond both monocentrism and emerging polynormativities.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Relational Freedom and the Crisis of Modern Relationships
Mononormativity, Polypride, and the “Mono–Poly Wars”
Sympathetic Joy: Beyond Jealousy, Toward Relational Freedom
The Dawn of Transbinary Relationships
Relational Freedom and the Transformation of Intimate Relationships
Coda: After Covid-19
Appendix I: Ten Theses on Intimate Relationships
Appendix II: The Alpha Male Versus the Omega Man