Critical polyamorist blog
Dear readers, I have done multiple podcast interviews in the last year or two on critical polyamory. I decided I should gather them together. Below are summaries and links for those that i can recall, most recent first. Readers are welcome to remind me of any links I might forget and I will add them to this post. Thank you all for reading. And happy listening!
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This is my most recent podcast interview, and one of the funn(i)est conversations I have had on this topic. This is the "Decolonizing Sex" Episode 5 of Adrienne Keene and Matika Wilbur's new podcast, "All My Relations." I loved laughing and talking with Adrienne and Matika, and thank them for having me on their beautifully produced podcast to talk about critical polyamory and relations of multiplicity. We also talked about social media and blogging as a feminist method of inquiry and, as Adrienne calls it, "consenting to learn in public." So there is a discussion too of feminist methods in this convo! We recorded this episode at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
Please listen to this episode at: https://soundcloud.com/patty-wbk/kim-tallbear
This episode of Medicine for the Resistance, "Reconstructing sexuality with Dr. Kim Tallbear" (Gender and Sexuality series), was recorded by phone (or Skype?). The embed code on the Soundcloud site doesn't seem to be working, but you can click on the episode title above and go right to this podcast.
Here is the episode description from the Medicine for the Resistance Soundcloud site.
Dr. Kim Tallbear joins M4R and challenges us to consider what it means to live out the words of Aileen Morton Robinson: "Be less possessive, and do something every single day to undermine the colonizer." Join us for a conversation about thinking beyond identity to what it means to live in good relation with all our relatives. The language of identity is necessary to address inequity but shifting the lens to consider what it means to live in good relationship allows us to move beyond these silos into living together. If we want to talk about decolonizing our lives, we need to think about being in good relation instead of seeking inclusion in the settler state.
This conversation touches on critical polyamory in a wide-ranging conversation about Indigenous citizenship and relationships with the Breakdances with Wolves team, Gyasi Ross, Wesley ("Snipes Type") Roach, and Minty LongEarth," a few Natives with opinions and a platform." i really enjoyed hanging out with them and their technical team on-air. Breakdances with Wolves is based in Seattle, Washington, USA.
This episode, "Identity, Sexuality, and Tipi Confessions," touches on identity--particularly related to the intersection of tribal citizenship, blood rules, and newer technologies of DNA testing as well as sexuality and intimate relationships. We recorded during the same week that I was in Seattle at the University of Washington as a decolonial ethics faculty member with the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING), the other main scholarly work that I do.
This episode 181 "Settler Sexuality with Dr. Kim TallBear." This conversation with the Multiamory Podcast produced by Emily Matlack, Dedeker Winston, and Jase Lindgren covers the basics of "settler sexuality" as i think about that in relationship to what I call "critical polyamory." We talked about how to create relationships and kinship networks beyond the confines of the definitions of appropriate sexuality and family forms imposed on Indigenous peoples and others by settler-colonialism.
This is episode 113 of my regular podcast, Media Indigena, "A Second Slide into Settler Sexuality."
Here is the full show description from Media Indigena site:
Saddle up for our Settler sexuality sequel! Building on last week’s exploration of how Settler norms impact Indigenous notions of intimacy and interpersonal connections, we more explicitly discuss the erotically infused insights of Mohawk/Tuscarora writer, poet and broadcaster Janet Rogers. Insights she shared with our own Kim TallBear (associate professor of Native Studies at the University of Alberta) at ConvergeCon, the annual conference working to build sex positive communities. Joining host Rick Harp to reflect on Kim and Janet's dialogue is Candis Callison, associate professor at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism.
This is episode 112 of my regular podcast, Media Indigena, "Settler Sexuality's Slipper Slope."
Here is the full show description from Media Indigena site:
On this week's roundtable: Settler Sexuality. A subject at the heart of two recent talks by our own Kim Tallbear (one at the sex-positive communities event ConvergeCon, the other at SoloPolyCon), we thought we'd use it as an opportunity to take a longer look at an often troubling and taboo topic. In particular, we discuss the insights of her keynote — "Yes, Your Pleasure! Yes, Self-love! And Don’t Forget, Settler Sex Is A Structure" — at the 2nd Annual Solo Polyamory Conference in Seattle, Washington.
An associate professor of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, Kim discussed her work at the MEDIA INDIGENA roundtable with host Rick Harp and Candis Callison, associate professor at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism.
Released November 2017, this episode of Feral Visions podcast, “Dr. Kim TallBear: Moving Beyond Settler (Colonial) Sexualities. is hosted by Anjaii Nathy Updhyay with Liberation Spring.
Here is the full show description from Feral Visions:
How did our ancestors practice relationships and sexuality prior to colonization? Learn from Dr. Kim TallBear about moving beyond settler colonial sexualities! What's a decolonial approach to the settler institution of monogamy? These are some of the topics we delve into.
"Just Pleasure" features sequential interviews with Dr. Sarah Hunt, me-- Dr. Kim TallBear (AKA the Critical Polyamorist), and Aishah Shahidah Simmons. This show is a collaboration between Full Circle and Liberation Spring. Featured guests are interviewed by Anjali Nath Upadhyay of Liberation Spring.
Here is the show description from Full Circle:
[Just a quick trigger warning: please be forewarned that this radio hour includes a discussion of colonization, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. Please take good care of yourself while you listen.]
Since the so-called sexual revolution, have we actually reached a -eh-hem- climax of sexual liberation? Might there still be unfinished work to do? Wouldn't sexual liberation require consent, decolonization & accountability? Let's find out. On this show, we will:
- Learn about the history of consent on this continent
- Move beyond the dominant understanding of sexuality in settler colonial culture
- And discuss loving with accountability.
Photo credit: Short Skirts and Cowgirl Boots by David Hensley
The Critical Polyamorist, AKA Kim TallBear, blogs & tweets about indigenous, racial, and cultural politics related to open non-monogamy. She is a prairie loving, big sky woman. She lives south of the Arctic Circle, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. You can follow her on Twitter @CriticalPoly & @KimTallBear