Welcome back to my playground, Lexual fiends and friends.
I have yet another saucy podcast episode for all of you!
It's also super entertaining because Cooper S. Beckett is just naturally hilarious — and also damn intelligent. It's a fantastic combination because I really give him lots of leeway to rant and do his thing in this episode.
We start off talking about his own personal journey from monogamy to consensual non-monogamy, specifically, swinging. It's deeply moving because I think a lot of folks can identify with the way Cooper describes himself as feeling, which is what prompted the move to non-monogamy in the first place. Ah, I love origin stories like his!
Cooper and I also talk about things like how to talk to your monogamous partner about entering the lifestyle, and some of the challenges that are bound to come with making that transition.
We also explore how the swinging, polyamorous, and LGBTQ+ communities intersect and some of the friction that has arisen in his own life by virtue of identifying as both a bisexual male and a swinger. He also addresses how swingers can be more inclusive of bisexual men in the lifestyle (because yes, as I've mentioned in several other podcasts, this double standard exists, and it's super unfair and ridiculous).
Cooper is also the author of a bunch of fantastic books, including a new collection of horror books, including his new book, Osgood Riddance (available for pre-sale now and on sale as of October 1st!). Something he does differently as a fiction writer (which I love) is featuring representations of characters of different genders, sexual orientations, and relationship styles... but making sure that the story doesn't revolve solely around these attributes. He also has some ideas about how other writers and media can and should have characters that are more representative of real-life human beings!
So our podcast is really quite a collection of thoughts and rants from both of us about the way society is, our feelings and experiences within the lifestyle, and what we hope and envision a more ideal world to be.