psychology: (noun) the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.
It’s been 84 years since Frances Langford sang the seminal “I’m in the Mood for Love.” On a cultural level, she surely had no idea what that notion might one day mean.
And what it means these days, in some cases — to put it bluntly — is a perpetual sexual threesome.
That’s a lot to manage.
But that stalwart of sexual management — the American Psychological Association — is tryin’ to put you in the mood.
According to LifeSite News, the APA has put together a task force to study the benefits of “consensual non-monogamy.”
The goal? As per the group’s website, it’s to eradicate the world’s negative view toward gettin’ it on with a bunch of people as part of one’s romantic commitments.
And as is the case with so many societal revolutions at present moment, the move’s being made in the name of that most victorious (and psychological?) of words — inclusivity:
The Task Force on Consensual Non-Monogamy promotes awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy and diverse expressions of intimate relationships. These include but are not limited to: people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical, non-monogamous relationships.
Sounds like a delight.
Psychologists based at — brace yourself…this one’s gonna be hard to believe — California universities — are out to get rid of that Olde World malady that has no place in contemporary nekkid endeavors: stigma.
What’s the responsibility of a psychological association? Why, it is, of course, advocacy:
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 goal of the task force is to generate research, create resources and advocate for the inclusion of consensual non-monogamous relationships in the following four areas:
- Basic and applied research
- Education and training
- Psychological practice
- Public interest
Yep — that’s called “psychology.”
If you can turn your attention away from the anarchy of your sexual free-for-all long enough to participate in the study, you need express agreement with a series of statements, including these:
- I support generating research and promoting awareness of issues facing individuals engaged in consensual non-monogamy with multiple marginalized identities.
- I support including consensual non-monogamy on healthcare provider locator websites/directories.
- I support including consensual non-monogamy as a legally protected class (i.e., to avoid discrimination in employment, housing, etc.).
Again — this the American Psychological Association.
As I stated previously:
“[I]t’s starting to seem that — whereas there were once entertainment and sports (here) and politics (here) and religion (here) and culture and education (here) — there are now instead woke politics and woke politics and woke politics and woke politics and woke politics and woke politics.”
Add to that medical and philosophical institutions.
A few years ago, some people claimed the redefining of marriage would bring about not one, but many alternatives. They weren’t wrong.
And the coolness of being poly is making its way to the eyes and ears of the cool kids.
Polyamory is gaining acceptance in popular culture. For instance, Teen Vogue — which is directed at girls 13 and over — recently had an extensive article about Willow Smith, daughter of singer Jada Pinkett Smith and actor Will Smith, who has declared herself polyamorous.
Admitting to occasions of past self-harm, the 18-year-old singer said she is equally attracted to men and women and averred that she would find fulfillment in a relationship with two other people. The arrangement is known as a “throuple.”
The Consensual Non-Monogamy crew isn’t the only APA task force. Consider its Religion and Spirituality Task Force, officially described as such:
The Task Force on Religion and Spirituality was created to encourage a confluence between sexual minority orientations and identities and religious experiences. It further attempts to create affirmation and acceptance for LGBT individuals of faith within theologically diverse ideological traditions. Given the importance of faith and even religious tradition in the lives of many LGBT individuals, the Committee seeks to reduce theological barriers often separating sexual minorities from the sources of their beliefs.
No woke politics involved there; that’s pure “psychology” — for those who love inclusivity.
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