Monogamish Movie Cast As Trendsetters Of Alternative Relationships. Part III

In 2014, Tao Ruspoli announced his upcoming Monogamish, a documentary arranged as a series of interviews. On October 13, 2017, Monogamish premiered to the USA audience, and the first reviews are already here. 

All the film's characters advocate for a world of sex and intimate relationships. They are bloggers, therapists, professors, authors, and lawyers. In fact, these are people who have been changing the world by embedding their sex-positive ideas.

This is the third and final article dedicated to the 18 characters of the Monogamish movie. The first piece introduced Tao Ruspoli, Dan Savage, Esther Perel, Christopher Ryan, and Alexi Wasser. The focus of the second one was Neil Strauss, Stephanie Coontz, Judith Stacey, Diana Adams, John P. Barlow, Debra Berger, and Claudia Ruspoli.

The third part will talk about Stephanie Johnstone, Eric Berkowitz, Eric Anderson, Susan Block, and Tamera Free Love Community. You’ll learn about their contribution to a sex-positive future: their booksblogs, articles, radio-podcastsvideos, and even songs.

Who are the sex-positive people of the Monogamish movie?

Stephanie Johnstone: a polyamorous music composer

A non-binary multi-instrumental composer, singer, and music director. Former Christian-fundamentalist, Stephanie is polyamorous. Additionally, they:

  • compose music, including operas;
  • have released an album called Love Songs For The Rest Of Us;
  • have organized a New York-based Full Moon choir that brings together people of different orientations;
  • are a co-founder of Sex For Smart People podcast;
  • have allied with TORCH, Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and the Planned Parenthood Activist Council—you may find a good deal of their interviews published;
  • have co-founded a project that involves SexEd and relationships improvement;
  • masterminded the Kinkedln app.

More of Stephanie’s biography can be found on their personal website. If you prefer to hear their works, this is the source.

Eric Berkowitz: suggests we pay more attention to sexual desires

After 20 years of practice as a trial counselor, Berkowitz abandoned a law career to study at USC Annenberg School for Communication. He became absorbed in investigating sex and wrote a slew of articles on the subject. Finally, he completed Sex and Punishment—a bestseller by Berkowitz that deals with the centuries-long condemnation of desire.

This is actually the book that the director of Monogamish holds on the film main poster. After publishing the book, Berkowitz returned to legal studies. Yet he has changed his domain and now handles cases of home violence and the protection of queer people. He has written another book, in which he documents about the boundaries of desires, the law, self-identity, and good sex.

Eric Anderson: a sex-positive professor

Eric is a member of the International Academy Of Sex Research. He is a recognized expert with degrees in the spheres of healthcare, psychology, and sociology. He both teaches and consults. He is the author of 16 books on homophobia, homohysteria in gays, negative aspects of the sport, and the infeasibility of monogamy. He has also written an autobiography and runs a blog on Psychology Today.

Eric is a fixture on radio shows, and his articles are featured in top-ranked media. He wrote The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating published by Oxford University Press—a book in which he asserts deception to be a rational response to an ill-founded cultural standard of monogamy.

He investigates the way homophobic culture affects bisexual people and studies the specifics of team sports. He blames sport for its gender binarism and transphobia. Professor Anderson’s detailed biography can be found on the website of Winchester University.

Doctor Susan Block: a master hand in sex therapy

A sexologist who authored five books, she also acts as a

  • film director;
  • sex-therapist;
  • TV-show host and
  • cultural commentator;

Her Ten Commandments of Pleasure have been translated into 11 languages. Her writings about sex, love, politics, and culture can be found in top-ranked media sources and on her own website, Dr. Susan Block’s Journal. She has contributed to Wiley Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Susan is known to follow the philosophy of ethical hedonism. She started the Block Bonobo Foundation and promotes the concept of “Pleasure Sex”: sex meant for pleasure, not just reproduction. She also acted in The A-Z of Fetish.

Susan’s doctoral thesis delves deeply into the subject of “Being A Woman: A Philosophical Analysis of Four Aspects of Female Psychology.” She’s been granted an honorary doctorate from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She runs a private practice in her established Dr. Susan Block Institute.

Her film studio shoots Sex & Fetish series of video-encyclopedia entries that feature pieces like “Vibrator and other lovers,” “Luscious Cunnilingus,” “Sex Heals,” and others. Her film The Secrets of Female Ejaculation premiered at Barcelona Erotic Film Festival and CineKink film festival in New York.

Dr. Block has been married to Maximillian R. Lobkowicz for more than 20 years. Their bacchanalian parties have become eminent. Together they represent erotic art galleries, Dr. Suzy's Speakeasy SexEd salons, and the project Bonoboville.

Tamera Free Love Communitythe community of free relationships

Tamera is a peace research center and eco-settlement founded by Sabine Lichetenfels and Dieter Duhm. The community “parents” wrote books that explain their ideas.

Tamera pursues ecological, technological, and social research to develop models of the future. They want to change cultural habits that have resulted in global wars and violence. They have develop a non-forcible societal model that necessitates global cooperation between people and a harmonious alliance with animals and nature.

Learn the difference between monogamy, monogamish, and open relationships in the article Monogamish vs Open Relationship. What is the Difference?

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