Define Your Relationships and Live Your Dream with Anita Wagner Illig
The times, they are a'changing, as Bob Dylan once sang.
At no time in the history of western culture have people demonstrated a greater desire to live their lives and shape their relationships on their own terms. This does not mean, however, that tradition is no longer valued. Many of us still prefer to incorporate aspects of tradition into our lives and our relationships. Yet so many of us also highly value personal autonomy, i.e. the right to self-determination. As we consider our options and the pros and cons of each, common questions include:
-Is monogamy for us? If so, why? What are the benefits, and how will we handle the challenges?
-Would we prefer to incorporate others into our intimate lives? If so, what would that look like?
-Do we want emotional and sexual monogamy that permits us to engage in BDSM activities with others? If so, what would *that* look like?
-Do we want emotional monogamy but sexual nonmonogamy/swinging? If so, what sexual practices and potential partners are OK? What and who are not?
-Do we want both emotional *and* sexual nonmonogamy, i.e. polyamory? If so, how do we decide who is an appropriate addition to the family and who isn't?
-Do we (or do we not) value legal marriage? If we do, how do we want our marriage to be structured and how will it operate, especially since we know that marriage no longer has to equal exclusivity? Are we willing to vow to be together 'til death do us part? If not, what *are* we willing to commit to within the bounds of matrimony?
-How do religion and spirituality influence our decisions and preferences with regard to marriage, if at all? What about non-legally binding commitment ceremonies and handfastings? What is their value, and why might we choose them over legal marriage?
These are just some of the many options available to us when we seriously and carefully reflect on what we want our relationships to look like and how they will operate. Come join the discussion as we explore together the many, many ways in which we can define our relationships and live our dreams.
Doors are at 6PM and the discussion will begin promptly at 6:30
*This event is 18+
*There WILL NOT be nudity
Anita Wagner Illig is a nationally recognized thought leader, media spokesperson and educator on the subject of non-traditional relationships and families. As a passionate educator and sexual freedom advocate, for more than 15 years Anita has assisted others in exploring an expanding array of family and relationship options. Her website, practicalpolyamory.com, offers a wide range of educational materials and handouts from programs she presents all over the U.S. on these subjects, as well as an abundance of other alternative relationship resources.
Anita is a faculty member at passionateU.com, kinkacademy.com, is a founding member of the Polyamory Leadership Network, and is an elite member of SPECTRA, a professional mentorship program for feminist sex positive educators, counselors, coaches, therapists, researchers, activists and advocates in the sexuality field. She has also served on boards of directors and acted as adviser to a variety of organizations that advocate for sexual freedom and relationship choice, including the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Loving More. She is presently a member of the Advisory Counsel of The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.
Atlas Theatre Actors Lobby Entrance (View)
1333 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|