Besides reading books, I like to keep up with some magazines. I’ve found that subscribing to my favorite magazines is a good deal because you save money and there is something to greet you in your mailbox besides bills. I’d like to share with you a few recent articles in magazines that I’ve found enlightening.
In the current Smithsonian magazine’s January – February issue, the cover story pertains to an issue dear to my heart. Some unethical people in Africa are raising lions in captivity specifically to be hunted for trophies. The article is entitled “Born To Be Hunted,” and is illuminating, if distressing. I love reading about the big cats, especially prides of lions. Please become informed on this controversy to help protect them!
Then, in the current issue of Time magazine, Jan. 30 – Feb. 6, there are two articles of interest for me. One is “Dangerous Quest for Identity” which I found enlightening, but the cover story hit even closer to home for me. It’s called “Quiet Down! The World Is Filled with Overtalkers.” I’m smiling as I share with you that in my personal life, I am rather reserved and soft-spoken, I don’t overshare there, as I often do here! I found it interesting and think that you will, too.
I would not have devoted a post to this topic if not for this next article. I don’t receive Vogue magazine in the mail, I have to check-out issues from my local library. In a back issue, published in April of 2022, I found a fascinating piece that I’d like to discuss in depth. It is entitled “The More the Merrier?” and focuses upon Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM). This is a new name for what I thought of as “swinging,” having sex and a relationship with other people while married. As the article states, this is supposed to be more “honest, moral, and trustworthy, like an open-relationship in this age where conscious uncoupling takes divorce further.” By being discussed and agreed upon, it is supposed to avoid the problem of jealousy. Indeed, it is supposed to inspire the opposite of jealousy, “compersion,” which is the pleasure at the thought of your partner’s pleasure.
Without knowing that it was a thing, a movement with a name, this is what was bouncing around in my brain when Robert asked me to marry him. I love him passionately; he fulfills all my wants and needs. EXCEPT that I have this itching curiosity to continue exploring bisexuality with another woman. I do not intend to have serial relationships with women. I would like to find one woman who clicks with me homosexually in the same marvelous way that Robert does for me heterosexually. I want to explore switching with her, I have the burning desire to discipline a receptive woman for the first time, as well as explore the familiar territory of being Topped (to see if it’s different enough from what I already have to be worth making it a regular part of my diet) by her (oh, as well as the lesbian sex). I voiced all of this to Robert before saying, “YES!” He supports this exploration. He says that he has no desire to reciprocate by exploring with anyone else. I do not know if this is possible, if it will strengthen or hurt our bond. To the degree that is comfortable, I will continue to share with you how things evolve. Please check-out this article, if interested, for all the underpinnings on nuanced meaning that I did not mention.
Besides the aforementioned, I regularly read magazines like Vanity Fair, Bon Appetit, People, Garden & Gun, Consumers Report, National Geographic… What magazines do you read? Are there magazines that are popular in Europe (for my international readers) that you read? I’m familiar with Der Spiegel; is it still published?