For science!


Ryan G. Witherspoon, M.A., a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University (AIU) in Los Angeles, California, is conducting a survey on non-monogamous people and their perceptions of social stigma as part of a research project.  

According to the survey description, the purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between various factors regarding consensually non-monogamous relationships and the relationship participants’ experiences of stigmatization due to their relationship style or practices.  I took the survey myself, and Mr. Witherspoon seems pretty savvy to considering different poly makeups and different arenas where stigma surfaces.  

If you are non-monogamous, even if you are brand new or just considering it, I'd highly recommend you take the survey here.  It is completely anonymous, and you can opt-in to receive the results of the study, which is what I'm looking forward to the most.  

Side note: what's with calling all this hoopla "non-monogamy"?  I understand that the word "polyamory" is often misconstrued and used as an umbrella term for many different things, but I don't like defining something by what it is not. Like having a long-term relationship with your non-husband.  Have a blissful non-marriage and a very merry un-birthday while you're at it.