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 “I’m in the Mood for Love.”
She surely had no idea what that notion might one day mean.
Contemporarily, it could call to a sexual threesome.
And not just for a night, but a lifetime.
That stalwart of sexual management — the American Psychological Association — is tryin’ to put you in the mood.
According to LifeSite News, the APA has formed a task force to study the benefits of “consensual non-monogamy.”
The goal, per the group’s site: to eradicate the world’s negative view toward gettin’ it on with a bunch of people as part of one’s romantic commitments.
As is the case with so many present societal upgrades, the move’s being made in the name of 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.
“Relationship anarchy” — sounds likes a delight.
Psychologists based at California universities are out to get rid of that Olde World malady: stigma.
And what’s the responsibility of a psychological association? In this case, 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
If you can turn from the anarchy of your sexual free-for-all long enough to take part in the study, you’ll need to agree with a series of statements.
- 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.).
A few years ago, some people claimed the redefinition 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.
That’s pure psychology.
Are you in the mood for love?
Relevant RedState links in this article: here, here, here, here, and here.
See 3 more pieces from me:
Beto Insists Central Americans Have ‘No Choice’ But To Attempt Illegal Immigration Because You Starved Them With Your ‘Excesses’
Charlottesville’s ‘Unite The Right’ Killer Gets Sentenced. Take A Look With Me At What We’ve Become & What Might Save Us
Almost In Time For Pride Month: The London Zoo Celebrates Gay Mating, Gay Animals, & Gay Parents
Find all my RedState work here.
And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.
Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below.
If you have an iPhone and want to comment, select the box with the upward arrow at the bottom of your screen; swipe left and choose “Request Desktop Site.” If it fails to automatically refresh, manually reload the page. Scroll down to the red horizontal bar that says “Show Comments.”