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About the author:
Journalist Amy Gahran lives in Boulder, Colorado. Her journalism has appeared in, and many other venues, mostly covering energy, the environment, mobile technology and business. She worked closely for many years with the Society of Environmental Journalists. For the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation, she covered emerging local news media. And for the Poynter Institute, she covered the intersection of journalism and technology.

Amy has also engaged in unconventional relationships since 2001. From 2012-15 she published the blog using the pen name Aggie Sez - which has since stuck as a nickname. She published that blog until 2015. One blog post, "Riding the Relationship Escalator, or Not?" (Nov. 29, 2012) attracted attention well beyond the poly community. This sparked the "Off the Escalator" publishing project, through which over 1500 individuals so far have shared their unconventional relationship experience.

Amy speaks at conferences and events on unconventional relationships and other topics.

Stepping Off the Relationship Escalator

Uncommon Love and Life

Authored by Amy Gahran

Love is not one-size-fits-all, yet often people assume that healthy, serious relationships all must follow the same basic path.

The "Relationship Escalator" is society's bundle of customs for intimate relationships: monogamy, living together, marriage and more, ideally until death do you part. Beyond this, it might not be obvious what your options are.

This book will help you:
- Discover less common relationship options that might suit you.
- Understand why and how people have unconventional relationships.
- Empower you to negotiate about how your relationships work.
- Overcome the fear that loving differently means you're doing it wrong.
- Make the world a friendlier, safer place for more paths to love.

Featuring real stories and insights from hundreds of people, "Stepping Off the Relationship Escalator" explores consensual nonmonogamy, love without living together, deep connections that pause and resume, and much more. The first in a series of research-based books, this introduction to relationship diversity is both accessible and surprising.


Publication Date:
0998647012 / 9780998647012
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Family & Relationships / Love & Romance

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