DERI, Jillian

Author Tags: Non-Fiction

If you want to really upset most people, try defending polyamorists. They are the razor thin segment of society that practice consensual non-monogamy. In the Sixties and Seventies, the term for it was usually an 'open marriage' and such experiments rarely endured. Times have changed. And there are growing numbers of people who are seeking ways to manage jealousy, inside and outside of formal marriage. Some will strive to take pleasure in a lover's other sexual encounters. Jillian Deri has interviewed lesbian and bisexual polyamorous women for Love’s Refraction: Jealousy and Compersion in Queer Women's Polyamorous Relationships (UTP 2015). She focusses on the concept of “compersion” – taking pleasure in a lover’s other romantic relations - while exploring how and why polyamory challenges emotional and sexual norms. Jillian Deri received a Ph.D in Sociology from Simon Fraser University and lives in Vancouver.


Love’s Refraction: Jealousy and Compersion in Queer Women’s Polyamorous Relationships (University of Toronto, 2015) $21.95 9781442628694

[BCBW 2015] "Sociology" "Gender Studies"