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Hi, I'm Gem! Join me as I chat to queer folks and allies about self-empowerment, body liberation and activism. My guests are at the forefront of change-making, working in areas like fat activism, sex positivity, intersectional feminism, drag/cabaret, LGBTQ+ activism and children's rights. I'm a transformational coach, activist and founder of the Queers & Co. zine, podcast and community. Through my work, I support LGBTQ+ folks and allies to reclaim their personal power and take up space so th ...
 
A comedy chat show hosted by award-winning comedian, author and accidental relationship guru Rosie Wilby. She and a rotating cast of her acclaimed performer pals look back at their best and worst romantic breakup stories. Tragedy plus time equals comedy, right? The Breakup Monologues was initially developed as part of a multi-platform project supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The music used in the series is Hackbeat Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creativ ...
 
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Rosie investigates the future of breakups. She speaks to author of The Future of Seduction and cultural critic Mia Levitin, who re-entered the dating game after divorcing in her thirties... and found that dating really had become a game. They discuss ghosting, the paradox of choice, video dating and robot companions. Rosie also chats to award-winni…
 
Anxiety that's so overwhelming can make you feel like non-monogamy isn't for you at the time. That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on our website. Discussion Topic - What is your ideal living situation? With or without partners? How would you organise your space? Music for this…
 
This week, I’m joined by Adele Jarrett-Kerr; a mother, writer, home educator and breastfeeding counsellor, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, now living in Cornwall. Adele also works with her family’s small, regenerative farm near Falmouth and hosts a podcast about human connection called Revillaging. Join us as we talk about the importance of de…
 
When you don't want to be polyamorous anymore and you're considering therapy to convert yourself back. That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on our website. Discussion Topic - What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from previous relationships? Music for this podcast has been …
 
To launch this brand new season, Rosie investigates and celebrates singledom. She speaks to Scummy Mummies podcaster Helen Thorn, who found herself suddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage just as the U.K. went into lockdown. Helen entered a sort of ‘separation boot camp’, filled with sad songs and sneaky fags at the back of the garden, i…
 
This week, I’m joined by Katy Lees (they/them), a queer writer and psychotherapist from the North East of England. They can be found writing therapy tips, poetry, anti-oppression rants, short stories, and more. They are currently writing a good mental health guide for trans and non-binary people, to be published soon by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.…
 
I’m joined by researcher and former professor Dr. Lindo Bacon (they/them) for a special two part episode. For nearly two decades they have taught courses in social justice, health, weight and nutrition. They are also the author of Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, and co-authored Body Respect: What Conventional Health Bo…
 
I’m joined again by researcher and former professor Dr. Lindo Bacon (they/them). In this very special follow up recording, Lindo and I reflect on our experience of recording part one. We talk about the power of letting go of perfectionism, connecting with each other from a place of vulnerability and the gift of feeling into our bodies during conver…
 
In this episode, I’m joined by Spiritual Healer, Body Positivity Advocate, poet and artist, Jade Elouise (Bodiposipoet). Her activism, creative outlets and spiritual work all centre around advocating for social justice, equality and equity for marginalised bodies on a systemic level, while also promoting self-healing and self-acceptance on a person…
 
Your partner expects you to commit to monogamy eventually but you're not sure if you've ever been in love. That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on our website. Discussion Topic - If you were to get a job offer in another country, how would your relationships change? Music for t…
 
In this episode, I’m joined by Rubyyy Jones (they/them), an artist, performer and space maker who specialises in the body, the bawdyyy and deep feels. As an artist they work in live art, photography and film, creating a spectrum of experiences from silly to sublime. They are an icon in the world's of Drag, Burlesque and Cabaret and a Mxther and men…
 
A partner comes to you asking if you'd consider monogamy and then changes their mind later on, but you're still stuck on wanting it. What do you do? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on our website. Discussion Topic - What is the one behaviour you do not tolerate? Music for …
 
Is 18 months enough time to give someone to decide if they want polyamory? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - What's your love language? Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Albery-Jones at albery-jones.com and the art was made by D…
 
Should you judge a guy who says that all men want a harem of submissive women? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - If you could create your ideal p*rn, what would it look like? Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Albery-Jones at alb…
 
How worried should you be about STI risk as an immunocompromised person? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - Why do you think your parents are the way they are? What were the pressures and difficulties they were under? Music for this podcast has …
 
What resources are available for someone who asks about dating a sex worker? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - What do you blame your parents for? Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Albery-Jones at albery-jones.com and the art wa…
 
What happens when you struggle to find partners but your domestic partner does not? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - What often impairs your decision making process? Lack of confidence, impatience desire to please, overexcitement… Music for th…
 
What happens when our biggest fear is losing our current relationship? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - In your worst fears, what might your colleagues at work be criticising you for behind your back? Music for this podcast has been provided b…
 
When you've conceded to many rules but your partner demands you dump another, what do you do? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - What do you most regret so far? Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Albery-Jones at albery-jones.com a…
 
In trying establish rules, does that make you less “ready” for non-monogamy or polyamory? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - List the now guilt inducing occasions when you were especially mean to certain people. Music for this podcast has been p…
 
What if you're struggling to see the relationship you have as valid if they're married to someone else? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - if a really kind person wanted to praise me, they'd say, if a really tough person assessed me, they'd say.…
 
Is it possible to build a new primary relationship on top of an existing, serious secondary relationship? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - If someone likes me, I feel... Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Albery-Jones at albery-…
 
Do titles matter when one partner asks for exclusive time? And an important commentary for all listeners. That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Please visit @NonMonogamyHelp and view our post here: https://twitter.com/NonMonogamyHelp/status/1267089826492428288…
 
While the Breakup Monologues team await the return of live shows, Rosie presents a few highlights from episodes recorded in 2019 at Kings Place and Port Eliot Festival. Featuring Miranda Sawyer, Carly Smallman, Nat Luurtsema, Kate Leaver and Abigail Tarttelin on sexual health misdiagnosis mishaps, friendship breakups and much more. If you listen to…
 
Your partner doesn't want to try polyamory because they are afraid to lose you. How do you move forward from that? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - Over the last five years, how do you think you have changed? Music for this podcast has been pr…
 
What happens when you feel stuck in the middle of your partner and their metamour? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - What should a healthy relationship provide for the people who are in it? Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Albe…
 
If you fell for someone at work and they’re now off limits, should you keep pushing it? Is your partner giving you an unfair veto? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - What are you addicted to? Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Alb…
 
In this bonus episode, Rosie is joined by comedian and podcaster Kate Cheka to discuss how social distancing and lockdown are affecting the dating scene in Berlin and what happens when you move in with someone you’ve only just met. If you listen to The Breakup Monologues, please go to www.podcastviews.com and fill in the short survey. You could win…
 
In the second part of a special mini season, Rosie hears your stories about the ways in which drugs we currently take (such as SSRI antidepressants, contraceptive pills and recreational drugs like alcohol) are influencing our romantic choices and asks whether you would ever take a love drug. Contributors include comedian Kate Smurthwaite, author Ab…
 
You’re trying polyamory but you’re struggling with discomfort every time your partner shows interest in someone else. Does this mean it’s not for you? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to comm…
 
In this episode of Queers & Co., I’m joined by Lola Phoenix, a queer, non-binary disabled American living in the UK. Lola writes and produces a weekly advice column and podcast called Non-Monogamy Help as well as writing on social justice topics from gender to disability to poverty. We chat about so much juicy stuff, including how labels and identi…
 
In this episode of Queers & Co., I’m joined by Cynthia Rodriguez, a Mexican-British writer and performer who is constantly experimenting with the possibilities of spoken word. They are international, intersectional and interdisciplinary. We chat about being an Anglophile, the reality of life in the UK compared to the image of Cool Britannia, racism…
 
In the first part of a special mini season, Rosie is joined by Brian D. Earp, author of Love is the Drug, to discuss the ways in which drugs we currently take (such as SSRI antidepressants, contraceptive pills and recreational drugs like alcohol) are influencing our romantic choices. How could SSRIs and MDMA be used either to help us stay in a long…
 
In this episode of Queers & Co., I’m joined by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning playwright/performer with seven solo shows under her belt but perhaps best known as the founder of Smut Slam, a global network of community dirty-storytelling events. We chat about becoming an activist in the mid-80s, the power of learning to dance later in life, sex pos…
 
If you've replaced your partner's primary, how do you stop caring that you'll be replaced too? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - What was the first thing you bought with your own money? Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Albery-J…
 
In this episode of Queers & Co., I’m joined by Imogen Fox, a queer Disabled femme who serves up radical body politics, anti-diet talk and non-judgemental compassion. We chat about Imogen’s first foray into disability rights activism as a teen, the trauma of eating rice cakes and cottage cheese and being indoctrinated into diet culture by those clos…
 
In this episode of Queers & Co., I’m joined by autism and neurodiversity support specialist, speaker, writer and creator of inTune Families, Kristy Forbes. We chat about embracing autism as an identity and culture rather than a disorder, moving away from pathologising behaviour, the importance of being able to self-identify as neurodivergent, the d…
 
Can opening a relationship prevent cheating from ever happening? That's what's on this week's episode of Non-Monogamy Help. Find the full audio transcription of this episode on Patreon. Discussion Topic - What's some of the best advice you've ever gotten? Music for this podcast has been provided by Chris Albery-Jones at albery-jones.com and the art…
 
Rosie is joined by comedians Chris Neill and Faye Treacy to discuss glasses, exploding bras, looking for a dog after a breakup, being dumped while on a flight to New York to see your lover, dating apps, unrequited love, growing up queer and giving up drinking. Recorded at Poplar Union on Feb 13 2020. The next London live recordings are at Kings Pla…
 
In this episode of Queers & Co., I’m joined by Lady Blue Phoenix, burlesque performer and member of the Rock with the Foxes troupe. When on stage, she's been described as a force of nature! We chat about Columbia - the long-forgotten personification of the USA, our power to make social change, creating safer spaces in burlesque, learning to live wi…
 
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