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Gaia and the New Politics of Love: Notes for a Poly Planetby Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio
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***WINNER, 2010 Nautilus Silver Book Award - Cosmology/New Science
Gaia theory argues that the flora and fauna of the planet operate in a self-regulating web that keeps the worldlivable. According to the theory, humankind is the most powerful species in this web and also its biggest threat. This provocative book explores ways to minimize and ultimately eliminate this threat with love and intimacy.Controversial Italian author Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio has authored the first global ecology study based on an analysis of human health. Anderlini-D'Onofrio identifies her remedy within the context ofGaia theory, re-envisioning it as a more inclusive philosophy that positively impacts not only relationships, but world ecology under duress. The author links human sexuality to the global ecosystem, claiming that freedomfrom fear will stimulate a holistic health movement powerful enough to heal relationships and restore planetary balance.
Gaia and the New Politics of Love is bracing in its range, weaving together issues of human and global health; the relationship of politics, sexuality, and ecology; practices and styles of love; the changing roles of eroticism and gender in our lives; and polyamory, bisexuality, and the AIDS reappraisal movement.
Clarification Statement from the Author
The argument of this book emphasizes the arts of loving as a way to help humanity make peace withour hostess Gaia, the third planet. Some of these arts involve sharing emotional resources and amorous partners.
Often, the arts of loving require the use of barriers: mechanical protections such ascondoms. At times they do not because only tantric energies are exchanged. The author of this book is persuaded that barriers are recommendable when sexual practices result in the exchange of deep body fluids, unlessprevious fluid-bonding arrangements have been made. The author is also persuaded that good practices of holistic health contribute to strengthening the immune systems of those who engage in the arts ofloving.
Safety practices are important in making the arts of loving healthy regardless of what factors are involved in the syndromes most prevalent today, including AIDS and other conditions in the STDspectrum. Historically, disagreement has moved knowledge forward: Today's science is the result of yesterday's disagreements and controversies. The author believes in critical thinking and she respectsdissidence in science today, including Gaia science, reappraisals of AIDS, and holistic medicine. She hopes her readers will be open to hearing more than one side of a story.
This statement and thecontents of this book do not constitute medical advice in any way. Readers are invited to consult their own healers and health care providers.
Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, PhD
Author ofGaia and the New Politics of Love
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, March 2010
Blog: http: //polyplanet.blogspot.com/
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Written from a sex-positive, ecofeminist perspective, Gaia and the New Politics of Love is the first study of love and life that brings together sexuality and global ecology in a comprehensive theoretical analysis of world health"--Provided by publisher.
About the Author
Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio was the keynote speaker at the 2007 conference of the World Polyamory Association and the 2007 Loving-More conference. She serves on the board of several professional journals, including Nebula and Journal of Gender Studies. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including Women’s Studies International Forum and VIA: Voices in Italian Americana. She lives in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.
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