S5E10 – Poly For The Holidays Part 2: Letting People Go

In this second part of their holiday themed episode, Jenn and Daren talk about the importance of chosen family, and not just for queer communities. With Jenn’s partner Jamelle as a guest, they share how they celebrated the holiday season together as a poly family.

In survey after survey, it shows that people, especially younger generations, are increasingly dreading going to family events. And some of the prime reasons for this are ideological differences and offensive lines of questioning. If the point of family holiday gatherings is togetherness, why do over half of Gen-Zers report having a heated argument at them? The trio share the circumstances of them having to “release people” and how fulfilling alternative celebrations have been in their lives. Moving away from traditional family and traditional structures can be difficult, but they stress how much better it was to center their own joy and happiness. It also creates an opportunity to honor the traditions that are meaningful and to build new ones.

They close things out by looking ahead and choosing a word that describes how they are moving forward into 2024.

Reference Material:
PREORDER Black Women Taught Us: An Intimate History of Black Feminism by Jenn M. Jackson PhD – https://amzn.to/3N5m4Yg
Set Boundaries, Find Peace, The Set Boundaries Workbook 2 Books Collection Set By Nedra Glover Tawwab – https://amzn.to/47Frf9U
What ‘Chosen Family’ Means — and How to Build Your Own – https://www.healthline.com/health/relationships/chosen-family
More than 1 in 3 Gen Zers are choosing friends over family this holiday season – https://fortune.com/well/2023/12/13/1-in-3-gen-z-friends-family-holiday-season-avoid-drama-key/amp/
Survey: Nearly 85% of Americans avoid family over the holidays – https://www.usatoday.com/money/blueprint/travel-insurance/holiday-traditions/
5 Unexpected Insights About People Who Celebrate Friendsgiving – https://civicscience.com/5-Unexpected-Insights-About-People-Who-Celebrate-Friendsgiving

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