We at Feral Attraction were very pleased to receive a substantial amount of listener response after our inaugural episode this week. While much of this feedback was positive, we did receive some criticisms that it is important we address.
Firstly, we received some feedback that we were dismissive of monogamy on the podcast. While we don't feel that we were in fact dismissive, we would like to emphasize (1) that monogamy is a valid choice that works for many people, and (2) that in no way are other, non-traditional relationship structures superior. Each relationship structure comes with its own benefits and challenges, and no one structure can suit every individual. That being said, it is true that traditional monogamy is not a focus of our advice column or podcast, and the reason for this is that 98 percent of the relationship advice that currently exists is directed at couples in traditional, closed relationships. We feel that the furry community is uniquely enriched with individuals either dedicated to or experimenting with non-traditional relationship styles, and it is these individuals whom we would like to serve here at Feral Attraction. Of course, much of the advice we give will apply equally to traditional, closed relationships — topics such as non-violent communication strategies, coping with jealousy, and recovering from a breach of trust can be relevant no matter what relationship structure you might involve yourself in. We certainly welcome questions and feedback from all members of the furry community, including those in traditional relationships, and we will gladly address issues that are unique to monogamous relationships if these issues are brought up to us. Both Metriko and myself have been in monogamous relationships, and we know what it is like.
Secondly, it was brought to our attention that we did not address people on the asexuality spectrum on our first episode. This omission was not meant to indicate that we do not respect or do not care about the unique relationship issues faced by asexual and graysexual individuals. As questions are brought to our attention that deal with asexuality and graysexuality, we will be happy to address them to the best of our ability.
On a final note: We love discussing things; that’s why we started this podcast. We want your input, questions, concerns, and recommendations. If we never learn from what our listeners have to say, we wouldn’t be very good hosts. Just as in a relationship, we should be willing to listen, discuss, and improve. We welcome our listeners to contact us with anything they’d like us to address; however, please keep the tone of your feedback civil, constructive, and respectful. Personal attacks on our hosts are unnecessary and fail to move the discourse forward in any useful way. Thank you in advance for showing us the respect that you would like to receive from us!