FA 099.5 Active Listening and Maintaining Empathy

Hello everyone!

We open this week's show with a discussion of our panel at TFF. We then launch into a conversation about a recent article from The New York Times Magazine about how porn might be causing harm in the approach teenagers have toward sexual encounters. We discuss whether porn should be expected to be educational and how to consume porn intelligently.

Our main topic is on Active Listening and Maintaining Empathy. We've had many episodes on how to use non-violent communication. This is only half of the equation, and that you must employ active listening skills in order to maintain empathy and find a way to bridge the divide between perspectives. We also talk about the terrifying concept that we as people can be fallible and oftentimes are the ones who are causing stress in a relationship, and how we can employ active listening to lower our barriers and identify ways to communicate and reciprocate everyone's wants and needs in a relationship.

We close out the show with a question on anal — a top is concerned with the amount of Santorum produced when he has sex with his fuckbuddy. How can he talk to his friend with benefits about douching before dicking?

For more information, including a list of topics, see our Show Notes for this episode.

Thanks and, as always, be well!

Metriko Oni

Metriko Oni is a former government environmental disaster mitigations expert with a focus on outreach, education, and policy writing. He now works with computers. He has been active in the fandom since 2013 and has been an advocate for transparent lines of communication. His interests include philosophy, media, futurism, and speculative fiction.