OpenCon UK 2013 between empowerment and over-protection

I had few expectations as I prepared to spend two days at OpenCon UK in Dorset county with seventy other polyamory folks from all over Europe. I simply hoped to be among people who share a great deal of my set of core values, and have a breather from the monogamy-saturated, couple-centric environment of Central Europe (I currently live in the Czech Republic). And, indeed, this is precisely what I found and enjoyed.

I was not, however, at all prepared for the hyper-protective atmosphere, bordering on patronising at times, that pervaded all group interactions throughout the weekend.

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