Non-Monogamy Advocates Ask Facebook to Be More Open

A group that advocates moral non-monogamy sent an open letter to Meta on Thursday, requesting Facebook to allow users to list more than one relationship status in their profile.

The letter, launched by the Organization for Polymory and Ethical Non-Monogamy or OPEN, said Facebook’s current policy was “arbitrary” and “excluded.” The signatories include leaders of groups such as the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and the Center for Positive Sexuality.

A Meta spokesman said the company was reviewing the letter and noted that one of the statuses users could choose from on Facebook was “in an open relationship.” The change that applicants are asking for will allow them to make a list of all their romantic partners.

According to a 2017 study, about 20 percent of people say they are engaged in some form of consensual non-monogamy. Today, according to Brett Chamberlain, OPEN’s executive director, the term includes “a Bajilian special terms.” The most popular terms include “polymory”, which means dating multiple people at once, and “swinging”, which describes when people in a relationship exchange partners.

The new entry is “Relationship Chaos”, in which participants break all the expected norms involved in a romantic relationship and subscribe only to the rules established by those involved.

“Ethical non-monogamy is nothing new, but technology like the Internet has made it easier for people to build communities and follow lifestyles that may not be accepted in mainstream culture,” Mr Chamberlain said.

Today, those interested in opening up their relationships turn to podcasts and polymer coaches for advice and can join dating apps like Feeld and #open to meet other like-minded people. Consensual non-monogamy has even reached Vogue magazine, where one author asks: “Is monogamy over?”

People have become more public about their non-monotonous relationships, even writing articles and social media posts about their experiences.

Last month, with 3.6 million followers, Tiktok star Taylor Frankie Paul talked about her open marriage in a live stream. Mrs. Paul, a member of the Mormon Church, told the audience that she and her husband and some of her friends would join in the “soft swinging”, in which “you will not switch completely and go all the way.” Ms Paul also said that she and her husband were currently in the process of getting a divorce, which was partly motivated by Ms Paul’s decision to break the terms of her contract.

The most prominent people who have publicly discussed their experiences with non-monogamy may be Will Smith and Thick Pinkett Smith. Last year Mr Smith told GQ about the period during which their marriage was open.

The actor said, “We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everyone has to find their own way.” “And marriage can’t be a prison for us.” Willow Smith, the couple’s daughter, talked about being versatile on “Red Table Talk,” which she hosts with her mother and grandmother.

The shift towards greater acceptance may be hereditary. The YouGov poll surveyed approximately 1,340 people and asked them to describe their “ideal relationship” on a scale ranging from “completely monotonous” to “completely non-monotonous”, with 43 percent of millennials saying their ideal relationship was at least somewhat non-existent. -Will be married. Monogamous, compared to 30 percent Gen Xers and 25 percent Baby Boomers.

Despite the increasing generalization of non-monogamy as a practice, Mr. Chamberlain said many people who join it still fear being exposed to their lifestyle.

“Depending on the structure of your intimate relationship you may be fired from your job, denied housing or lose the fight for custody,” he said. The goal of his organization, which he and two others founded in April, is to raise awareness and create more acceptance of non-monotonous relationships.

“In the long run, a project of culture and society gives people more space to live in the consensual relationships they choose,” he said. He pointed to the LGBTQ rights movement as one of those projects. He added, “There is a later chapter.”

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