A group that supports ethical non-monogamy sent an open letter to Meta on Thursday, urging Facebook to allow users to list more than one link status in their profiles.
IN letter, which was initiated by the Organization for Polymorphic and Ethical Non-Monogamy, or OPEN, said that Facebook’s current policy is “arbitrary” and “exclusive.” The signatories included 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 on Facebook was “open connection”. The change that the petitioners want will allow them to list all their romantic partners.
About 20 percent of people say they have participated in some form of non-monogamy by mutual consent, according to study from 2017. Today, the term covers “a bunch of niche terms,” according to Brett Chamberlain, CEO of OPEN. The most famous terms include “polyamory”, which means meeting several people at once, and “rocking”, which describes when people in a relationship exchange partners with each other.
A newer record is “relationship anarchy”, in which participants break all expected norms related to romantic relationships and join only the rules established by people.
“Ethical non-monogamy is nothing new, but technologies like the Internet have made it easier for people to build communities and follow a way of life that may not have been accepted in popular culture before,” Chamberlain said.
Today, people who are interested in opening up relationships can turn to podcasts and polyamory trainers for advice and join dating apps like Feeld and #open to meet other like-minded people. Consensual non-monogamy even reached Vogue magazine, where a writer asked: “Is monogamy over?”
People have also become more public about their non-monogamous relationships by writing articles and social media posts about their experience.
Last month, Taylor Frankie, a TikTok star with 3.6 million followers, spoke about her open marriage in Live. Miss. Paul, a member of the Mormon Church, told viewers that she, her husband and some of their friends would engage in a “soft swing” where “you don’t switch completely and you don’t go all the way.” Miss. Paul also said that she and her husband are currently in the process of divorce, partly motivated by the lady. Paul’s decision to break the rules of their agreement.
The most famous people who have publicly discussed their experience with non-monogamy may be Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Last year Mr. Smith told GQ for the period during which his marriage was open.
“We gave each other trust and freedom, believing that everyone should find their own way,” said the actor. “And marriage can’t be a prison for us.” Willow Smith, the couple’s daughter, said she was polyamorous on “Talk at the Red Table“A show he leads with his mother and grandmother.
Part of the change to greater acceptance may be generation. IN YouGov Poll which surveyed about 1,340 people and asked them to describe their “ideal relationship” on a scale from “completely monogamous” to “completely non-monogamous”, 43 percent of millennials said their ideal relationship would be at least somewhat non-monogamous, compared to 30 percent of Generation X and 25 percent of the baby boom.
Despite the growing normalization of non-monogamy as a practice, Mr. Chamberlain said many people who do this are still afraid to be public about their lifestyle.
“You can be fired, denied housing or lose a custody battle based on the structure of your intimate relationship,” he said. The goal of his organization, which he and two others founded in April, is to raise awareness and create greater acceptance of non-monogamous relationships.
“In the long run, one of the projects of culture and society gives people more space to be in the consensus relationship they choose,” he said. He cited the LGBTQ rights movement as one of those projects. Consensual non-monogamy, he added, “is the next chapter.”