A petition to persuade Facebook to add “polyamorous” to the list of relationship designations which users can choose is gaining traction.
Facebook already includes the obvious relationship designations such as “single,” “engaged,” or “married,” but has also added “It’s complicated,” and “in an open relationship.”
Now, some users want “polyamorous” to also be included in the list.
The Huffington Post reports that one Facebook user who is pushing the social media site to add “polyamorous” to its list of relationship designations is Philly Cashion. She is in a polyamorous relationship and would like to be able to express that on Facebook.
“I’m in a triad polyamorous relationship so there is no main partner in our relationship, the three of us are equal,” Cashion told The Huffington Post. “I know we can’t all marry and loads of other things people normally get. But being able to show our relationship in an authentic fashion in Facebook would be nice.”
Facebook has already made some changes to be more inclusive of those who do not identify with common relationship or gender categories. The social media site has expanded the way users can describe their gender identity, for example.
Facebook has not commented on the new petition to include polyamous relationships as a way to describe a user’s relationship status.
The petition has thus far received nearly 3,000 signatures.
Publication date: April 8, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.