2019/11/30 6:45:00 PM UTC

y'all. lets please stop using "poly" for "polyamorous" and get in the habit of using "polya" or "polyam". the reasoning behind this is a plea from Polynesian folk who have claimed the ID "Poly" for themselves, like, A WHILE ago.

FAQ :psyduck:

A: Its fine if you didn't know, we're always learning.

A: Congrats if you already do this.

A: If you feel esp defensive about this, thats the racism trying to leave your body. Let it go.

A: If you won't, congrats, you're a racist.

2019/11/30 7:08:54 PM UTC

Ammending this post with more nuance (don't talk about serious things when you're tired, folks): "Poly" vs "Polya" or "Polyam" also exists as a way to help clarify exactly what you're talking about. Intersectionality matters in a global culture.

You don't need to *erase* it from your vocab, sure, but its good to be mindful that you don't exist in a bubble.

2019/11/30 7:10:57 PM UTC

I'm looking for Polynesian voices on the matter but .. like lets be real, if Mastodon gets defensive about something as innocuous as "Spanish colonizers fucked up Mexico" you can probably imagine what the internet at large does to Polynesian people asking to be heard. I'm not sure how great of an idea it is to use sources addled with racist tirades.

2019/11/30 7:16:55 PM UTC

Here's a latinx activist breaking down the subject of "Poly", their own defensiveness, and better nuance than I can cram into a Masto thread, with sources and such.

2019/11/30 9:01:49 PM UTC

@popstar I have seen one (1) article that claims this is an issue. It's a greek prefix, nothing specific to Polynesians.

2019/11/30 10:31:03 PM UTC

@popstar you can't just go around claiming words, that's not how language works.

2019/11/30 10:32:16 PM UTC

@mewmew @popstar That's the racism leaving your body, sweaty ;)

2019/11/30 10:32:52 PM UTC

@kaikatsu @popstar :blobcatsweats: I can see it! The racism is flowing out of my skin!

2019/11/30 10:35:34 PM UTC

@mewmew @popstar obviously it is otherwise everyone would have a n word pass and that specific f word would be free to use along with certain forms of the word gay.

Lol :blobcat3c:

2019/11/30 10:36:22 PM UTC

@mewmew @popstar but thanks to :google: u can purrchase them :cirno_deal_with_it:

2019/11/30 10:46:06 PM UTC

@popstar if I dont, it's because I dont like either "polya" or "polyam" and want to find a better word. :blobthinking: