Feminist Advice Column: Should I Come Out as Poly?
Dear Ms. Opinionated,
I’m involved in two healthy, fulfilling polyamorous relationships. I’m not ashamed of the way I live and love, even though some might consider it odd or morally wrong. Generally, I prefer to keep my private life private, but I don’t want to lie about or hide who I am. I wasted far too many years miserable in the closet before I came out as a lesbian. I’m no longer afraid to come out as gay because same-sex relationships are gaining more and more acceptance in society. Coming out as poly is a different story because it is much less understood or accepted.
I want to tell you that the world is fair. But it’s not.
Not everyone’s going to like you, and not everyone’s going to respect your choices. It doesn’t matter how normative your choices supposedly are, nor how much you try to make people like you: universal love, respect and acceptance is not going to come your way (or anyone’s way). And that’s okay—if you make your peace with it. All you can do is make the choices that are right for you and the people affected by them, choose how and when to share or not-share relevant or non-relevant information of your life based on your own comfort level and let the rest go. So while it’s important to recognize that there might—and I stress “might”—be life-consequences that you don’t like for even the choices you make that are positive for you, you don’t have to let those potential consequences dictate what you choose to do. It’s good to plan for the consequences (I’m a fan of back-up plans and back-ups to the back-up plans), but not as good to decide by default that the determining factor in your choices is other people’s (potential) reactions.
Abridged from Bitch Media’s feminist advice column.