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Sep. 13th, 2005

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Date:September 13th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
iirc, polygamy specifically refers to one man with multiple female partners (polyandry is the reverse). Hence the use of polyamory to make it clear that there may be multiple members of either sex involved, and in a web-like manner like Baz said.

As for why monogamy as opposed to monoamory? I don't really know why, but it may be as simple as the fact that monogamy is the far more common term.
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Date:September 13th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
That's the common usage, certainly. However I'm pretty sure that in technical anthropological usage polygamy can refer to either, and the specific term for one husband, several wives is polygyny (which is a mouthful, to say the least).

The fact that Polygyny is so much more common than Polyandry has led to the sloppy usage of Polygamy when Polygyny is meant, and the misunderstanding of this has lead to the popular usage of Polygamy to mean only Polygyny, when it was supposed to refer to either.

I believe this causes a hell of a lot of confusion ;)
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Date:September 14th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
Some poly people do talk about monoamory.

For me, it was another one of those things like gender neutral pronouns. After struggling with 'zie'and 'zir' for a few months, I went "sod this, English already has a perfectly good GNP" and switched to 'they' and 'their'.

If you go round talking about polyamorists and monoamorists (monamorists?), everyone thinks you're a freak before you've even started your spiel :)
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