TELL FACEBOOK: "Relationships" Comprise More Than Just Sex Partners
  • Petitioned Mark Zuckerberg

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TELL FACEBOOK: "Relationships" Comprise More Than Just Sex Partners

    1. Petition by

      Christina Campbell

      Centreville, VA

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Heiliger,

 

Please make Relationship Status a write-in field, as you have done with the Religion option. Since 2007, at least six Facebook groups have formed to advocate for broader definitions of relationship on the site, yet Facebook still requires users to choose from a short pre-set list of choices centering around marital status and sexual habits.

Facebook's current Relationship menu perpetuates our society's entrenched mate-mania, which over-worships the sexual-couple-unit, and marriage in particular. Mate-mania is more than an irritating cultural quirk. It is actually codified into government policy. In the U.S. legal code over 1300 laws mention marital status, favoring married couples by a wide margin. This bias devalues other important relationships. It devalues platonic friends and non-spousal family members. And it devalues people for whom conventional coupling/marriage is either not appealing or not an option.

That's not what Facebook is about. Facebook is about facilitating connections--all kinds of connections. Let your users define Relationship for themselves and you'll only come closer to your meeting your mission. And better, try having several Relationship fields. Your users each have myriad important relationships in their lives. Don't force them to choose between their domestic partner and their grandmother and their TiVO.  Thank you.

 

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    1. Tell Facebook: "Relationships" Comprise More Than Just Sex Partners

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Facebook allows us to write whatever we want in our profile's "Religion" box -- even Peanut Butter Cups. So why, for our "Relationship," must we choose from a pre-set list of nine choices: single; in a relationship; engaged; married; it's...

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    • Byrdie Wyrdbyrd SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Specifically, I'm polyamorous and am not sure why FaceBook would have an "in an open relationship with ..." option and not allow me to select more than one parter for that display.

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