Originally Posted by nycindie
Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart invented the term "polyamory" in a 1990 article she wrote for Green Egg Magazine (the term was included in a glossary sidebar, not the actual article). Here is her definition of the word: "The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved."
Not to nit pick but...
In Dec 2010, Alan, who runs the website Polyamory in the Media, did something very interesting. (Incidently, his website is about how p. Check it utolyamory is being covered in the media, and is very cool, even apart from this particular
episode). Check it out:
Alan used search engines on the GoogleBooks site to search for instances of the
word polyamory, polyamorous, polyamorists, etc., as well as French and other
versions of the word. The GoogleBooks search engine lets you search a vast
number of books that have been digitized for specific words and phrases. Alan
did this for the years between 1400 A.D. and 1991. Lo and behold, his efforts
turned up seven specific items prior to the magic year of 1990, including
several earlier than the 1980s - and one as early as 1953! (Check out his
website for the full scoop, including a continuing series of updates on the
In a single stroke, Alan has demonstrated that the word polyamory and its
various forms was already in existence in the English language - and some other
European languages, at least 47 years before it was allegedly invented in
1990-1992. Way to hang, Alan!