Originally Posted by CranberryStardust
It is not weird for a person who has always been in exclusive monogamous relationships to wonder if "girlfriend" means the same thing in this totally opposite arrangement. As it turns out, looks like it doesn't necessarily mean the same thing.
It's not that it means something different (other than "exclusive") when in a poly context, but that YOUR girlfriend may see it differently than you do. Each person here may even have their own definition of the word, ask 100 people, get 100 answers. This is not a poly vs mono or alternative lifestyle vs traditional issue, it's purely a communication issue between you and your partners. I am in a mono traditional relationship and my husband and I struggle with this all the time. Stupid, simple common words can cause massive issues becasue we are working off of different dictionaries and we were too lazy or too caught up in our own assumtions to clarify things.