A quick announcement, folks.
We’re calling the symbol the Rational Heart. As well as starting life at his site Living Within Reason, it denotes rational nonmonogamy and relationship anarchy in general, especially among skeptics.
What does that mean? Well, here are some thoughts on the design, which some people have said they plan to wear or embroider on bedsheets.
The Rational Heart rejects the worship of monogamy and its unearned privilege over polyamory as legacies of a puritanical religious past.
The Rational Heart represents love as poly people experience it: a whole composed of many individual relationships.
The Rational Heart acknowledges the multitude of interlocking, overlapping shades of love.
The Rational Heart sees logic and reason as key parts of happy, ethical relationships that aid emotional communication, not bleak or unromantic obstacles to love.
The Rational Heart stands for nonmonogamy as positive, lucid and consequence-based ethical choice, not emotional recklessness.
The Rational Heart stands for reciprocation, mutually acknowledged rules and partnerships based on adult consent, not coercion, exploitation or betrayal.
If you wear or display this symbol, that’s what you believe in.