I hadn’t seen MOGAI before getting this question. So I did some reading!
MOGAI means Marginalized Orientations, Gender identities, And Intersex (or Maginalized Orientations, Gender Alignments, and Intersex). MOGII is an alternative intended to prevent the A from being coopted by Allies.
Should MOGAI Include Poly?
I don’t think it was intended to include polyamorous people, but I’m not entirely sure. When I looked around, I saw one person specifically use it to include anyone who “isn’t dyadic” and someone else express concern about “kinksters, poly people and paraphiliacs who would just claim that they’re marginalized.”
Some people do experience poly (and kink) as orientations, so it’s definitely concievable to consider them part of the MOGAI acronym. A lot of us don’t experience it that way, though, so I don’t think it makes that much sense to try to put poly (or kink) into that basket.
Mostly, though, it just seems like a very new and obscure term with a bunch of issues. So I don’t think it’s going to really catch on.
Why MOGAI Doesn’t Sound Great To Me:
Some of those issues are:
• It’s still not clear who is actually included.
• That ambiguity makes it easy to include groups that others wouldn’t want to be lumped together with.
• I don’t know how it’s supposed to be pronounced.
• Grammatically, it should probably be “maginalized orientations and gender identities, and intersex” or “marginalized orientations, marginalized gender identies, and intersex,” because the current structure implies “marginalized intersex,” which doesn’t make any sense.
• And it should maybe be “intersex people” too, because just “and intersex” is really awkward.
• Female is a gender identity, and females are marginalized. Butch and femme are marginalized gender identities too. But it seems like the intent of MOGIA was to focus on trans/non-binary gender identities.
• Some people won’t want to be labeled marginalized.
I kind of like GSRM, for Gender, Sexuality, and Relationship Minorities (which I do include kink and poly in, but also do limit to groups that practice consensual sex), but it has its own problems. Those include also being kind of vague, that some people don’t like “minority,” and that it doesn’t explicitly include intersex people.
I don’t think we’re ever going to come up with the perfect acronym. I also think we often really need to talk about specific groups that have specific similarities, and having one all-inclusive acronym doesn’t serve that well. I think sometimes we need to get better at just clearly naming the groups we’re actually talking about in a particular instance.