Beyond Monogamy: Polyamory and the Future of Polyqueer by Mimi Schippers

By Mimi Schippers

A guy and girl are in an open courting. they've got agreed that having sexual companions outdoor in their courting is permissible. One evening, whilst her companion is in one other urban, the girl has intercourse with the man’s ally. What does this suggest for his or her courting? extra importantly, why is there this type of robust cultural taboo in contrast type of triangulation and what does it show concerning the social association of gender and sexuality? In past Monogamy, Mimi Schippers asks those and different inquiries to discover obligatory monogamy as a crucial characteristic of sexual normalcy. Schippers argues that obligatory monogamy promotes the monogamous couple because the merely valid, typical, or fascinating dating shape in ways in which help and legitimize gender, race, and sexual inequalities.

Through an research of sexual interactions and dating varieties that come with greater than humans, from polyamory, to threesomes, to the complexity of the ‘down-low,’ Schippers explores the queer, feminist, and anti-racist strength of non-dyadic intercourse and relationships. a significant examine the intersections of society and sexuality, past Monogamy takes the reader on a compelling and available trip via obligatory monogamy, polyamory, and polyqueer intercourse and relationships.


“In this ebook, Mimi Schippers takes feminist students of sexuality to job for failing to theorize obligatory monogamy as a regime of normalcy that enforces gendered, raced, and classed inequalities. Exploring polyqueer sexual practices in movie, writing, and her personal lifestyles, Schippers presents a vibrant representation of the significance of increasing our understandings of sexual and romantic relationships.”

—C. J. Pascoe, writer of Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in excessive School

“This e-book is a needs to learn for a person drawn to sexuality and intersectionality. Schippers examines the racialized and gendered backdrop opposed to which heterosexuality and monogamy play out in modern US tradition. Going past the person concentration universal in a lot dialogue of polyamory, past Monogamy examines the aptitude collective affects of non-monogamies and exposes how hetero-masculinity and mono-normativity are socially developed and much from inevitable.”

—Elisabeth Sheff, writer of The Polyamorists round the corner: inside of Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families

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As Halberstam suggests, “new queer cultural studies feeds off of and back into subcultural production” (163). Here I mix polyqueer narrative with academic theorizing not only to participate in cultural production by “speaking” the language, but also to flatten the hierarchy between “low” subcultural production and “high” academic theory. While Halberstam’s focus is specifically on queer theorists’ participation in queer subcultures, the idea that the marginalized academic theorist has a unique perspective and role in both academia and her community outside of academia is not new.

As a feminist, polyqueer sociologist, not only am I interested in documenting my “grubby secrets” so as to insert my own sexual subjectivity to theoretically penetrate heteromasculinity, I am motivated to explore what could be, both in terms of polyqueer sexualities and, as literary feminist theorists have done for at least a century, in terms of writing social critique and building sociological theory through fictional narrative. The second reason I incorporate erotic, polyqueer narrative into an otherwise academic text is to bridge academic writing about polyqueer potentialities to polyqueer cultural production.

While this challenges compulsory monogamy, it does little to elucidate the structural features of an individual’s life that might constrain or enable making this “choice” (Klesse 2014; Rambukkana 2015). In his discussion of “intimate privilege,” Nathan Rambukkana (2010, 2015) points to the significant role social location, including but not limited to race, class, religion, and citizenship, plays in constraining or facilitating access to transgressive relationship forms including polyamory. Similarly, in her review of the how-­to poly literature, Melita Noël (2006) writes, The limited amount of available texts written about polyamory offer an individually-­based challenge to monogamy without closely examining systemic privileges and benefits, particularly around such issues as: nationality, race/ethnicity, education, class, language, ability, age, gender, and sexuality.

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