29 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 277 (2004-2005)
Manogamy's Law: Compulsory Monogamy and Polyamorous Existence

handle is hein.journals/nyuls29 and id is 287 raw text is: MONOGAMY'S LAW: COMPULSORY MONOGAMY
AND POLYAMOROUS EXISTENCE'
ELIZABETH F. EMENSt
I.  Introdu ction  .................................................................................................. 2 78
II.  Com pulsory  M onogam  y  ............................................................................... 287
A .  M onogam  y's M andate ....................................................................... 287
1. The Western Romance Tradition ................................................. 288
2. Stories from Biological Anthropology ........................................ 294
B .  M onogam  y's  R eality  ........................................................................ 297
1. The Failures of Supermonogamy ................................................ 297
2. The Failures of Simple Monogamy ............................................ 298
III.  Contem porary  Polyam  ory  ........................................................................... 300
A .  Term s  and  M odels ............................................................................. 303
B .  R elationships  ..................................................................................... 309
1. A Woman with Two Husbands: April Divilbiss .................... 310
2. A Four-Partner Family: Eddie Simmons .................................... 312
3. A Mormon Wife: Elizabeth Joseph ............................................. 317
4.  An  Ethical Slut: Dossie  Easton  .................................................. 318
C .  T heory  ............................................................................................... 320
1.  Self-K now ledge  .......................................................................... 32 1
2.  R adical H onesty  .......................................................................... 322
3.  C onsent  ....................................................................................... 324
4.  Self-Possession  .......................................................................... 325
5.  Privileging  Love  and  Sex  ............................................................ 328
IV .  The  Paradox  of Prevalence  ......................................................................... 330
A. Possible Factors in Response to Polyamory ...................................... 331
1. This title borrows from Adrienne Rich. See Adrienne Rich, Compulsory Heterosexuality
and Lesbian Existence, 5 SIGNS 631 (1980).
t Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago School of Law, 2003-05.
J.D., Yale Law School, 2002. Ph.D. in English, King's College, University of Cambridge, 2002. I
am grateful to the following people for their contributions to the development of this project: Lisa
Van Alstyne, Ian Ayres, Katharine K. Baker, Brian Bix, John Bronsteen, Mary Anne Case, Derek
Dom, Moon Duchin, J. Richard Emens, Katherine Franke, Carolyn Frantz, Kent Greenfield, Philip
Hamburger, Bernard Harcourt, Adam Hickey, Morris Kaplan, Amy Kapczynski, Gregory Khalil,
Sarah Lawsky, Liz Loeb, Sam Miller, Martha Nussbaum, Brett Phillips, Eric Posner, Jeff Redding,
Bill Rubenstein, Natasha Rulyova, Reva Siegel, Rachel Smith, Sonja Shield, Stephanie Stem, Geof
Stone, Lior Strahilevitz, Jeannie Suk, Julie Suk, Cass Sunstein, Beatrice Wolper, Kenji Yoshino,
and participants in workshops and classes at UCLA, the University of Cambridge, the University
of Chicago, and Yale Law School. I also wish to thank the excellent staff of the N. Y. U. Review of
Law & Social Change, especially Sonja Shield and Kate Griffith, and of the D'Angelo Law
Library at the University of Chicago, especially Greg Nimmo. All errors and omissions are of
course my own.
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