My name is Nerida and I am a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and PhD student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. My doctoral research is a critical exploration of marriage that interrogates compulsory monogamy and the economic and social privileging of the romantic dyad. Marriage, as an agent of social control and a colonizing force in Western society, has undergone significant change over the last twenty years resulting in the legal inclusion of same-sex couples. Underscoring this fundamental shift is an allegiance to the principles of monogamy and the social ideal that the “natural” building block of society are sexual dyadic partnerships centred on romantic love. I am interested in critically exploring the colonial and patriarchal roots of marriage in Canada by challenging the privileging of the romantic dyadic at the expense of those who either by choice or circumstance, do not conform to expectations of “compulsory monogamy” aka “marriage”.