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 work is a critical exploration of marriage that interrogates compulsory monogamy and the economic and social privileging of the romantic dyad. Marriage has undergone significant change over the last twenty years, the most notable of which is the formal inclusion of same-sex couples. Underscoring this fundamental shift in jurisprudence is an allegiance to the underlying principle of monogamy and the romantic and social ideal that true love is a numeric equation between two partners. Within an ongoing history of moral crusades and “moral panics” in Canada, my PhD research considers the colonial roots of Canada’s anti-polygamy laws and how the convergence of Darwinism, colonialism, and the 19thand 20thcentury ideology of social progression created a temporal and geographic ‘otherness’ that allowed claims about marriage practices and sexual mores across cultures to stand in as evolutionary claims (Willey, 2016: 30).