chapter  4
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‘Science Says She’s Gotta Have It’: Reading for Racial Resonances in Woman-Centered Poly Literature


The title of this chapter comes from a National Post headline entitled: ‘Science Says She’s Gotta Have It: Women May be Predisposed to Infi delity’ (Hodgson, 2004). This is just one of many recent articles in the North American popular press referencing recent neurobiological research on monogamy. This research and the attention it has received bring monogamy into the arena of debate on the biological basis of sexuality. Polyamory is directly implicated in this debate, as my fi rst epigraph indicates. As the second suggests, biologizing discourse around sexual orientation, and now monogamy, may have implications for how we think about racialized bodies.