Black polygamy has been low key trending for decades. Its no secret that there is a disproportionate number of Black men in prison in the West. Combine that with an oppressive system of welfare and imbalances in the earning power of Black women and you have a recipe for dysfunctional Black family units. In the wake of the New Jim Crow and the welfare system in the west and economic instability elsewhere, polygamy has become a trending topic as a way to restore the Black family. Whether polygamy is a response to the system of mass incarceration or an economic strategy, there has been a growing group of Black polygamist families who swear by the practice.
Photo by Alejandro Moreno de Carlos via Stocksy. Many women may casually date multiple guys, but some modern-day women are practicing polyandry: having multiple husbands or, in a contemporary, repurposed definition, several serious or life-long partners. Polyandry, the female-focused version of polygamy, is technically illegal in the United States ; thus, those who practice it do so without literally getting married. Denise Renye , a San Francisco-based psychologist who specializes in sex and intimacy. But that doesn't mean a woman can't dream of putting a ring on those many male partners.