22 Notable Non-Monogamous (Or At Least Romantically-Unconventional) Women

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Personally, I’ve pretty much always been a serial monogamist. That said, as a queer lady with a few happily-poly friends, I’m starting to understand why some people choose to forgo monogamy. Moreover, I find consensual non-monogamy (CNM) to be fascinating for a variety of reasons — and one of those reasons is the fact that there are so many influential women who practiced consensual non-monogamy before it was anywhere near socially acceptable to do so.

On top of that, I can’t help but be intrigued by all the different ways to be polyamorous. There’s open relationships, polyfidelity, (a closed relationship style that demands sexual and emotional fidelity to an intimate group of three or more) swinging, relationship anarchy (which is exactly what it sounds like — no hierarchies), and more. Basically, if you want to be ethically non-monogamous, there are a lot of ways to do it.

To further prove this point, I searched to find 22 consensually non-monogamous women — and the internet did not disappoint. As it turns out, some of the most badass women, like Amelia Earhart and Virginia Woolf, were total poly babes.

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