In many cultures, monogamy is thought of as the "natural" or best way for people to have romantic and sexual relationships with one another. But monogamy is only one model of relationships. Is monogamy always the best way? Are there situations when monogamy just won't work, and others where it will? What Do You Think?
Protection and Health
- Although monogamy may not be "natural" it seems a necessary goal in today's society of divorce and disease. Rampant STD cases seem to be one large factor in why people chose to be with only one person, even if it is not a spoken ideal.
The Unnatural Truth
- I think we should always remember that even where monogamy is considered natural or best, it's rarely 'normal' in the statistical sense. So maybe the idea of monogamy lends itself to helpful forms of social organization, like in large societies where nuclear families are important for supporting children and the elderly, but the practice of monogamy is something else entirely.
- —Guest Eider