The Myth of Monogamy

The Myth of Monogamy

Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People

Book - 2001
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Monogamy may be the rule, but it's not the practice - not even for animals.
Using the same DNA fingerprinting technology used in the courtroom, biologists have now been able to trace parenthood in animals for the first time with certainty. The results have been astonishing: Even among those species previously thought to be monogamous, cheating on your mate is common--for "both" sexes.
In "The Myth of Monogamy," David Barash and Judith Eve Lipton describe how this new research shows that there is simply no question whether sexual desire for multiple partners is "natural." It is. Similarly, there is no question of monogamy being "natural." It isn't.
Armed with this evidence, scientists have also been able to explain such important questions as why animals (including humans) cheat; why the myth of monogamy was created in the first place; how men and women were sucked into the monogamy hoax; who stands to gain the most by perpetuating the myth of monogamy; and how big of a role procreation plays in the desire to have several sex partners. Finally, "The Myth of Monogamy" explores the implications of these dramatic new findings for humans, in terms of relationships, parenting, aggression, and more.
A provocative new study of an emotionally charged issue, "The Myth of Monogamy" illuminates a part of our natural make-up that is as fascinating as it is frustrating.
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, c2001
ISBN: 9780716740049
Characteristics: ix, 227 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lipton, Judith Eve


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