Biologically speaking, we are mammals. There are only a fraction of species that engage in monogamous behavior; however, this innate drive is chemically motivated by the 1st law of nature: self-preservation-not choice.
Do you believe the proclivity of humanity is non-monogamous driven, or have we succumbed to a societal indoctrination of a relational matrix?
Nontheist in NC,
What I find most revealing is the deafening silence regarding the rates of infidelity amid women. Women possess a higher rate of infidelity (44%) than men (34%); dispelling the mythology that men are dogs? So, when I articulate the non-monogamous theory, it is applicable to both genders; an aspect not brought up by women in any forum…I’m just sayin ;)
Funny how mythology on its head is truth inverted…*raising an eyebrow*
Robert, where did you get your statistics on infidelity by gender? Do you have a link?
All the google searches I did turned up research stating that men cheat more often than women. The percentages varied wildly, of course, but the closest comparison I would find was this:
Percentage of men who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they've had: 57%
Percentage of women who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they've had: 54%
Most of the articles I found had men about 10-15% higher.
I agree with the idea that monogamy is pretty much a cultural indoctrination issue, with nothing to do at all with biology. I think the rates of divorce and infidelity, plus even a basic amount of literacy on biology or study of our close primate cousins make this one a slam dunk -- to use a slightly wobbly metaphor, its clearly software (cultural programming) not hardware.
Religions probably control human sexuality for a variety of reasons, some of which might once have had a benefit for promoting survival of the group; others a more obnoxious method of controlling breeding or limiting it to those who are powerful and important. And of course, many dominant religions subjugate their women to the status of mere baby-factories, regardless of claims to the contrary.