Developing a Critique of Monogamy

Eric Anderson

in The Monogamy Gap

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777921
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919062 | DOI:

Series: Sexuality, Identity, and Society

Developing a Critique of Monogamy

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The premise of this chapter is that much of men’s cheating is rational. Cheating emerges as a rational response to the irrational social expectations of monogamy. In order to theoretically explain how it is that we live in a culture in which people of all sexual orientations desire sexual fidelity and loath cheating, but nonetheless end up doing both, the author develops a multidisciplinary model of human relationships, the dyadic dissonance theory. It lays the theoretical groundwork for the book, drawing on empirical research in sociology, psychology, evolutionary psychology, biology, and neuroscience to explicate the dyadic dissonance theory through qualitative sociological research

Keywords: monogamy; cheating; relationships; men; sex; dyadic dissonance theory

Chapter.  6560 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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