Liberation from Monogamous Missionary Sex

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

Liberation from Monogamous Missionary Sex

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This chapter explicates all of the research which proves that sexual frequency declines as a couple ages. It shows that this is related to relationship duration and not just a result of the natural process of chronological aging. However, this chapter also shows how changing notions of morality have, perhaps paradoxically, accelerated the rate at which a couple habituates to their monogamous sex. It suggests that men today grow habituated to monogamy quicker than their fathers and grandfathers did, and explains this as a process related to increased ability to have sex before marriage; increased availability of sexual imagery, and the increased social acceptability of masturbation. Thus, this chapter suggests that as our society becomes more sexually liberated, monogamy becomes a less harmonious fit. This process is described as relative sexual deprivation theory.

Keywords: sexual habituation; relative sexual deprivation theory; relationship duration

Chapter.  10154 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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