In "The Myth of Monogamy", David Barash describes how new research investigating sex in the animal world concludes 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. Using DNA fingerprinting technology biologists have been able to trace the parenthood of animals and have found that even among those species previously thought to be monogamous, cheating on your mate is the rule for both sexes. The book explores why animals cheat, some prostitute themselves for food or protection, while others strive for genetically superior mates. "The Myth of Monogamy" also explores what the implications of these dramatic findings mean for humans, in terms of relationships, parenting, aggression and more.
Table of Contents
Monogamy for Beginners - Undermining the Myth: Males - Undermining the Myth: Females - Why Does Monogamy Occur At All? - What Are Human Beings Naturally
DAVID P. BARASH is professor of psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle.