The Virtues of Monogamy

Internationally renowned, Dr. Michael Perelman is Co-Director, of the Human Sexuality Program, New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Reproductive Medicine, and Urology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. A National Institute of Health Fellow, he received his MS, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University--where he wrote the first sex therapy doctoral dissertaion in Columbia's history in 1976.

Dr. Perelman's clients, experience common sense advice filtered through the wisdom of over 30 years of clinical practice. Dr. Perelman has been invited to present his Sexual Tipping Point model at professional meetings around the world and has published widely in the professional literature. He is frequently quoted and often featured by the media.

Besides private practice, Dr. Perelman serves on multiple professional society,editorial, and industry Advisory/Directors Boards. He is the Past-President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. His research interests are integrating the use of sexual pharmaceuticals with sex counseling to provide better risk/benefit for men and women suffering from sexual problems.

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Question: Is monogamy passé?

Michel Perelman :I don’t think monogamy is a silly concept; I think it’s a social construct in our society, meaning that marital stability is part of what stabilizes our society. So all societies have controlled reproduction and while science has allowed us to separate recreational sex from procreational sex, we continue to have rules about who is allowed to have sex with you because this really stems from both our religious and legal history, and essentially it stabilizes our society. All societies have rules around sexuality, these are just ours, and they vary from culture to culture, and these are our standards in our society. So I don’t think of that as silly at all.