The Virtues of Monogamy
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.
Michael Perelman says monogamy is a societal construct that does have benefits.
The findings are based on a phenomenon known as the "Mighty Girl Effect."
- The study tracked the responses of more than 5,000 men over the course of a decade.
- The results showed that men who lived with daughters were less likely to hold traditional views on gender relations and roles.
- This effect seemed to be strongest as the daughters entered secondary-school age.
The photos were taken the same day as Russian cosmonauts investigated a mysterious hole discovered in one of the craft.
- The spacecraft belong to Russia and two private American aerospace companies.
- Six astronauts are currently aboard the International Space Station to conduct a variety of experiments.
- On Monday, Russian cosmonauts conducted a spacewalk to investigate the nature and cause of a mysterious 2-millimeter-wide hole in a Russian spacecraft.
The billionaire entrepreneur predicts the rise of technology will soon force society to rethink the modern work week.
- Branson made the argument in a recent blog post published on the Virgin website.
- The 40-hour work week stems from labor laws created in the early 20th century, and many have said this model is becoming increasingly obsolete.
- The average American currently works 47 hours per week, on average.
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