Monogamy Versus Polygamy Essay

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SSC 101-2
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Monogamy versus Polygamy Nobody ever said marriage was easy. Marriage is a vow to remain honest, true, and faithful, and a promise to always love and cherish the chosen one. In many cultures worldwide, young girls dream of the day that her knight in shining armor will come to her, sweep her off her feet, and propose marriage in a rush of romance. This dream of love is instilled in cultural values and beliefs that affect the child throughout his or her upbringing, which result in her expectation of her one-and-only. There are, however, cultures in which young girls have a different expectation for the moment that marriage will come for her. Rather than a dream of love, acceptance of an understanding of a
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As in the hunter-gatherer societies of previous ages, women are responsible for gathering supplies needed for the family survival, cooking, caring for the sick, and nurturing in general.
Issues with Monogamy Monogamy is difficult to uphold, and there are many reasons for its failure. “Marital infidelities, the pursuit of younger women, the ‘bimbo’ and ‘trophy wife’ syndromes – all are essential breaches of the monogamous social contract.” (Tucker, 1993, p. 35) Both men and women commit the crime of infidelity. Once the crime is committed, it is often difficult to maintain the monogamous relationship, and the union ends. Physical and natural urges are best suppressed within a monogamous marriage to protect the security of the relationship. Another issue with monogamy is the rise of women’s rights and movements to further the possibilities for women in the working world. As women become more empowered, they find themselves dissatisfied with their monogamous partners. “The rise of single motherhood is basically the expression of female discontent with monogamy.” (Tucker, 1993, p. 36) Women are now breaking out of the traditional roles and are able to provide for themselves what traditionally they had to rely upon men to provide. Therefore, the main function of the male as provider is not as attractive to women anymore, and therefore, not enough to keep

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