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  •  sure, one at a time when lives are short (0+ / 0-)

    still made for monogamy to be not for life for everyone...

    But one at a time is more socially stable... having 10 or 20 percent of young males with no partners, no families is a recipe for  unrest if not revolution ... worsens the status of women when they become an artificially created scarce commodity controlled by high status men... the only other use for the apparent surplus of single males is as expendable soldiers who may have the option of bringing back a woman from a neighboring tribe or country...

    So natural for human is... serial monogamy in a stable social situation... and that tends to keep it stable.

    Human males also have an urge to have access to more than one woman and having plural wives is an alternate emergency fallback in unstable times (wars can deplete marriageable males) ... But polygyny if it is not just temporary and uniformly accepted will both create instability or the need for social changes to impose, excuse and perpetuate it which makes for a sicker society which can persist in that alternate balance but it has continual inherent problems.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 08:54:03 AM PST

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    •  Serial monogamy isn't "natural" either. (0+ / 0-)

      If it were, there would never in the entirety of human history have been such a thing as adultery.

      Also, let's not get unnecessarily gendered about this.  Human females are every bit as likely to want more than one man as human males are to want more than one woman.

      Exclusive partnering is a social construct in humans, not an innate behavior.  It's a code of rules that we've made up because (as you point out) it has social advantages, such as stability.  But humans are always going to want sex with more than just one committed partner, because that is what's natural.

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