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Monoga-what?

Sound-off: Is monogamy realistic?


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The concept of monogamy is complicated. We're taught that monogamy is the core of marriage -- a lifestyle that must be followed or else karmic or afterlife punishment will prevail -- and yet so many married people are unable to practice monogamy for the long haul.

This poses the question of whether or not monogamy is realistic. What are your thoughts about this? It's a touchy subject (err, bad pun) but one that we know you feel strongly about, so bring it on!

Monogamy is a must. Even if you philosophically believe monogamy is unrealistic, having a lack of monogamy in a serious relationship doesn't work either. The only way you can relish intimacy with another person -- and experience true trust -- is through a monogamous relationship. Monogamy is not always easy, but everything of value comes with a price.

Monogamy is a joke. Seriously, having sex with one person for the rest of your life? Who thought of this ridiculous idea? In my opinion, true monogamy doesn't exist. Even if you don't actually have sex with another person, most people in monogamous relationships fantasize about other partners, have online relations or emotional affairs. Pure monogamy is not human nature.

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frkydky | March 19, 2009 at 10:37 a.m. (report)

A wise man once told me: "It Ain't Cheatin if your Eatin."

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gmwrobel | March 17, 2009 at 9:47 a.m. (report)

not everyone cheats....

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thedioskouroi | March 16, 2009 at 2:36 p.m. (report)

Monogamy is totally realistic! That is, as long you don't ask, don't tell. Everyone else cheats.

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Sofine57 | March 16, 2009 at 12:55 p.m. (report)

If you don't want to be monogomous, thats fine. But if you make that commitment, whether it be through marriage or a long term or life partner, you're pretty damn weak and pathetic if you cannot follow through.

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Absopo | March 16, 2009 at 11:56 a.m. (report)

It is human nature to steal kill have sex with anyone that will have us, and behave like all out animals for the most part. The reason we do not do these things is because we are civilized. Im sure at one time man did hump on any and everything that crossed his/her path, but it puzzles me that the same people who preach evolution are the same people suggesting that we should de-evolve when it comes to issues like this.

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