Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Polygamous Relationships

From U.S. News and World Report:

            “Being in a marriage or long-term relationship typically includes promises of monogamy, but new research shows a surprising number of folks, mostly men, are open to the idea of having another person in the mix.

Fully one-third of men in the United Kingdom are open to the idea of having more than one wife or long-term girlfriend, while only 11% of women would want someone else in their relationship, results show.

For this study, researchers asked 393 heterosexual men and women in the U.K. how they felt about a committed partnership in which they shared their other half with someone else.

‘Comparing polygyny and polyandry directly, men were three-and-a-half times more likely to say “yes” to the former than the latter, while women were twice as likely to say “yes” to having more than one partner, compared to the idea of sharing their partner with someone else,’

Thomas and his colleagues noted that some cultures around the world in both the past and present have practiced polygamy and polyandry.

For example, some societies in Africa and the Middle East have long-standing traditions of polygyny, while some communities in Tibet and Nepal practice polyandry, the researchers said.

‘Committed non-monogamy has received a lot of attention recently,’ Thomas noted in a university news release. ‘It’s a hot trend with more and more couples talking about opening up their relationships to include other people. However, these types of relationships are far from new.’

‘While most seek monogamous relationships, a small proportion of humans have engaged in multi-partner relationships throughout human history, especially polygynous marriage where one husband is shared by several co-wives,’ Thomas added.

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