Human Nature: Monogamy vs Polygamy

Daniel Egber chooses to explore the nature of our relationships in the article, “Are Humans Monogamous or Polygamous?”. This article investigates many other species, especially gorillas, and their habits of mating to compare and contrast how us humans go about sex and relationships. This subject has proven to be quite complicated because of the variety of factors that may have caused a change in our relationships and what they have affected in society for the passed thousands of years. Research conducted by a team in 2011 shed light to the fact that human, specifically male, genitals are different in structure and lead to longer intercourse which ultimately leads to forming bonds between people. This leads anthropologists to believe that because of human males losing this particular trait they once shared with animals that humans became more monogamous. Of course, this theory is constantly questioned by the fact that adultery and cheating is quite a common occurrence. “In the world of Paleo-sexology” it has been observed by anthropologists that “only 1 in 6 societies enforces monogamy as a rule.” Its quite obvious that us humans are prone to indulging our sexual pleasures and sleeping around until settling down with one person, even though many of us wont stop there. It is also noted that even species that are contributed with mating for life like birds are not 100% monogamous. When it comes down to it, many anthropologists and scientists are undecided. It seems like we are a mix of polygamous and monogamous and anthropology will continue to give us insight on this topic in the future.