Does Marriage Depend on Monogamy?

Friday, July 01, 2011

In the upcoming edition of The New York Times Sunday Magazine advice columnist Dan Savage has some words of wisdom for married couples, gay or straight. Savage, the sex-advice columnist best known for his "It Gets Better" project to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens deal with the cruelties of fellow high school students, says that married couples should not put so much stock in fidelity and monogamy, and should focus instead on honesty.


For more, we speak with  Kay Hymowitz, contributing editor of City Journal and author of "Manning Up: How the Rise of Women has Turned Men Into Boys." She writes extensively on childhood, family issues, poverty, and cultural change in America.


Kay Hymowitz and Mark Oppenheimer

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [3]

I think that the "sexual jealousy" premise for monogamy lacks context. Human beings have consistently failed at monogamy throughout history. Also, there are still many cultures in which monogamy is not a component in marriage at all. Aren't fidelity and honesty the same thing?

Sep. 15 2011 11:18 AM
Ed from Larchmont

There's one small problem: human nature. Sexuality is so personal that in the emotionally normal person ... marriage is monogamous. Just as the poster above said. Even swans are monogamous.

Jul. 01 2011 08:13 AM

Does Marriage Depend on Monogamy?
My wife sez absolutely ....

Jul. 01 2011 06:19 AM

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