Sociology Index


Monogamy is having only one husband, wife, or sexual partner at any given time, or living at the same time. Marital monogamy refers to marriages of only two people. The term monogamy is used to specifically refer to marital monogamy. Polygamy is marriage with several spouses, or more than one spouse living at the same time. Social monogamy refers to two persons who live together and cooperate in acquiring basic resources such as food, clothes, and money. Sexual monogamy refers to two persons who remain sexually exclusive with one another and have no outside sex partners. Genetic monogamy refers to two partners that only have offspring with one another. The term polygamy covers both Polygyny and Polyandry. Sologamy or self-marriage does not have any legal standing in India.

Serial monogamy is a mating practice in which individuals may engage in sequential monogamous pairings, when men or women can marry another partner but only after ceasing to be married to the previous partner. Serial monogamy may effectively resemble polygyny in its reproductive consequences because some men are able to utilize more than one woman's reproductive lifespan through repeated marriages.

Serial monogamy may also refer to sequential sexual relationships. A pair of humans may remain sexually exclusive, or monogamous, until the relationship has ended and then each may go on to form a new exclusive pairing with a different partner. Serial monogamy is common among people in Western cultures.

Bisexual Women, Non-Monogamy and Differentialist Anti-Promiscuity Discourses - Christian Klesse.
Popular discourses on bisexuality assume a peculiar interrelation between bisexuality and non-monogamy. Drawing upon qualitative research in gay male and bisexual non-monogamies in the UK, explores bisexual women’s accounts on the effects of promiscuity allegations on non-monogamous sexual and relationship practice. The issue is complicated by the intersection of promiscuity discourses with discourses on race/ethnicity and class. The regimes of violence that go hand in hand with the stigmatization through promiscuity allegations police women’s sexual behavior making it more risky for women of certain positioning move and socialize in certain cultural contexts.

Fidelity With(out) Monogamy: Love and Intimate Relationships in the 21st Century - Wosick-Correa, Kassia. Abstract: This article explores contemporary fidelity among those who embrace monogamy in constructing their intimate relationships. Previous research focuses on rates, reasons, and permissiveness of extramarital sex without operationalizing monogamy. I explore cheating and veiled fidelity as a deliberate digression from traditional tenets of dual sexual and emotional monogamy. Dual monogamy remains the ideal, individuals do engage in contact with others. Data show the distinction between sexual and emotional fidelity is most apparent when violating monogamy; emotional infidelity is regarded as a more severe infraction than sexual infidelity.

Marriage, monogamy and HIV: a profile of HIV-infected women in south India
S Newmann, P Sarin, N Kumarasamy, E Amalraj, M Rogers, P Madhivanan, T Flanigan, S Cu-Uvin, S McGarvey, K Mayer and S Solomon.
A retrospective study was conducted on 134 HIV-infected females evaluated. HIV prevention and intervention strategies need to focus on married, monogamous Indian women whose self-perception of HIV risk may be low, but whose risk is inextricably linked to the behavior of their husbands.

Whatever Happened to Feminist Critiques of Monogamy? Stevi Jackson and Sue Scott.
During the 1970s heterosexuality was identified as a key site of women's subordination. Feminism and feminists sought to enhance women's sexual autonomy, to secure the right to define our own sexualities, to resist sexual coercion and exploitation. One central feature of these debates was an emergent critique of monogamy that cut across other differences, like those between lesbians and straight women, between self-defined socialist and radical feminism. Drawing critically on the ideas of the sexual revolution and on older socialist and egalitarian traditions, as well as on more recent analyses of patriarchal relations, monogamy was questioned as a cornerstone of patriarchal privilege, enshrining men's rights over women's bodies, and as central to an ideology of romantic love through which women's compliance was secured.

Ambiguity of Monogamy as a Safer-sex Goal Among Single, Pregnant, Inner-city Women. Monogamy by Whose Definition? Paula J. Britton, Oneida H. Levine, Anita P. Jackson, Stevan E. Hobfoll, James B. Shepherd.
It was our premise that women may be misperceiving and underestimating their risk due to differences in their definition and beliefs about monogamy, and thus are not changing their behavior. When compared to long-term monogamous women (self-reporting one partner in the past year), serially monogamous women perceived themselves at greater risk but did not report more frequent use of condoms. It is possible that a suggestion of monogamy may be subject to multiple interpretations and thus could be providing women with a false sense of safety. Risk reduction should be defined in specific behavioral terms.