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The Myth of Monogamy

Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People

David P. Barash, Ph.D. and Judith Eve Lipton, M.D.

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Using DNA technology, biologists have now been able to trace parenthood in animals for the first time with certainty. The results have been astonishing: even among those species previously thought to be monogamous, cheating on your mate is common—for both sexes.

In The Myth of Monogamy, David Barash and Judith Eve Lipton describe how this new research shows that there is simply no question whether sexual desire for multiple partners is "natural." It is. Similarly, there is no question of monogamy being "natural." It isn't.

Armed with this evidence, scientists have also been able to explain such important questions as why animals (including humans) cheat; why the myth of monogamy was created in the first place; how men and women were sucked into the monogamy hoax; who stands to gain the most by perpetuating the myth of monogamy; and how big of a role procreation plays in the desire to have several sex partners. Finally, The Myth of Monogamy explores the implications of these dramatic new findings for humans, in terms of relationships, parenting, aggression, and more. A provocative new study of an emotionally charged issue, The Myth of Monogamy illuminates a part of our natural make-up that is as fascinating as it is frustrating.

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Praise for The Myth of Monogamy

"A highly readable, light-hearted survey of monogamy and its variations across the animal kingdom."
--Nature

"Gripping from start to finish, solid in its science, and literary in its flair . . ."
--David M. Buss, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Texas

"A smart, intriguing, witty, non-sexist, provocative yet careful book about the realities . . . 'infidelity.' "
--Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • David P. Barash, Ph.D. and Judith Eve Lipton, M.D.

  • David P. Barash, Ph.D., is a zoologist and is currently professor of psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Making Sense of Sex, co-authored by Judith Lipton.

    Judith Eve Lipton, M.D., a psychiatrist specializing in women's issues, is the recipient of many honors, including a fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association.

    Married since 1977, Barash and Lipton live in Redmond, Washington.
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Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People

David P. Barash, Ph.D. and Judith Eve Lipton, M.D.

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