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The monogamy gap : men, love, and the reality of cheating

Author: Eric Anderson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Series: Sexuality, identity, and society series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Whether straight or gay, most men start their relationships desiring monogamy. This is rooted in the pervasive notion that monogamy exists as a sign of true love. Yet despite this deeply held cultural ideal, cheating remains rampant. In this accessible book, Eric Anderson investigates why 78% of men he interviewed have cheated despite their desire not to. Combining 120 interviews with research from the fields of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Anderson
ISBN: 9780199777921 0199777926
OCLC Number: 702357836
Description: 231 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Overview of the research --
Developing a critique of monogamy --
About the study --
The hardening and softening of men --
The science of sexual attraction --
The development of romantic relationships --
Categorizing monogamy types --
Monogamism --
The monogamy gap --
Costs of monogamism --
Jealousy --
Liberation from monogamous missionary sex --
Prevalence of cheating --
Spontaneous cheating --
Cheating out of love --
Counter currents --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Sexuality, identity, and society series.
Responsibility: Eric Anderson.

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The Monogamy Gap is a groundbreaking volume that explains why men cheat. Drawing on a range of theories across academic disciplines, the book highlights the biological compulsion of the sexual urge,  Read more...

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"Sociologist Eric Anderson asks troubling, controversial questions, and his answers might well unsettle and challenge readers. To Anderson, monogamy is a bankrupt illusion foisted on young men and Read more...

 
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