Baby people are more like baby birds than baby mammals. To be sure, newborn cats and dogs are helpless, but this helplessness doesn't last for long. By contrast, infant Homo sapiens remain helpless for months ... and then they become helpless toddlers! Who in turn graduate to being virtually helpless youngsters. (And then? Clueless adolescents.) So there may be some payoff to women in being mated to a monogamous man, after all.
Careful to separate scientific description from moral prescription, Barash and Lipton still poke a little fun at our conceptions of monogamy and other kinds of relationships as "natural" or "unnatural." Shoring themselves up against the inevitable charges that their reporting will weaken the institution of marriage, they make sure to note that monogamy works well for most of those who desire it and that one of our uniquely human traits is our ability to overcome biology in some instances. If, as some claim, monogamy has been a tool used by men to assert property rights over women, then perhaps one day The Myth of Monogamy will be seen as a milestone for women's liberation. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Editors of Scientific American --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I think the book is a very good read if you're at all interested in the topic.
Overall, the book is rather tedious and repetitious and ultimately disappoints if for no other reason than its misleading title.
Open-minded individuals will love this well-written, accessible research and explanation of human and animal sexual patterns.
I found this book hard to get though and in fact i didn't finish it. The writing style is un-engaging, the odd flippant remark or quip the author tries falls flat. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chrystal Vondra
King James Bible--Ecclesiastes 3:19--
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they... Read more
This book is an interesting look at the sexual biology and behavior found in the animal kingdom including Homo sapiens. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Grattan
What I noticed first about The Myth of Monogamy by David P. Barash, Ph.D., and Judith Eve Lipton, M. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Heather Trahan
Much as books on this topic are needed and welcome, this one is of decidedly varied quality. For my money (not a biologist), it's a reasonable overview of biological literature on... Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by zvozin
Very scientific perspective of how polyamory is in our genes....would recommend this book for those struggling with the issues, but it's not a silver bullet.Published on January 9, 2012 by Holly Ann Swank
Great book. Comprehensive discussion of animal sexuality reviewing a amazing breath of animal behavior research that would be otherwise difficult for the non-specialist to... Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by M. Campbell
Tackling a topic of far-reaching social importance requires a thorough examination of the myriad facets that comprise any social/cultural institution. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Lisa Hotaling