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Monogamy and Non-Monogamy

This entry defines and provides examples of monogamy and non-monogamy. Monogamy and non-monogamy are relationship formations that are rooted in gendered and heterosexually imbued social structures and institutions. Monogamy is the exclusive sexual coupling of two individuals in a long-term relationship. Non-monogamy is the practice of an individual having multiple, concurrent sexual partners. Marriage is a social mechanism that distinguishes monogamy from non-monogamy. Marriage as an institution and social norm provides assumptions and relationship rules regarding monogamy upon which to compare forms of non-monogamy such as cheating, hooking up, polyamory, polygamy, and others.

Construction of Monogamy Through (Heterosexual) Marriage

Monogamy is defined as exclusive, dyadic sexual and intimate coupling. Those who practice monogamy sexually and emotionally commit to only one partner over some period of time. The ...

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