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What is the significance of monogamy? Our primitives were polygamous, so how did monogamy come into existence?

Do people suffer in love because we weren't supposed to be monogamous?
tynamite's avatar In the olden days and the most part of 40,000 years, women could not work, so they were forced to pair up with men in order to survive. Because of this, men had sexual leverage over a woman, so the richer men would have multiple women as they could afford it. As women had to use a man's resources or die, it was common for women to share the same man, the same richer man.

The poorer men found it unfair that richer men had multiple women as they had none, so polygamy got made illegal in order to ration women amongst single males and prostitution got made illegal for that very reason. Under monogamy, women are forced to pick lower quality single males, most whom can't attract a single mate, and on the flip side, the rich males could not have multiple women or pay for them any more. This market distortion helped the poor. The only legal alternative was government endorsed marriage, which had women selling their bodies at a cheaper price than prostitution. Thinking about it, you can see how monogamy helped men in the past, at the expense of women's freedoms. The rich men could not and still can't pay for or have multiple women without risking his reputation, which in turn helps the poor majority.

Monogamy was invented in the past to protect men, at the expense of women's freedoms, as under polygamy, in the past, women would have shared the same man instead of have multiple men, due to economic reasons.

Now women are allowed to work, whether women would share the same man instead of have multiple men, today if polygamy was legalised, is debatable, but in the past it was a certainty.

There being no such thing as contraception or DNA tests is a major factor in monogamy, but not a major factor, as we were once polygamous.

The patriarchy helped men sexually in the olden days, and feminism helps even more men sexually nowadays, as women now have sex outside of wedlock and have casual sex for free.
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