The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating (Sexuality) (Hardcover)

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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 sociology, biology, and psychology, Anderson identifies cheating as a product of wanting emotional passion for one's partner, along with a steadily growing desire for emotionally-detached recreational sex with others. Anderson coins the term
the monogamy gap to describe this phenomenon.

Anderson suggests that monogamy is an irrational ideal because it fails to fulfil a lifetime of sexual desires. Cheating therefore becomes the rational response to an irrational situation.

The Monogamy Gap draws on a range of concepts, theories, and disciplines to highlight the biological compulsion of our sexual urges, the social construction of the monogamous ideal, and the devastating chasm that lies between them. Whether single or married, monogamous or open, straight or gay,
readers will find The Monogamy Gap to be an enlightening, intellectually compelling, and provocative book.

About the Author


Professor Eric Anderson is an American sociologist at the University of Winchester. He is known for his research on sex, gender, and sport. Anderson is also the author of eight books, many of which document the development of pro-gay attitudes in young, heterosexual men. His work examines how thischanging culture enables heterosexual men to show love and affection more openly toward their male peers, and how openly gay male athletes are thriving in sport.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780199777921
ISBN-10: 0199777926
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: February 7th, 2012
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Sexuality