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the author of a book about prehistoric human sexuality argues that the norm of monogamy is mostly a relatively recent creation, arising after humans settled down and started farming. Very generally, his thesis is that pre-agricultural groups didn't really have a concept of ownership, whether of things or people, but that adopting a sedendary, agricultural lifestyle meant that women could be claimed by one man and reduced to a form of property. Even societies where men were allowed multiple wives were still monogamous, at least for the women.
I think the argument is probably a little bit simplistic, but I do generally agree with the theory that human beings are not naturally monogamous. Furthermore, I think there are reasons that monogamy is becoming more unrealistic in our current society. People live much longer than even a century ago, so the idea of having one sexual partner for 50+ years might be difficult for many folks. Furthermore, the greater level of freedom we all enjoy today (women especially) means that monogamy is now a personal choice, rather than something that is enforced by society and/or the law.
Like a number of human characteristics, our society has evolved in a way that conflicts with our biological nature.
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