Is serial monogamy the positive alternative to traditional marriage?

Lana - posted on 06/10/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Definition by dictionary.com states that serial monamy means:
A practice by which a person experiences a large number of short-lived romantic relationships or "flings." Those engaged in this practice probably have had numerous sexual partners but have not engaged in cheating or infideloutous behavior.
radical relationship theories have often argued that monogamy was always meant to be short lived, in contrast traditional relationship theorists have argued against serial monogamy stating that the possessive nature of some lovers, jealousy, loyalty, and aggression towards an attack against their relationship serves as a clear sign that humans were meant to be in constructive one on one relationships.

Would you ever consider serial monogamy a life style consider that it rarely adds in marriage, or a stable environment for a family? Do you find serial monogamy appalling? What about the theorists suggesting that monogamy was NEVER meant to be long term?

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Lakota - posted on 06/11/2013

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It doesn't work for me, but, to each his own. I think it is a very popular life style going on now.

Denikka - posted on 06/11/2013

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I think that whatever relationship situation works between people is a viable option.
For some, that's lifelong monogamy. For most, it's some variation of serial monogamy (most people don't stay with their first love/first sexual experience for their entire lives), for others it's some variation on polygamy or polyamory.

I don't think that a stable family environment has much, if anything, to do with the sexual relationship between the parents. I don't think that it matters much whether those parents are sleeping in the same room, or a couple houses apart. I think it has much more to do with their commitment to the family environment. I have known of many divorced/separated parents who have a much closer and, in my opinion, a much better family environment than many parents that I've known who have stayed in a relationship and in the same household.

So, as I said, I think that whatever relationship label (or no label at all) that works between 2 (or more) consenting adults is fine in my books. I think it's a completely separate issue from child rearing.

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