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The Monogamy GapMen, Love, and the Reality of Cheating$
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Eric Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199777921

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777921.001.0001

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Costs of Monogamism

Costs of Monogamism

(p.117) 10 Costs of Monogamism
The Monogamy Gap

Eric Anderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines what emotional cost occurs for the restriction of men’s sexual activity with others after the sex in one’s own relationship grows boring. It explores the feelings of sexual oppression that occur when monogamous men are prohibited from doing what their bodies increasingly desire, and what negative relationship-harming emotions are generated in the monogamy gap. This chapter also draws from secondary sources to show how monogamy also poses a risk of sexually transmitted infection.

Keywords:   costs of monogamy, sexually transmitted infection, sexually transmitted disease, sexual oppression, monogamy gap

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