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Our biology wants us untethered. So why does society place so much emphasis on monogamy?

Our biology wants us untethered. So why does society place so much emphasis on monogamy?

Monogamy is a mystery. A Martian zoologist, visiting Earth and noting our basic biology — not to mention our frequent philandering — would conclude that monogamy is not “natural” to the human species. So why is it so widely promulgated, especially in the modern Western world?

Of course, just because monogamy isn't natural doesn't mean it isn't possible or even desirable. Our species is often at its best when we do things that don't come easily, such as learning to play the violin or, perhaps, sticking with one mate till death do us part. But the question remains: Why does society urge upon us a lifestyle that goes against something so basic as our...

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