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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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Liberation from Monogamous Missionary Sex

Liberation from Monogamous Missionary Sex

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(p.135) 12 Liberation from Monogamous Missionary Sex
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The Monogamy Gap
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Eric Anderson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777921.003.0012

This chapter explicates all of the research which proves that sexual frequency declines as a couple ages. It shows that this is related to relationship duration and not just a result of the natural process of chronological aging. However, this chapter also shows how changing notions of morality have, perhaps paradoxically, accelerated the rate at which a couple habituates to their monogamous sex. It suggests that men today grow habituated to monogamy quicker than their fathers and grandfathers did, and explains this as a process related to increased ability to have sex before marriage; increased availability of sexual imagery, and the increased social acceptability of masturbation. Thus, this chapter suggests that as our society becomes more sexually liberated, monogamy becomes a less harmonious fit. This process is described as relative sexual deprivation theory.

Keywords:   sexual habituation, relative sexual deprivation theory, relationship duration

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