Monogamy is suddenly everywhere –

Monogamy is suddenly everywhere – or more to the point, discussions of monogamy are. Over at Barbelith, there’s a substantial debate raging about Monogamy vs Open Relationships, while the BBC discusses a New Scientist article that suggests that monogamy only evolves in species where the female is able to disguise whether or not she is sexually fertile. It is perhaps for this reason that those times in which a woman is least sexually fertile are stigmatised and have traditionally been a source of embarrassment to women. Quite what this means for gay relationships is something that I am unclear on – whether or not it is a social enterprise that is circumvented by the absence of a woman, or whether it is a cross-gender hard-coded (at least now) trait with genetic origins.