02/07/2013 12:11 pm ET

Monogamy Hasn't Gone Out Of Style

Recently, a friend of mine posted an open question on her blog asking her readers their stance on monogamy. She said that she wasn’t currently practicing it, but could see herself doing so in the future with an ideal partner. She wanted to know what other people thought about it. As I clicked the “reply” box to put in my two cents (“It’s awesome!” for those keeping score at home), I scrolled through some of the other answers and found that the vast majority — maybe 20 or so — from people more or less in my generation was some variation of “no way.” The consensus seemed to be that it was outmoded, that it didn’t work for most people, and that it was way too intimidating to undertake in the long term. I admit that I was a bit taken aback by the chorus of monogamy-naysayers (even if punctuated by the occasional “it’s the only thing that works for me”), though I can’t say it’s truly that shocking of a sentiment anymore.

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