Academic journal article Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality

Conclusion

Academic journal article Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality

Conclusion

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In summarizing the material presented in this report, the outlines of a pattern emerge, not only for this sample, but for society at large.

The traditionally post-World-War-II attitude towards monogamy was that it was the automatic expression of a committed relationship. Extra-monogamous sex was considered a violation of the marriage exclusivity contract, although, according to Kinsey, a violation far more permitted for men than for women. The result of these norms was to inhibit both males and females in their expression of polygamous desires, with the latter group being the more suppressed.

Beginning with Kinsey's more liberal population and moving through other more conservative groups, the various statistical surveys of the Fifties and Sixties in general bore out this impression of the then-current EMS standards of society. As the Seventies arrived, however, work started to indicate that important changes were taking place. The rate of EMS had begun to rise both among such formerly more traditional groups as women, and also among the young and liberal. These results have been considered here as a signal that a breakdown of the traditional monogamy/commitment equation was slowly spreading as a consequence of the sexual revolution.

In order to investigate whether this process would continue to expand further, the monogamous practices and attitudes of the readers of Forum magazine were examined here. …

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