Aug 162012

The award-winning study “A survey of non-classical polyandry” by Katie Starkweather and her co-author Raymond Hames shows that polyandry can be found in more societies as previously thought.

It occurs worldwide and is mainly found in egalitarian societies. According to her results Starkweather maintains that “polyandry likely existed during early human history and should be examined from an evolutionary perspective.” Sex at Dawn” by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá.

Summing it up, Starkweather said in an interview: “This research shows that humans are capable of tremendous variability and adaptability in their behaviors,” said Starkweather. “Human marriage structures aren’t written in stone; throughout history, people have adapted their societal norms to ensure the survival and well-being of their children.” The institution of marriage will change, like it has for thousands of years“.

Starkweather goes so far as to say some aspects of U.S. society resemble aspects of polyandry: “In America, we don’t meet many of the criteria that tend to define polyandrous cultures,” she said in a statement. “However, some aspects of American life mirror polyandrous societies. Child support payments provide for offspring when one parent is absent. Life insurance allows Americans to provide for dependents in the event of death, just as secondary husbands support a deceased husband’s children in polyandrous societies.” 3.

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Notice: This article is translated – and some contents might have been added or left out to better meet the needs of an international audience – from an original article on one of my german websites or (engl:Polygamy is good for you). How i do my translations. Last updated: May 13, 2013 at 22:04 pm © Viktor Leberecht All rights reserved. Please feel free to share my content, but on republishing this post please provide a link to the original post, which happens automatically when you use Social-Sharing-Services. What do you think? Leave a comment here or send me a question through the contact form or the FAQ.

This article was mentioned by @IamOneBusyMomma in August 17th edition of IAmOneBusyMomma’s Daily Muse (through, which unfortunately does not seem to store editions older than three months, so the link might not be working anymore at some point)

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 16/08/2012, Last updated: May 13, 2013 at 22:04 pm  Polygamy Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  Add comments

  7 Responses to “Polyandry is more common than previously assumed”

  1. Naja… das läuft ja aber streng genommen darauf hinaus, dass jede Art von Sozialversicherung, die Kinder von abhanden gekommenden Vätern nicht einfach verhungern lässt, gleich als Element von Polyandrie gilt.
    Büschn platt, oder?

  2. Also erstens sollte man beim Thema Poly möglichst wenig streng nehmen ;-). Wenn ich es aber streng nehmen, dann sagt Starkweather nur, dass da Ähnlichkeiten bestehen, aber nicht dass es Polyandrie ist.
    Und Danke für deinen Kommentar.

  3. Ich finde den Zusammenhang halt ein wenig an den Haaren herbeigezogen. Unter diesem spekt ähnelt da noch so einiges, zum Beispiel kostenloses Babysitten unter Nachbarn, sofern es sich um das Kind einer allein erziehenden Mutter handelt.

  4. [...] This article can also be found in a translated english version on my english-language website How i do my translations. Stand vom: Sonntag, [...]

  5. What are some cultures where one woman has two or more husbands (polyandry)?…

    There is new scientific study about that

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