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.” 1 This supports the thesis of the book “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.” 2. That supports what i´ve recently written here in “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.What do you think? Leave a comment here. For your convenience you may either use the integrated comment system of wordpress in the first comment field, or if you prefer you may post with your Google+ account in the second comment field. You may also send me a question through the contact form or the FAQ.
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 Viktor-Leberecht.de or Polygamie-ist-gut-fuer-sie.de (engl:Polygamy is good for you). How i do my translations. Last updated: August 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm © Viktor Leberecht All rights reserved. Please feel free to share my content on Social-Sharing-Services. What do you think? Leave a comment here. For your convenience you may either use the integrated comment system of wordpress in the first comment field, or if you prefer you may post with your Google+ account in the second comment field. You may also 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 Paper.li, which unfortunately does not seem to store editions older than three months, so the link might not be working anymore at some point)
- cited according to the abstract at US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health ↩
- cited according to Multiple husbands serve as child support in some cultures.” ↩
- cited according to “Aspects of U.S. society resemble polyandry” ↩