Polygamy could be part of the solution to the problems reported in the article “Female, Educated, can´t find a Partner” 1 in the german weekly newspaper “ZEIT”. It is interesting for international readers, as the situation of women in Germany has a lot of similarities to that of women in other countries with a modern western culture.
The article reports on an interview with Hans-Peter Blossfeld, who is probably the person with the best data about the situation of women in a modern western country, because he is the head of the world’s largest social science study, called the National Education Panel (Link to their english website) , that studied 100,000 participants in Germany over a duration of five years.
When it comes to mating, women still act according to old patterns
The title of the article “Female, Educated, can´t find a partner” sums up the situation very well. Blossfeld gives as reasons that women have changed their social position radically in recent decades, but in mating choices their behavior is still predominantly guided by traditional patterns: the man must have at least the same or a higher social status.
Men also in most cases follow traditional patterns, meaning their partner will have the same or lower status, but they have already adapted a bit more to the realities of our time and have fewer problems being with a woman with a higher social status.
Proposition for a solution according to Hans-Peter Blossfeld: Change the patterns of mating choice
Blossfeld suggests: (start quote): “Both women and men need to change their normative ideas of what is an attractive partner and a successful relationship. In women there is as yet no evidence that this will happen, at least not in this country. Men on the other hand seem to be more willing to change their patterns. “(End of quote) 2
Proposition for a solution according to Viktor Leberecht: allow Polygamy as another way of marriage
Some comments on the article in ZEIT suggested polygamy, but rather jokingly. In my comment (No. 178) “Polygamy compatible with democracy” (let’s see if they keep it) i pointed out that Polygamy could actually in all seriousness be part of the solution: “The family form of Polygamy has a rather negative image in our country, but it could actually make a valuable contribution: fewer singles, fewer single parents, more stable families, instead of high divorce rates “.
In the comment I also referred to the study of May 2012 by the economics professors David de la Croix and Fabio Mariani of the Université catholique de Louvain, according to which polygamy is compatible with democracy and can be economically viable for women. I reported about this study in the article: “Polygamy compatible with democracy – study by economists at Université catholique de Louvain.”
I would only like to add, since the study primarily focuses on polygynous relationships (= a man with several wives), it does not take into account that in today’s poly-movement women increasingly have several husbands. Also the possibility of homosexual or bisexual poly-relationships is not taken into account, about which I have written in this article.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.
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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 Viktor-Leberecht.de or Polygamie-ist-gut-fuer-sie.de (engl:Polygamy is good for you). How i do my translations. Last updated: March 6, 2017 at 20:14 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.