Another Chapter in my Defining Monogamy Series
In my last post, defining monogamy, I compared how lenient we are will infidelity in the animal kingdom when compared with the strict social constraints that we have within our human species. Now for a little bit of social fun, I created this little poll:
When I asked people on twitter if they would label a person who cheats as monogamous, non-monogamous, or other, it was instantly apparent that anyone could cheat and that the label of monogamy was just not valid. And I agree with this entirely. The reason I asked the question was to prove something that has always bugged me, non-monogamous people often get labelled as cheaters. You can discuss ethical non-monogamy till you’re blue in the face, but there will always be someone who says that if you cannot be faithful to one person then you are not with the right person and you should leave. Or that non-monogamy is just an excuse to get some strange and that you really are just a cheater or unfaithful at heart. The whole negative pushback is real, especially in the real world, which is why so many of us hide it. There are a multitude of people who, no matter what, will call anyone who is anywhere on the non-monogamous spectrum a cheater.
And this is a huge problem for me. As Dr. Liz Powell tweeted “People who are monogamous or non-monogamous can all cheat. Cheating doesn’t define your relationship structure”. And this is the rub, cheating doesn’t define your relationship structure, but if you cheat, then you are no longer monogamous. You are outed from that exclusive club. Well, that is what is indicated by the above poll anyways. Again, we are so quick to shout that if you cheat then you are not monogamous. But how many cheaters still call themselves monogamous? I would hazard to say most do. They don’t want to label themselves in the category of non-monogamy just because they had an indiscretion. That would almost be more than they could handle. They must keep working to remain monogamous, and learn to overcome the mistake that they made.
I am always fascinated by inconsistencies in our society. And in this case, hypocrisy is king. Is it a common held belief that to own that you may not be monogamous could be worse somehow than admitting that you cheat? Are there that many people out there terrified of a little self-reflection? Is it true of our society that cheating is almost an accepted action, but non-monogamy is still the big bad taboo? That we are evil outliers who are just having rampant orgies and sullying the sanctity of our bodies by sharing them with more than one person?
Let’s be honest here, if you are reading this post you are probably an enlightened sex positive individual, and I don’t make that statement to brag about me. Instead, I am actually trying to give you a compliment. You have taken the time to research something that you were probably not raised to believe, and you are now thinking outside of the box when it comes to your own monogamous upbringing. Wherever you land on the monogamous or non-monogamous spectrum is irrelevant at this point, because you have already asked the first question in regards to something most people take for granted, that everyone in our society is monogamous.
Now, to show a balanced view, I had one person mention that non-monogamous doesn’t imply cheater (thanks @justinaaverydc) but I think he is in the minority. Yes, on my filtered, sex positive twitter, many of us understand this. But in the real world? Nope. In the real world, we for some reason are lumped in with the cheaters. And in fact, I can shout ethical non-monogamy rhetoric until I am hoarse and still will get blank looks and snide comments that I am a whore. Or someone who is unfaithful, with disbelief that my partner would let me sleep with other people. This is part of the reason I no longer date single men, but that is a whole other topic.
Now at this point, I would like you to keep in mind how easy a subject like this is to talk about. We all have first hand experience with cheaters so we can talk at length about what our society feels is the correct thing to do with them. But I ask again, if you cheat, does that automatically make you non-monogamous? Why would we, on that end of the spectrum have to include cheaters as part of our subset? Is it fair that they are automatically relegated to our spectrum simply because those in monogamous land don’t have room for them? Are cheaters by definition non-monogamous? It’s a two- way street here. And it brings biases out, the whole which is worse? being a cheater or being non-monogamous with such labels as philanderer, slut, easy, and the list goes on and on and on…
So, I leave you with this one question, if you have ever cheated, do you still consider yourself monogamous? At the end of the day, it may only be your label that matters.
As usual, I have posted a few sexy, behind the scenes photo’s on my Patreon! Enjoy!