As my readers can see, I have been no longer limiting my posts to just my family, but also included topics in the news, especially since the court case in BC has begun. There are way too many victims of "monogamy" to just keep silent.
After the Holiday Season, I will get back to blogging.
But, to tide everyone over, here's an interesting idea from NCBI/PubMed.gov/U.S. National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12027028)
Alcohol use and serial monogamy as risks for sexually transmitted diseases in young adults.
Corbin WR, Fromme K.
Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin 78712, USA.
Alcohol and condom use were assessed using global, situational, and event-level analyses in a sample of young adults (N = 305). Results varied by methodology, event, and partner type; an inverse association between alcohol and condom use was found only at the event level. Participants with strong sex-related expectancies used condoms less frequently when drinking at the time of 1st intercourse with their current partner. For most recent event with a regular partner, alcohol use was unrelated to condom use, but gender, relationship duration, and oral contraceptive use accounted for more than 25% of the variance. Thus, alcohol may increase risky sex early in a relationship, whereas partner familiarity and alternate contraceptive use play a larger role as relationships develop.
Here are some ideas from Stephen J. Dubner
Do We Drink Because We’re Monogamous, or Are We Monogamous Because We Drink?
He references a working paper the AAWE has just posted: “Women or Wine? Monogamy and Alcohol,” by Mara Squicciarini and Jo Swinnen.
Historically, we find a correlation between the shift from polygyny to monogamy and the growth of alcohol consumption. Cross-culturally we also find that monogamous societies consume more alcohol than polygynous societies in the preindustrial world.
It is an interesting article. If you would like to read it in full, check out http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/do-we-drink-because-were-monogamous-or-are-we-monogamous-because-we-drink/
The ironic part is that there are some very serious and evidential psychological associations between abuse and alcoholism. It does not take a psychologist to see the connection between alcohol use/misuse to run away from conscience and accountability. Alcohol has long been used to dampen the conscience and lower inhibitions for the express purpose of obtaining goals which society and Jimminy Cricket would not approve. In fact, this is the only reason that people drink; to stop the negative/controlling feelings, and allow us to have what we could not bring ourselves to have otherwise.
When I return from my short hiatus, I will attempt to address some of these proven and documented associations, most especially how it applies to the self-righteous, mind controlling, abusive cult of "monogamy".