by Greg Krehbiel on 16 February 2017
Scarlett Johansson says monogamy is “not natural.” (HT Instapundit.)
I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing. I don’t think that it’s natural to be a monogamous person ….
I agree. But I don’t think “natural” means either “moral” or “normative.” “Natural” simply means what we’d do without social and moral rules.
There are all kinds of things that are natural to humans. Stealing. Bullying. Lying. Cheating. Following charismatic but maniacal leaders.
Social rules impose monogamy on us because it seems to be the best way to reconcile all our conflicting desires and create a structure that benefits the most people. (See Eggs are Expensive, Sperm is Cheap for more on this.)
2017-02-16 » Greg Krehbiel