It has been found that the institution of marriage was meant to put an end to STDs in the early farming community.
Marriage is the ultimate romantic gesture. Marriage is the knot there is no untying. It is when two ones become inseparable two. However, believe it or not, this beautiful institution had its origins in an effort to avoid STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). A recent study found this rather dampening evidence regarding the origins of marriage.
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Only 3% of mammals have monogamous relationships between males and females. Scientists were left scratching their heads as to why this state of affairs began in human communities.
Sexual promiscuity cost the hunting gathering hordes (among which it was common practice) in the form of genital herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases.
So, the civilized farmers who came after them decided to engage in a little discipline between the sheets. It has often been thought that farming began 12,000 years ago, according to DailyMail.
However, now we know better. It actually began 23,000 years ago. As hunter gatherers settled down, they also began to prefer one partner over many in their marital lives.
Computer simulations showed that a large community that had outbreaks of STDs led to disastrous circumstances. Women’s fertility would also be hurt through these infections which were passed on via sex.
Thus polygamy gave way to monogamy no matter how monotonous the new arrangement was in reality. Ultimately, stability and fidelity won out over miscellaneous flings and affairs.
This was because it was safer and more secure not to mention much healthier in the long run. In hunter gatherer communities, a few men monopolized sexual relationships with many women.
Their sole purpose was to increase the number of offspring. Here since the population pressure was not too high, STDs even if they did break out didn’t harm much of the population.
However, all this changed with the agricultural revolution. STDs became the norm and spread devastation and wreaked havoc as they got disseminated throughout the large community of individuals.
Since modern day medicines were not available way back then, the STDs proved to be a scourge that could not be erased from the society. Monogamy also suited males who wanted to preserve their lineage.
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Thus began the institution of marriage. Sexual behavior changed for better or for worse and we haven’t looked back as a species. Even today 95% of the members of society choose to marry at one time or another in their lives.