29. Mai 2008


Ich habe ja sowieso großen Respekt vor Richard Dawkins, aber daß er nun der Polyamorie die Stange hält, das finde ich großartig. Vielleicht ist es ja ein Zeichen von kognitiver Dissonanz, vor allem Autoren zu lesen, mit deren Meinung man übereinstimmt, aber ich kann nur sagen, besser als Richard Dawkins es in seinem Artikel tut hätte ich meine Gründe, einen polyamoren Lebensstil zu führen, auch nicht zusammenfassen können...
[...]Returning to the original topic of sex outside marriage, I want to raise another question that interests me. Why are we so obsessed with monogamous fidelity in the first place? Agony Aunt columns ring with the cries of those who have detected -- or fear -- that their man/woman (who may or may not be married to them) is "cheating on them". "Cheating" really is the word that occurs most readily to these people. The underlying presumption -- that a human being has some kind of property rights over another human being's body -- is unspoken because it is assumed to be obvious. But with what justification?

In one of the most disgusting stories to hit the British newspapers last year, the wife of a well-known television personality, Chris Tarrant, hired a private detective to spy on him. The detective reported evidence of adultery and Tarrant's wife divorced him, in unusually vicious style. But what shocked me was the way public opinion sided with Tarrant's horrible wife. Far from despising, as I do, anybody who would stoop so low as to hire a detective for such a purpose, large numbers of people, including even Mr. Tarrant himself, seemed to think she was fully justified. Far from concluding, as I would, that he was well rid of her, he was covered with contrition and his unfortunate mistress was ejected, covered with odium. The explanation of all these anomalous behavior patterns is the ingrained assumption of the deep rightness and appropriateness of sexual jealousy. It is manifest all the way from Othello to the French "crime passionnel" law, down to the "love rat" language of tabloid newspapers. [...]

I, for one, feel drawn to the idea that there is something noble and virtuous in rising above nature in this way. I admit that I have, at times in my life, been jealous, but it is one of the things I now regret. Assuming that such practical matters as sexually transmitted diseases and the paternity of children can be sorted out (and nowadays DNA testing will clinch that for you if you are sufficiently suspicious, which I am not), what, actually, is wrong with loving more than one person? Why should you deny your loved one the pleasure of sexual encounters with others, if he or she is that way inclined? [...]

Even sticking to the higher plane of love, is it so very obvious that you can't love more than one person? We seem to manage it with parental love (parents are reproached if they don't at least pretend to love all their children equally), love of books, of food, of wine (love of Chateau Margaux does not preclude love of a fine Hock, and we don't feel unfaithful to the red when we dally with the white), love of composers, poets, holiday beaches, friends . . . why is erotic love the one exception that everybody instantly acknowledges without even thinking about it? Why can a woman not love two men at the same time, in their different ways? And why should the two – or their wives -- begrudge her this? If we are being Darwinian, it might be easier to make the case the other way, for a man sincerely and deeply loving more than one woman. But I don't want to pursue the details here.

I'm not denying the power of sexual jealousy. It is ubiquitous if not universal. I'm just wondering aloud why we all accept it so readily, without even thinking about it. And why don't we all admire – as I increasingly do -- those rare free spirits confident enough to rise above jealousy, stop fretting about who is "cheating on" whom, and tell the green-eyed monster to go jump in the lake?

2 Kommentare:

Anonymous Anonym sagte...

Hello Andreas! I found your blog a while ago while google-ing a bunch of things, your name included. I hope you don't mind what could be seen as a slight intrusion into your privacy. The internet is a wild place open for exploring, maybe too much! Don't worry I don't have your credit card numbers or anything.
From what I can gather from the translation you are a really amusing writer. This post in particular is very interesting. I have been doing research on Polyamory and different kinds of relationships for a while now and have considered myself poly for at least the last 6 months. I havent spoken to anyone in Austin with the same views yet. How exciting to find someone I already know who might be able to hold a conversation on it! If you're interested in talking about this later let me know, I'd love to.



Blogger Andreas sagte...

Sure thing, just send me an email!



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