Monogamy, is it really one-size-fits-all? | Jordan Lyon | TEDxSurreyUniversitySalon


For thousands of years much of the world – the western world especially – have engaged in monogamous relationships, typified by their exclusivity regarding sexual and romantic relations. But how natural or fitting is this relationship type to human beings? Join Jordan as he explores this question in depth, drawing upon a wide range of academic fields including anthropology, primateology, anatomy, sociology, history and psychosexuality. This in-depth and challenging look at human nature takes the viewer on a journey from the dawn of humankind to the present day, and the conclusions reached are likely to both shock and surprise you.

A deep thinker from a young age, Jordan Lyon has long sought to challenge and question the established paradigm. A LLB Law student at the University of Surrey, he aims to change some of the ways that people look at the world, encouraging people to be taught how to think and not what to think.

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2 thoughts on “Monogamy, is it really one-size-fits-all? | Jordan Lyon | TEDxSurreyUniversitySalon

  1. I thought he nailed it.
    some will scoff at the idea but it's becoming increasingly difficult to justify monogamy and the default one and only way to conduct romantic and sexual relationships when the divorce rate is 50 percent in the USA 🤔.

    I was Monogamous for the first 20 years of my life before discovering what Polyamory was. for the past decade I've been polyamorous. I agree that there's nothing inherently wrong with monogamy but Polyamory deserves that same treatment.
    .it's not a one size fits all imo just like gender identity or sexuality. it's a spectrum. I happen to fall on the poly side and It would be a dream realized if I could be accepted at the same level monogamy is accepted.

    what's preventing this from happening? well…you. I've been on a date with 2 people at the same time and you'd be shocked how I was demonized for simply holding two people's hands at the same time while waiting in line to buy tickets at the cinema even though for Monogamous couples nobody would have looked twice.

    with awareness comes acceptance.

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