The history of marriage and other forms of intimate relationships

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There are more people who want to live a life that is more free, but marriage remains a very important goal as the ultimate commitment, says author Stephanie Coontz. Photo by Pixabay.

When it comes to intimate relationships one size does not fit all. Marriage and monogamy have a long history dating back thousands of years and even today value the emotional and financial security that comes with “tying the knot.” Research suggests however that happiness is not exclusive to those who are in monogamous relationships. Some people are happiest single and others choose many lovers. Polyamory or consensual non-monogamy is under increased scrutiny offering couples new ways to redefine their relationship.

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Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Andrea Brody