According to a new article out yeterday from some researchers at my favourite sex university Rutgers (the state University of New Jersey – where they are always testing something sexy) "Men are more likely to be devoted and loyal husbands when they lack a particular variant of a gene that influences brain activity, researchers announced yesterday — the first time that science has shown a direct link between a man's genes and his aptitude for monogamy."
This is news to me since I am convinced that 90% of men, maybe 95% will cheat if they can get away with it. I've said it before, but evolutionary biology has taught us that men are programmed to want to impregnant every woman in the world, and they are thinking about sex every six minutes. The expectation is that they want a variety of women, and the challenge for most guys (being the loyal dogs they are), is how to get variety while staying married and not upsetting partners they love and the lives they like. All the while looking for like-minded women.
"The finding is striking because it not only links the gene variant — which is present in two of every five men — with the risk of marital discord and divorce, but also appears to predict whether women involved with these men are likely to say their partners are emotionally close and available, or distant and disagreeable. The presence of the gene variant, or allele, also seems predictive of whether men get married or live with women without getting married," says the Washington Post.
My research on The Ethical Hedonist is about "How in God's name do we deal with our instinct to rut and be kinky, while being the person we want to be?, continues to lead me into new areas that show me that attraction, monogamy, polygamy, or a love affair with a pumpkin are all programmed by our genetic material. This study doesn't give people a cart blanche to behave any way they want, but it does say that if a man's culture, religion and family background each have a seat at the conference table that determines his attitudes toward marital fidelity and monogamy, his genes might well sit at the head of the table.