Having Multiple Husbands Can Be A Good Thing, Research Says
Mon, April 19, 2021

Having Multiple Husbands Can Be A Good Thing, Research Says

 

Several cultures that encourage having multiple spouses. However, in these said cultures, the husband is always favored. If the man is affluent, he can have as many wives that he wants, but a study by researchers from the University of California suggests that it might be time to let women have multiple husbands, too.

Science Daily, a website that features breaking news about scientific discoveries, reported that the research sparked controversy as it challenges the evolutionary-derived sexual stereotypes that surround the genders. The researchers, led by Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, UC Davis professor of anthropology, found out that multiple spouses can be a good thing for women, too. 

 

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“We can’t pin down the exact reasons for this finding, but our work suggests that marrying multiply may be a wise strategy for women where the necessities of life are hard,” Mulder said in the article. The research also found that if a woman acquired multiple spouses, they could avoid economic and social crises. It is also an effective way of providing for their young children. 

Cody Ross, the study’s co-author, also worked with the demographic data. With it, he found out that women who moved from one spouse to another have more surviving children in the span of the number of years that they are married. 

 

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On the other hand, if men acquired several spouses, they have fewer chances of producing surviving children throughout their married years. The researchers collected this information by studying 2,000 individuals from a small village in the north end of Rukwa Valley, where the people are of Pimbew and related Bantu ethnicity. 

This research was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, which has represented the works of Borgerhoff Mulder for two decades. Mulder noted that having high-quality and efficient spouses or multiple caretakers could help with tasks around the house and the management of their farms.

 

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