ebrown p wrote:
if a woman was dating Man A, broke up with him and started dating Man B with no overlap, I would consider her both faithful and monogamous.
OK then. So someone who has sex with a different partner each night would be monogamous as long as she clearly ends each relationship by the end of the night?
No, I would say that sex with numerous partners during one reproductive cycle is not monogamous.
ebrown p wrote:
I would say it is one partner over an extended time period. In mammals, I would say that it would extend through multiple reproductive cycles.
The more interesting case is if a woman has been married to Man A for a long time, and is still married to him when she starts having sex with ("dating" isn't the issue) Man B.
By your definition about, in this case (assuming she waited the requisite "multiple reproductive cycles") the unfaithful woman would be, by your definition, monogamous.
Edit: I want to give the Prince credit for the first idea I raise. I removed the initial reference to avoid any unintended offense.
If she were married for years, dumped hubby and took up with a new man for an extended time, yes. If she returned to her husband while dating the new man, no, not monogamous.
I'm good with the Wikipedia definition:
Monogamy is the state of having only one husband, wife, or sexual partner at any one time. The word monogamy comes from the Greek word monos "μονός", which means one or alone, and the Greek word gamos "γάμος", which means marriage or union. In many cases, the word "monogamy" is used to specifically refer to marital monogamy.
How you define "at any one time" is the key. If you define that as "lifetime", then I think monogamy is rare, but I don't define it that way. I stick with my earlier post that a woman who dates one man exclusively, then starts dating another man exclusively is monogamous.