Belgium in Brief: Polyamory, the more the merrier?

Belgium in Brief: Polyamory, the more the merrier?
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It's not long ago that societies were founded on the notion of a nuclear family, the parents an embodiment of values and expectations reflected in communities more widely. Social scientists often draw parallels between the domestic structure and how this reinforces broader hierarchies.

But with the push for gender equality leading to questions about traditional gender roles, the notion that monogamous partnerships should be the cornerstone of civic living has been superseded. Not only is the perspective on families more progressive, attitudes towards amorous relationships have been liberalised.

This isn't simply a greater acceptance of divorce as a frequent (if unfortunate) outcome of marriage, but engaging with numerous partners is now conscionable where not long ago it would be taboo. Of course, secretive affairs remain deplorable, yet Belgians are increasingly open to polyamory.

Could this spell the end for love undivided? Certainly, the high rate of divorce in Europe (in Belgium 50%) indicates that monogamy is an unsatisfactory demand; and that's without accounting for those who are unhappy in marriage. Might an association with several people be the solution to a fulfilling love life? Even if your partner really is "one in a million", that leaves another 7,999 eligible soulmates out there...

Are you still looking for "the one"? Or have you flirted with the idea of multiple engagements at once? Or is it all just too much effort?

Let @Orlando_tbt know.

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