You’ve certainly made a bunch of assumptions and decisions about what I feel and think. Why not just ask me my positions on these rather than assume you know. “Given that knowledge of paternity seems to be something you frown upon, Elle.” This one for example!

It’s fairly easy these days to prevent conception and to otherwise establish paternity if that fails. You don’t need enforced monogamy and sexual control of women in order to be able to determine it at this juncture. Virginity is essentially a social construct. There is no such biological things as virginity. Ergo, as I’ve already said, virginity, monogamy and the marriage bond are fine if people choose them but are not necessary for health and happiness.

Partible paternity is the norm in some places, and again, if that works for them and their culture, who are we to judge? If that doesn’t appeal to you, I suggest you mate with a woman who agrees.

And thanks for explaining to me how the advent of agriculture fit into the situation. I didn’t understand my own statements to that effect without your clarification.

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