Feeld is proud to be a place where people can explore different relationship structures. This week, we wanted to turn our gaze towards monogamy: a mainstream idea that needs neither an introduction nor a defense, but which could benefit from some inquiry towards a deeper understanding. What is monogamy, and who gets to define it? Who practices monogamy, and how do individual experiences change our collective understanding of it? What are the cultural histories of monogamy, and in what ways are they evolving? What are the benefits of it, and which boundaries are upheld by its limitations? The week to come offers a dedicated deconstruction of—as well as an open invitation to reconsider—the concept of monogamous commitment.
Plenty of different people are on Feeld, for plenty of different purposes. Even self-described monogamous users are diverse in their identities and desires. To fully understand the landscape, Feeld reached out to people who themselves identified as monogamous on the app to ask them about their experiences with dating. Meanwhile, our analytics team mapped out a few areas of data that seemed particularly compelling, surprising, or otherwise illuminating. The results prove that there are as many different ways to be in a monogamous relationship as there are to be in an open one.