It’s easy to feel like progressive morality is always advancing, sending the gods of the copybook headings heading for the hills and creating new gods in their stead. Writes dfordoom:
There was general agreement in American society about what was moral and what was immoral. Pretty much everybody agreed that adultery and homosexuality were morally wrong. There is no such general agreement today.
Homosexuality went from being disgusting to ignored to tolerated to accepted to celebrated in remarkably short order. In considerably less than a single lifespan it went from morally condemnable to morally laudable. Not so for adultery. It remains despicable:
Fifty years ago, three-in-four Americans thought both adultery and homosexuality were morally wrong. Three-in-four still view adultery that way, but the gay figure has inverted. Now three-in-four Americans view homosexuality as morally acceptable in at least some circumstances while only one-in-four view it as being inherently immoral.
After homosexuality and transgenderism gained widespread acceptance, I wondered if open relationships would come next. The institutions of power in the West have promoted it, but the push has so far been unsuccessful. That lack of success has been attributed to its association with Mormonism, but I suspect it has more to do with the inherently inegalitarian nature of polyamory. Same-sex marriage is ostensibly about equality. Polyamory is not.
Tangentially, the following table shows moral opposition to adultery by selected demographics:
Only among bisexuals does not viewing adultery as morally permissible but one in the (slight) minority, for obvious enough reason–bisexuals need either polyamory or adultery to do their thing with a clean conscience.
GSS variables used: HOMOSEX(1-4), XMARSEX, YEAR, SEX, RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10), RELIG(1-2,4-13)(3), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), CLASS, PARTYID(0-1)(2-4)(5-6), SEXORNT