Chapter one introduces the subject by quoting verbatim the work of Liz Connor. This is to enable the reader to sufficiently capture the background leading to the write-up and discussion of the subject matter-that is, monogamy and indeed all over-structured marital arrangements rarely work. In this chapter, I set out to explain how I intend to use the instrument of logic to analyze and discuss issues arising from the subject matter.
In chapter two, the origin of the so-called organized family was discussed, and then went on to discuss types of marriage, that is from monogamous marital arrangement to varied forms of polygamous marital unions. The notion of informed consent within the framework marriage was discussed and the place of human freewill in marital unions was also analyzed within that context. The chapter concludes that where marital unions are over-regulated, it is almost impossible to exercise freewill in marital arrangements and this state of affairs has created avoidable marital challenges.
In chapter three, efforts were made to highlight issues responsible for challenges in marital unions often translating into divorce. Reasons and grounds were discussed from Western, Christian, Islamic and African perspectives. I argued that the over-regulation of the marriage institution, whatever the brand, is primarily responsible for global marital failure.
The fourth chapter of the book sought for solution for our self-invented and over-regulated marital unions. To achieve the goal I set out for myself, it was important to explain why marriages as we know them today could not possibly hold happiness for parties in marital unions. And it is for this reason that I conclude that sexual ignition would continue to elude parties in marital unions. It is the recognition of this sad fact that has resulted in all sorts of desperate solutions. I argued in this book why all those proffered solutions cannot sufficiently restore sexual ignition in marital unions. Based on the short comings associated with those suggested solutions, I developed the OML option.
Associate Professor, Bioethics, University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria
Peter F. Omonzejele, Ph.D. is an associate professor of bioethics at the University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria and he is the current Head of the Department of Philosophy in that institution. He is also the Head of the Bioethics Research Unit of the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre in Nigeria. He had his tertiary studies at the University of Port- Harcourt, Nigeria, Edo State University, Nigeria, the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and at the University of Central Lancashire, England. He specializes in cross-cultural bioethics. Peter is the author of the book entitled ‘The Ethics of Medical Research in Africa’. He is vastly published in international peer-reviewed bioethics journals with a clear research focus in reproductive ethics, clinical ethics and research ethics.