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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Monogamy

 

This ad by Hearts on Fire  is trying to sell you on the idea that diamonds will buy you monogamy, and that a “Hearts on Fire” branded diamond will buy you monogamy to the 100th power. Each Hearts On Fire’s round brilliant-cut diamond displays what is known in the diamond industry as “hearts and arrows”, which you will only find in ideal cut diamonds, and the company uses 100X magnification rather than the industry standard of 10X magnification for cutting and polishing their diamonds. They sell beautiful diamonds, but diamonds will not buy you monogamy. Diamonds also won’t buy you intense passion, strong chemistry, and good looks like you find in their ad.

But in a few years, there may be a pill which will buy you monogamy! Researchers found that the arginine vasopressin receptor 1a gene was associated with difficulties, for men, in maintaining long-term monogamous relationships. According to an article in the New York Times:

Among mammals, the sort of lifestyle that many 21st century humans idealize and strive for — a man and a woman living together for decades in a committed, sexually faithful relationship, rearing children together — is rare. Fewer than 5 percent of mammal species have evolved even an approximation of it. (The approximation is a couple living together as a social arrangement — so-called “social monogamy.” They may or may not be sexually monogamous as well.) Examples of the socially monogamous? They include Kirk’s dik-dik, a small African antelope; the fat-tailed dwarf lemur, a small primate from Madagascar; the prairie vole, a North American rodent; some human beings.

It’s a fascinating article, and really makes you realize how much of our behavior is probably based on instinct, although as humans we of course don’t like to admit that we aren’t really in control. But maybe with the help of science, we will develop congruency between our behavior and our values, which is key to happiness.

– Miss A

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