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Dear Ann Landers: Why do you come down so hard on married men who cheat? I don't understand why you believe monogamy is the only "right" way when it comes to marriage. If monogamy works, how come so many men cheat and so many women want divorces?

Many other cultures openly accept polygamy. Even the Bible says a man can have more than one wife. And in many countries, adultery is accepted and shrugged off as nothing to get excited about. The wife gets the financial support and social position, and the mistress gets the sex. This sounds like a fair exchange to me.

The truth is, there is not a woman on the planet who can fully satisfy the needs of a powerful male. When women quit asking men to make them the center of their universe and learn to accept a strong man's desire for more than one female companion, families will live together longer, more happily and with less rancor.

-- The Truth Hurts in Austin, Texas
Dear Austin: Men in biblical times had multiple wives in order to ensure an abundance of offspring because so many women died in childbirth. It was not a license to cheat.

I'm sure your approach appeals to a lot of men, but I doubt that the women in your life would go for it. And without their cooperation, you're not going to get very far. Of course, if you would like to live in one of those foreign countries that condones adultery, be my guest. Most women would be delighted to see you go. A few might even be willing to buy you a ticket.

Lawsuit over a hot pickle

Dear Ann Landers: If there is any question about whether or not Americans have gone "lawsuit wacky," this should settle it. A woman in Knoxville filed suit against a McDonald's restaurant for $110,000 after a hot pickle from a hamburger fell on her chin. Her husband is seeking $15,000 because he "has been deprived of the services and consortium of his wife."

What do you think of this?

-- A Reader in Glenville
Dear Glenville: In America, anybody can sue anybody for anything, because no matter how kooky, there is always a lawyer who will take the case.

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