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Why Knot? New Documentary Explores Monogamy and Sex

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Monogamy is a topic that is not often discussed in our society. We acknowledge and accept it as blindly as we accept that the sky is blue. We never question whether or not monogamy actually works, where it came from, or why as we live in a world where you can find a hookup and order takeout together with the click of a button, we feel such extreme societal pressure to get married. We never wonder why after years of being with our true love we still have the desire to cheat. We hardly question how possible it is to separate a purely sexual relationship from a deep passionate love.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Dhruv Dhawan attempts to answer these questions in his upcoming film, Why Knot? As the eldest male in his Indian family, Dhawan has felt intense pressure to get married since he graduated from college, yet he never felt quite ready for the everlasting commitment of marriage. He decided to explore why we marry just one person by examining psychology, biology and history. He felt that he had nearly found his answer until in 2011, he met a woman who swept him off his feet.

His journey takes us through the history of a patriarchy, the biology of sexual relationships, and the possibility of having an open relationship. He takes a long look at whether or not it is best to follow our heart or society's expectations.

Dhawan's film is nearly completed, but there is still a bit of work to be finished. To help Dhawan finish his film, and to receive more information on the project, please visit


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