This was a Christian sect with socialist overtones. Noyes challenged accepted notions of a family structure. Subscribers to the Perfectionist paradigm were each to be married to every other member of the opposite sex. Housing, work and finances were also communally operated and shared.
See also: The Oneida Community
Plato's American Republic: 'Complex Marriage', 'Male Continence' and the Selection of the Perfect Partner Were All Themes Propounded by a 19th-Century Cult in New York State. Clive Foss Explores the Influence of Plato's Republic on John Humphrey Noyes and His Perfectionist Movement
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