I don't think the issue is being pro-polygamy. It is about the
personal choice of a woman to enter such a relationship. There was
considerable evidence, for a time at least, that divorce was very bad
for women. But we did not ban divorce (and that often was not even
the woman's choice).
At 05:19 PM 7/13/2011, hamilton02@aol.... wrote:
>I am curious if anyone on this list other than myself has ever met a
>woman who was in a polygamous marriage. Sandy's nonchalant and
>pollyanna attitude toward polygamy as though it is simply the latest
>household timesaver is shocking to me. Polygamy in the US is not a
>60s free love commune formed by a bunch of college-educated hippies
>seeking utopia or a babysitting club. It requires one man to be the
>equal of multiple women. So each woman is a percentage of 1. And
>it more often than not guarantees the women will not be well
>educated. Which mom is going to be the one who does the housework
>and babycare so the other mom can go to college or law school or
>grad school? Which one gets to be the slave while the others
>fulfill their potential? There are always rules about pecking
>order--first wife is most supported or last wife is most
>supported. This is a historical and worldwide phenomenon-- it is a
>fact that it is a construct that denigrates women's equality and child!
> ren's full potential in the vast majority of instances. Re-read
> Reynolds--it describes polygamy as a practice that leads to
> oppressive patriarchical rule. That tendency remains.
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