Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Big Love and More Reflections on Polygamy

I found this article in The Atlantic about polygamy by Jennifer Percy and I thought it would be neat to share. The only thing that I could think about after reading this article was that if Polygamy were legalized then the access to desirable men would skyrocket because they would no longer be "off limits".

This article states: This inequality would create a subclass of poor, unskilled, and uneducated men:

In a polygamous world, boys could no longer grow up taking marriage for granted. Many would instead see marriage as a trophy in a sometimes brutal competition for wives. Losers would understandably burn with resentment, and most young men, even those who eventually won, would fear losing. Although much has been said about polygamy’s inegalitarian implications for women who share a husband, the greater victims of inequality would be men who never become husbands.

I'm thinking Hmm how is this so? How would it create a class of poor, unskilled, and uneducated men? What does any of those things have to do with marriage? What does not having polygamy explain the scores of poor, unskilled and undereducated men that we already have in our society. Let me see if I was a girl and I had a choice of a stable man with two wives or a bum without a wife what would I choose for my family. If it came down to pure economics, emotions aside I would go for the situation with the most hope for my offspring. However this is probably a primarily male point of view. I would think if anything it would force all of the immature childish children out there to get off their asses and make something of themselves so that they would have something to offer. Would you see abuse? I suppose you wouldn't see any more abuse than is present under our current monogamous structure. Even now if you listen to the lyrics of many pop songs it isn't even about longevity it is all about being faithful for the next week or whatever.

Now this doesn't in anyway detract from those who are monogamous by nature, just like it doesn't detract from those who are homosexual by nature, or loners by nature. What polygamy does offer is an avenue for "Less desirable" women, and I will leave that open ended because there are many women who feel that there are different factors that make a women less desirable most of which are Bull, but it does give them an avenue for happiness.

She briefly glanced over the historical articles relating to polygamy and ended with her own conclusion not delving into the deeper justifications/prohibitions of polygamy. Well after all she is an intern and her ink whip isn't that big.

1 comment:

  1. Salaams,

    Seems like she is unwilling to abandon her Eurocentric bias against other marriage forms and is busy waving the "go Euro's" flag.