Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Brian wanted a little more information about why American was teeming with polygamists, so I thought I'd educate us all a little further. From HBO's Big Love website:

According to a joint report issued by the Utah and Arizona Attorney General's Offices, July 2005, "[a]pproximately 20,000 to 40,000 or more people currently practice polygamy in the United States." The Mormon Church officially banned the practice of polygamy in 1890.

Webster's definition: Polygamy \Po*lyg"a*my\, n. [Gr. ?; cf. F. polygamie.] 1. The having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time

This is fascinating: on www.polygamy.com - benefits to polygamy:

Benefits For Women

Automatic childcare in a sexist society gives women more effective choice to have a career without devaluing the role of homemaker.
Being able to marry men who are already married means that women can marry men who have already proved themselves, therefore minimising their risk.

Being able to marry the men who attract most women means they don't have to settle just for what's left after other women have the best pickings.

Having the possibility that a husband can remarry without divorce extends practical security to a woman. She needn't worry about losing her husband and income as she loses her looks, because if her husband is attracted by a younger woman, he doesn't even have to think about leaving his wife.

Polygamy removes the pressure on a husband to commit adultery, and removes damaging deceit from a marriage.

Polygamy provides a method where a woman can have a female friend for life as well as a husband.

Polygamy therefore provides more people and a better chance of meeting diverse needs.

Polygamy provides a potential for at least three adult incomes, reducing state dependance and the fear of unemployment.

Controls Placed On Men

If a man wants to have another sexual partner in a polygamous system then he has to meet his responsibilities - pay for any children produced from all his relationships without priority being given to those from a 'legal' relationship.
Polygamy removes or reduces the seduction of innocent young women - If a man promises to marry
her, he cannot use his existing marriage as an excuse for not fulfilling a promise.

Polygamy reduces the number of women who are available. Currently, with more women than men, this 'cheapens' women. With less women available their 'value' goes up. In other words, polygamy makes men have to try harder and do better with women if they are to win them in competition with other men.

And my favorite, the personal ads of families looking for extra wives:



So Brian, does this mean when you move back to the states we'll be doing Reno instead of AC because it's closer to Utah?


Anonymous Brian said...

What a crock of bullshit.

First of all, what married man in his right mind is going to want more than ONE wife!? Double the nagging. Double the college tuitions. Double the amount of times he can get stood up in favor of a book and a hot bath.


And 20,000-40,000 out of 280 million people in America is hardly what I would call "teeming".

Anyway, I much prefer the Chinese method. Concubines. THat's the ticket.

And about Reno... been there, done that. Got the annulment to prove it. (Just kidding Ann, if you are reading this. Honestly, she meant nothing to me.)

3:25 PM  
Blogger Jlyn said...

Okay, teeming is not the right word.

And I completely agree. One wife is enough. Brian, I'll try to find you a concubine for Christmas.

2:56 PM  

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