An article in The Washington Post this week asks if the new social liberalism, i.e., majority acceptance of gay marriage, spells the end of monogamy. No, the author isn’t spouting off about gay marriage, she is asking about polygamy.
Now this got me to thinking…what does polygamy really mean? It means sexist pigs can have multiple wives, that’s what. Yes, I am biased on this subject. True multiple marriage has been practiced in some cultures, but its hardly something Americans should want legalized in The States.
When I was studying anthropology, we had many discussions on the topic of polygamy which was and still is practiced in several cultures. Thus, I am aware that some women like the idea. It’s for or sure many unthinking men do.
But true polygamy would mean equal rights for all, so hold your horses boys. Most women have the good sense to know polyandry doesn’t work well, which is why its never been popular. I mean, if you want to cook and clean for a house full of boys you can hire on at a boys school. And that’s saying nothing about servicing all those guys (yeah, yeah, maybe when you are a randy 20-something).
For many people, the logistics of multiple marriages would be a deterrent. One man gets his immigration papers, and he wants to bring several wives into the United States. Under the current laws he can’t do that.
One man has a job and expects employment benefits for all his wives. And think of the fight over the Social Security check later on. There’s a reason only rich men have multiple wives in polygamous societies.
Ah well, you get the idea…its been tried here, and won’t work in the U.S. Thank goodness The States regulate marriage. We will see what the Supreme Court says about DOMA in the next few weeks.