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Polygamy

January 18, 2009
By Anonymous

“Two’s Company; three’s a Marriage.” It’s not a man and a woman anymore; it’s a man and five wives. Five wives…most men can only dream of bedding a different woman each night. There is no need to dream anymore, it’s the polygamist way. But what happens when a 52-year-old man marries a fifteen year old child…is that legal? No. Plural marriage is currently illegal, but in Steve Chapman’s article he says: that plural marriage will always be a “minority taste” and that legalizing polygamy would “bring polygamists out from the underground.” It may bring them out from this so called underground society, but it could also cause a mass epidemic of chaos.

Who would be crazy enough to want to share a house with over twenty wives, with an endless siege of PMS? Polygamy is of course, more attractive to the male eye. Legalize polygamy, for what? So that the female youth can be married off at the prime of their childhood? No! The 1800’s are over! We went through the revolution, civil rights, and women’s rights. Why take a giant leap back?

The bible clearly states that a marriage is between one man, and one woman. Not one man and multiple wives. Most men can’t even handle being married to one woman. The polygamist women are bread like dogs. They have to pop out children consecutively each nine months, simultaneously ending up with multiple children; most polygamist families adding up to over twenty children. An American household averages 2 children per family. How can anyone pay the grossly amount of college for twenty children? Hugh Heffner could.

Hugh Heffner the modern day polygamist. Teenage boys idolize Heffner with his player ways, becoming more and more socially acceptable; however, Heffner doesn’t have multiple wives, just girlfriends. It’s his last attempt to live his dream before he dies, so why idolize his ways. It is merely a sad story, the fact that he needs multiple women to keep him happy—just like polygamists.

Gay marriage is not legalized in America, yet many homosexuals still are “together” just not recognized as legally wed. Polygamy is illegal and yet still practiced, law officials simply sweep it under the rug ignoring many of the rapes, underage marriage, and abuse that goes on in the compounds. Law officials need to save these women, and not spread the mass disease of polygamy.


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on Oct. 29 at 3:28 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

You appear to have a very low opinion of men. Millions of men in happy, healthy, stable, loving relationships with their significant other beg to differ that "[m]ost men can’t even handle being married to one woman". There is no basis on which to make that assumption. Sure, divorces happen, but divorces can be instigated by either partner, no matter their gender, and divorces can also be a mutually agreed upon course of action when both members of a marriage agree that it isn't working out. And where is your evidence that polygamous women are "bread [sic] like dogs"? Women don't have to have se.x without contra.ceptives if they don't want to (yes, sadly some women can't access them because they live somewhere where they are hard to get, but as we are talking about relationship dynamics and not differing socio-economic statuses, for the sake of argument let's put that issue aside and assume we are talking about women in places like the US where contra.ceptives are easily accessible). If you are talking about abusive male partners who forcibly impr.egnate their wives and force them to keep the baby, that is present in monogamous relationships as well.

Finally, to your last couple paragraphs: "rap.es, underage marriage, and abu.se" are risks in any relationship, polygamous or monogamous, and even in platonic relationships. Polygamy is not the cause of those things.

People who are polygamous no more need multiple significant others to be happy than people who are monogamous need one significant other to be happy. Romantic relationships enrich life, but they aren't necessary to happiness, in both monogamy and polygamy. And it isn't some disease. Polygamy is simply another way to have romantic relationships.

on Oct. 29 at 3:27 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

Of course the 1800s are over! Claiming that we are devolving back to that time is just inflammatory rhetoric. Polygamous marriage is not "so that the female youth can be married off at the prime of their childhood", nor is that what if causes. It is so that people who love multiple people in a romantic way aren't forced to choose between the people they love when everyone is ok with everyone loving everyone else. Besides, child marriages are already forced upon teenagers without polygamy being in the equation, so there is hard evidence that polygamy isn't the cause of that.

The Bible isn't a valid reason to prevent polygamous marriages because not everyone is Christian and not everyone follows the Bible. While you might personally believe that God exists and that is completely valid, it is also valid to believe that God doesn't exist, and as there is no hard evidence either way, it is wrong to govern a large group of people under a religious standard that not everyone in that group believes in. The beauty of something like a law legalizing polygamous marriage is that it doesn't hurt anyone, it only helps. For people who believe that polygamy is a sin, they are free to choose to be in monogamous relationships, and for the people who embrace polygamy, they are free to be in romantic relationships that are fulfilling for them whether it involves one other person or more. Also again, I hate to keep bringing this up but *why* does this article act as if the only polygamous relationships that exist are between a man and multiple women? That is *not* the case.

on Oct. 29 at 3:26 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

What is your basis on which to claim "[p]olygamy is... more attractive to the male eye"? There is no evidence to support that. Without evidence it is mere conjecture.

Why do you villainize PMS? With the sentence " endless siege of PMS" you make it sound like this awful thing that no one would want to have partners with it. And sure, it's not fun, but it doesn't make women suddenly terrible to be around. A huge chunk of the world population aren't turned into emotional messes every time another month comes around. And again, why always from the man's perspective? This article acts like having partners with PMS is something so awful that it completely negates all the wonderful reasons to be with someone, or someones.

on Oct. 29 at 3:26 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

Legalizing polygamous marriages wouldn't create a "mass epidemic of chaos". More people would be able to legally build a life together, that's all. Legalizing ga.y marriage didn't create mass chaos, there's no reason to believe legalizing polygamous marriage would. This article jumps to extremes in its examples. Polygamy normally isn't anywhere near 20 different wives (which again makes me wonder why you only bring up one men with multiple women). It's often three people or four or sometimes even larger, but it's not the exaggerated amounts you mention. Although because there are over 7 billion people on Earth, it's worth mentioning that somewhere in the world there probably *is* the extremely rare relationship with 21 different people in it, and that is 100% ok. If that's what works for the people involved, well then great.

on Oct. 29 at 3:19 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

You are presenting a factually incorrect representation of polygamy. Why do you only mention 1 men and multiple women? Polygamous relationships *can* be one man and multiple women but they can also be one woman and multiple men or a mix of over two men and over two woman in larger relationships, or a man and a woman and someone who is nonbinary, or multiple people who are nonbinary, etc, etc.

on Sep. 29 at 9:08 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

Alright, I have stuff to do so I'm coming back to this tomorrow. Hopefully it will work then.

on Sep. 29 at 9:06 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

Alright, so it isn't that TI is flagging the words. Also I'm sorry about clogging up the comments with tests. I wrote a well-developed comment that I particularly want to post, so I'm just going to keep trying till I get it.

on Sep. 29 at 9:05 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

Still testing: polygamous, monogamous, monogamy

on Sep. 29 at 9:05 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

Ok... time to test something: polygamy

on Sep. 29 at 9:03 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

Alright, I think it's not showing up because its too long. I'll post it in sections. Again, if this is actually me posting it for a third time and the first two times I tried are about to show up having just taken a while to load, then my apologies.

on Sep. 29 at 9:02 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you'll get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

Huh, my comment isn't going through. I'm going to wait a while then reload and post it again. If it accidentally shows up twice due to my efforts to get it to show up, then my apologies about that.

on Apr. 7 2009 at 12:16 am
artofthedeath PLATINUM, Dothan, Alabama
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I have developed a recent fetish for hearing about polygamy. I think it's sick, but increasingly interesting. The church of Latter Day Saints has earned my respect, but not the people who live in sects, ruled by one sick person with "divine ability." Thanks for the entertainment. :)