Monday, August 27, 2007

I DO....I DO, TOO.


As a fan of HBO’s BIG Love, I have to admit that I am secretly fascinated with the subject of Polygamy. While I have usually been monogamous in relationships, there is something very appealing about the thought of having another wife around to shoulder some of the burden around the house. When I was a single parent, I used to joke about needing a wife, not a husband.

Although Utah has outlawed polygamy, as has the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormons), there are believed to be 25,000 to 30,000 followers of ‘plural life’ in the state, and 37,000 throughout the western United States. Polygamy is part of the social structure of the west. Warren Jeffs, the polygamist leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints, formed in 1935 by a number of excommunicated polygamists, was arrested last year on felony charges for his part in arranging an underage marriage between two cousins – so obviously there are some very nasty goings-on in some polygamy sects. And the reassignment of wives seemingly on a whim is disturbing.

I recently watched some interviews with practicing polygamists. The women, appearing sheltered and subservient to me, all said that they loved their families and that sex was for procreation only and they were happy with that (seemingly). Hmm, that’s a drag. I’d like to ask if the wives are bisexual.

The one man interviewed, who practiced Polygamy for 20 years, and no longer does, indicated that if a polygamist male indicated it was not for the sex, he was lying.

But, now I question, why not multiple husbands? That would benefit a household more – dual breadwinners, for one thing. This question was addressed in a Polygamy forum I reviewed, and here is the answer one practicing polygamist gave:

“ In a Christian household, the man is the head of the household. If a Man has two or more wives, he is still the head of the household and has a set authority over his wives. If a woman has two or more husbands, she would have two or more heads in her household. There can be only one household. The authorities of the men would overlap. Who then would have the authority over her?....”

Um, religious belief or not, this seems just a BIT (sarcasm) Neanderthal to me, how about you, ladies? All joking aside, there are people who have suffered greatly from being raised in a polygamist environment and as adults have difficulties.

But overall, who wouldn’t like a little more help around the house? I’ll have to have a chat with Grimjack……..

2 comments:

Deathlok said...

Let's see. . . .how to put this . . . .Multiple husbands would end any South of the Border action. . . . . just sayin'.

grimjack said...

I'm thinking it took me 42 years to get someone to marry me. (And how lucky I am). Now you want me to find another one or two? Do you know how hard it will be to find someone else who won't say "Why are all these CDs here"?

If we do go the extra husband route, make sure he can do concrete work. And maybe some electrical. And is smaller then me.