It takes a lot of confidence to be this ridiculous.
I wrote an argument for polygamy for NU Peple’s Magazine’s October-November issue (2014). It is now (finally) available online for you to read. You can mull over it here.
“According to the George Murdock Ethnographic Atlas, of 1,231 global societies noted, 186 were monogamous; 453 practiced occasional polygyny; 588 had more frequent polygyny; and 4 societies observed polyandry. As we can see, one of the most compelling arguments against polygamy is the strong tendency to favour men and objectify women, turning them into status symbols of male wealth, power, and desirability.
“But what if polygamy was polygamy in the sense of one being polyamorous? Loving multiple people? What if we removed associations of exclusively being linked to marriage as an institution and took it to mean multiple mating, as it does in the animal kingdom (yes, we are part of the animal kingdom)? A popular argument against polygamy is that it is unnatural. Interestingly it is actually monogamy that goes against our natural instincts. What else could explain our attraction to lots of different people, even if we are a happy half of a monogamous relationship already? Social conditioning has taught us that it is wrong to – at least openly – participate in a polygamous lifestyle and with that it has also been enshrined into de jure law. What if in practice polygamy was cooperative and empowering, the embodiment of ‘it takes a whole village to raise’ a child? What if no wife was favoured over the other and instead a spirit of sisterhood was fostered? If this were ever possible, perhaps polygamy would look a lot different to us. In countries like Senegal, nearly 47 per cent of marriages are classed as ‘group marriages’. In the global context, acceptance of polygamy is relatively common. Should we really be morally outraged by what two or more consenting adults choose to do with their lives and how they express their sexuality so long as they are not harming or potentially harming anybody?”
What do you think?
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