One female is enough

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  1. Posted by RICanuck on February 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Does this mean they have to sell their daughters?

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  2. Posted by Jim on February 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I’m all for only one woman (it’s enough) but let’s stop this bullshit about trying to define what a “real man” is. I hear enough of that horseshit from feminists and spoiled women as it is. Let’s just say that any man who wants two or more women just enjoy being nagged to death. IOW, an idiot.

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  3. With the way that Western women are nowadays, one woman is too many — and she’ll prove it.

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  4. I suspect the appeal of polygamy to many people is not so much that it arises out of a particular ideology or rationalisation (though I suppose you could trace it back to some free love philosopher from the ’60s) but that it appeals to a certain sexual pride in men.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 1, 2017 at 4:33 am

      Well, yes. In Big Love, about modern Mormon polygamists, the husband is portrayed as a decent man, and a successful businessman. The role of the “other” and “the bad polygamist” is played by an evil cult figure. The Christmas 2016 issue of Fortean Times has an article on such rogue polygamists including Warren Jeffs. The article employs some arguments from evolutionary psychology to help understand polygamy.

      The character of Bill Henrickson (played by Bill Paxton) takes on his second wife (played by Chloe Sevigny, looking sulky) because, I think, he believes his first wife is dying. His first wife is played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, an attractive actress. I don’t know anything about the youngest, third wife, “Margene”, but she seems too young for Bill Henrickson. At one point, he considers taking on a fourth wife, but decides that he is only motivated by lust, so he doesn’t.

      He is shown having trouble keeping up sexually and having to take viagra.

      One finds oneself barracking (or rooting for Americans reading) for Bill against the Utah authorities who do not approve of “the principle” of “plural” (polygamous, or more strictly, polygynous) marriage.

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      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 1, 2017 at 4:43 am

        Australian actor Jack Thompson apparently lived with two women at once (sisters). In Big Love the wives are called “sister wives”.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3027023/Bunkie-King-speaks-time-sharing-actor-Jack-Thompson-older-sister-Leona.html

      • Yes I know about that. That relationship did break up eventually.

        Thompson just about had the charm to make it seem easy and natural to the media. Whether it was like that behind closed doors, well…

      • Of course there are mythological/historical antecedents as well that indicate polygamy is a very old human practice. Abraham and all those other OT patriarchs, etc.

        Not that, I think, the student sorts in favour of polygamy (it usually seems to be students, I wonder why) wouldn’t want to imitate these desert patriarchs in other ways…. the lives near starvation, the strict moral code, etc etc….

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 2, 2017 at 3:52 am

        Polygyny is common among human societies. Polyandry is rather rare. There has always been a tendency to polygyny among humans. There is genetic data that apparently shows that more women than men reproduced in the past. In other words, more powerful men have monopolised the women at least at some stages in human history.

      • It is an interesting question, just how monogamy rose as an ideal in human society and custom, and the extent to which it’s a biological imperative. If one of the main influences was the expense and effort needed to raise children, now that birth control is becoming much more common, will that over time be a cause for the rise in polygamy?

    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 3, 2017 at 1:59 am

      There is a view that humans are naturally pair-bonded in male-female bonds. But there is also a Manosphere theory that women are strongly hypergamous and in modern societies with strong social supports for single and divorced mothers, people engage in “serial monogamy” with men and women “trading up”, whether they actually marry or not.

      There is also talk of “Alpha men” maintaining “soft harems”: that is, a number of women effectively sharing one top male.

      Religious and social strictures used to ensure that each man got a bride who could wear white but a lot of men today reportedly have to settle for a woman who is settling for him after years of sexual experience with more exciting men. At least that is the complaint. I have no real knowledge because I am of course an older Australian man. Not a young fellow in New York or wherever.

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