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Saturday, March 12, 2011

An Ally For Polygyny

Hugh Finnamore of Burnaby wrote in to The Province against the tendency to falsely blame polygyny for abuse…

The Crown's argument blaming polygamy for child abuse is as fallacious as arguing that all men beat women, that all gays and lesbians are pedophiles or that one man and one woman and their children is the only definition of a family.

Some men do beat women as some women beat women and some women beat men. Violence is the root problem rather than gender. There are heterosexual pedophiles and sexual exploiters as there are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered pedophiles and sexual exploiters. Pedophilia and sexual exploitation are at the root of the problem rather than sexual orientation.

Polygamy and polyandry have roots dating back thousands of years and they do not have a solid history of child exploitation and sexual abuse.

Thank you, Mr. Finnamore. Adults should have the right to polygyny and other forms of polygamy, and other forms of banned marriages. Blame abusers for abuse, not the freedom to marry.
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