Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Polygamous Freedom to Marry is Feminist

I found this blog entry at a blog related to LSU law classes. The writer heard the creators of HBO’s “Big Love” interviewed on NPR. It resonated with the writer when the show’s creators said it was a feminist show.

Rather than focusing on Bill as the patriarchal figurehead, this show has centered on the lives and bonds of the sister wives. During the NPR interview, the creators stated, “But it’s always been a show about the bonds between women, about the way that women subvert power when they’re in [oppressive] situations.” If the intention all along was to create a show about women rather than polygamy, my question then is can polygamy, outside of the context of a fictional television series, be feminist?

Of course it can. Feminism is about empowering women and giving them choices. Full marriage equality, including the polygamous freedom to marry, gives a woman the power to choose her marital partner(s) and what kind of marriage she wants.
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