Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Polygamy Doesn't Oppress Women

Inequality and iron-fisted patriarchy is what oppresses women, not polygamy.

Polygamy doesn't just mean polygyny, which is one husband with multiple wives, or as some Mormons call it, plural marriage. Polygamy can also mean polyandry (one wife, multiple husbands) multiple husbands and wives, and three or more people of the same gender in a marrital arrangement.

What oppresses women is denying them their equality with men. In other words, the "problems with polygamy" that those who want to deny the polygamous freedom to marry and marriage equality cite are problems with a general lack of equality for women in that community, not a problem with polygamy.

As long as a woman has the same rights as a man to NOT marry, to marry, to divorce, to be protected against domestic violence, to control what happens to her own body, and general equality under the law... then polygamy is not a problem.

A woman should be free to marry a man who is married or will marry another woman. She should be free to marry another woman, or more than one woman. She should be free to marry a man and a woman. She should be free to marry them even if they are a different race or if they are closely related. As long as all involved are consenting adults, they should have those rights.

Telling a woman she can't marry another woman or she can't marry the man she wants to marry because someone who won't even be involved doesn't like it... that oppresses women.

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1 comment:

  1. People should remeber that in the past woman was man's property and was oppressed even in the normal monogamic marriage.


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