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Polygamy in Today's Society.

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Jonathan Timbers 799878 September 18, 2001 Final Draft Polygamy in Today's Society In the Unites States today Polygamy is against the law. It is illegal to be married to more than one person. Although there are some religions that do accept polygamy in the United States, it is not considered to be normal. The normal family lifestyle in the Unites States consists of one father and one mother. In many African countries it is considered to be normal if you have a family with one father and many wives. This is because of the social framework of that country. If every family in the Unites States had a polygamy family structure than it would be a normalcy. In the United States there is one major religion that permits polygamy. In Utah a branch of the Mormon religion wants men to have many wives at the same time. There are many families that do practice this by not getting married and just having a verbal marriage commitment. That is to get around the laws of the Unites States. When a polygamy case goes public their society is outraged. The men are considered to be power hungry and forceful. The society is left wondering how the women got hoaxed into living with other women and sharing the roll as a wife with each other. ...read more.

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In this case there is no way of finding true love or choosing the male mate that they feel is right for them and who they are attracted too. The women should go on dates and have relationship experience. It is unfair for these women to partake in this kind of treatment. They have no free choice and have their life made out for them with usually no way of escaping. Women usually participate in sexual demands, and are pressured to perform sexual acts through intimidation that another sexual partner does not do. In some cases men as old as forty or fifty marry teenage girls that are expected to produce five to ten children before they are forty. With all the negative aspects that go along with polygamy there are some positive ones. Because of this, many religions allow it and in many countries it is considered normal. Mankind has practiced polygamy for thousands of years. Many of the ancient Kings and rulers of countries were polygamous, some having hundreds of wives. One of the reasons it was popular in ancient times it because wars caused the number of women to greatly exceed the number of men. In a monogamous society these women were left without husbands or support so they felt it necessary to move in with couples already together. ...read more.

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It would actually bring in another income to the family for support. Polygamy is also beneficial to women because for every 100 women there are only 70 men available for marriage. By the age of 45 for 100 men there are 200 single women. ("Vital Statistics about Polygamy" By: Samuel Chapman) This means that there is a high rate of competition between the women. If polygamy were acceptable the number would be much lower. For women that say all the good men are already taken that won't be true anymore they could be shared. The man that is kind, caring, gentle and loving is the one that would attract the most women to them. The bad men out there will not get any wives because the women will not have to settle for what is left anymore if polygamy was acceptable. Polygamy does have its advantages and disadvantages. It could very beneficial to the Unites States society with the decline of the divorce rate and single parent homes. However, it will not be considered to be normal until it becomes legal and acceptable around the country. In the other countries where it is tradition and practiced religiously it helps out needy families with an extra income and help with raising the numerous children. It will be a long time before polygamy would be considered normal in our society although being very advantageous. ...read more.

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