To begin with, I’d like to know what you think about polygyny. Do you believe in the idea of a union between a man and numerous wives?
It may sound cool and all that but I believe they are certain people who are uncomfortable and irritated with the practice. If you’re one, please do tell me why you think so.
And then there’s polyandry. Similar to polygyny but in this case, the union is usually between a woman and numerous men or husbands.
Its usually accepted in some cultures. Few cultures. Why?
They believe polygyny is more acceptable and reasonable in the eyes of men. Why?
If you like the idea of polyandry, you can leave a comment as well.
Now, to delve into the post fully.
What Is Polygamy?
Polygamy is defined as marriage between one person and two or more spouses simultaneously. It exists in two main forms: polygyny, where one man is married to several women, and polyandry, where one woman is married to several men.
When Did Polygamy Start In History?
After the murder of Joseph Smith in 1845, Mormons migrated to Utah territory in 1847, and there, under the leadership of Brigham Young – who succeeded Joseph Smith – brought the practice of polygamy out of the shadows. LDS leaders announced plural marriage as an official Mormon Church practice in 1852.
Is Polyandry Legal Everywhere?
The legal status of polygamy varies widely around the world. Polygyny is legal in 58 out of nearly 200 sovereign states, the vast majority of them being Muslim-majority countries in Africa and Asia. Polyandry is illegal in virtually every country and strictly prohibited in Islam.
The key difference between polygyny and polyandry is that polygyny is the marriage of a man with several women whereas polyandry is the marriage of a woman with several men. … While polygyny involves multiple wives, polyandry involves multiple husbands.
Polyandry And Inequality
The final issue with polygamy is the gender imbalance. Polyandry remains illegal almost everywhere polygyny is practiced except for the Tibetans in Nepal, parts of China and Northern India, where fraternal polyandry is practiced, in which two or more brothers are married to the same wife, with the wife having equal “sexual access” to them. But polygyny is wildly accepted.
Quick Question: Why is polygyny accepted and polyandry illegal?
Does it have to relate to the fact that men are allowed to freely marry any number of women and women aren’t?
Is Gender equality an issue here?
My last post titled Am I A Feminist? dealt with some critical issues on equality. I believe this is even a better issue to look into.
My point on this.
I am monogamous from time to time but I support the idea of polygyny and polyandry.
Loving everybody equally is polygamy and I believe it’s a healthy relationship protecting the interest of women and children all around the world.
Polygyny is an endeavor to get more out of life. Why can’t polyandry be regarded and seen the same way?
If polyandry is illegal, polygyny should be illegal too. If polygyny is legal, polyandry should be legal too. That’s a good step to gender equality.
Like I mentioned in a previous post, we are too busy enjoying ‘labels’ than fighting for what we actually need.
There’s no need for feminism if we can’t bring some disturbing truth to limelight.
Shame on the society for treating women this way.
And shame of us for accepting this practice. What is good for the goose is so good for the gander.
Do I like Polygamy? Yes. Do I Support Polyandry? Yes. Do I support Equality?
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