I don't like polygamy - and I loathe the way polygamy works in many situations. I understand abhorrence for polygamy in our current culture and time, but I also think it's interesting to see attacks on it in our own Mormon history from people who think it's disgusting that anyone over 100 years ago could even entertain the idea. Not only is there the historical reality of it being so widespread, but many of those same people don't fuss nearly as much about serial adultery or multiple sexual relationships outside of marriage. I know people personally who despise polygamy and think of it as a great evil who are far less vocal or bothered by someone using willing women for nothing but sex - no commitment, no emotional attachment, just a body to use momentarily and forget.
doesn't escape me that such complete disregard for sex involving
commitment is much more prevalent in our own society than polygamy is or
ever has been - and yet polygamy (even when every person is a
consenting adult) is called a great evil while serial, non-committed sex
is accepted, at worst, as a moral failing. Polygamy is labeled a
terrible threat, while rampant non-committed sex is almost ignored in
similar discussions - even when the numeric and structural elements of such sex are polygamous in nature.
Again, I don't like polygamy, but I have worked with high schools and colleges for many years. Give me a
choice between polygamy among consenting adults (with no hint of coercion and/or eternal punishment for not participating) and what I know of the
sexual practices of many high school and college students, and I'll take that type of
polygamy every day - and twice on Sunday.
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