Do you support it? Why or why not?
I support it as long as it involves consenting adults only, (it could be same sex or a mixture of male and females). I really don't see what the big deal is, if people can have an open relationship they should be able to have an open marriage. I wouldn't have one of these marriages myself but I do support the choice of others to have this if they want it.
More than one mouse is mice. More than one louse is lice. Thus, it follows that more than one spouse is spice.
Let's start with what makes it your (or anyone else's) business?
My mormon ancestors not all that long ago (a little over 100 years ago) had polygamous marriages. From the accounts I have read of my own ancestors, it worked well for some of them and others hated it. My personal feelings are mixed about it. I wouldn't be here if they hadn't done it so I appreciate that but I strongly don't like the concept as a practice mainly because it favored the wealthy males over everyone else. One of my ancestors was wise? and built separate houses for each of his 11 wives. He had 13 wives at one point but 2 divorced him. (It was possible back then but awkward) He was also one of the wealthiest people in Utah at the time. (Archibald Gardner for you history buffs) Anyway, I can't say directly how it has affected my family since it happened quite a long time ago but I do know of some majorly abusive types of attitudes of the men towards the women. My great grandfather (that I met when he was about 95) was a child of a polygamous marriage and he was a rather harsh-thinking human. Not sure if he was mentally ill but from stories I've heard he seemed to be. Well, all of this is a tangent but from my own personal knowledge and experiences, I really don't like the practice. People should love who they want to and when they want to but I don't think that a socio-economic system (plural marriage) that favors men so much over women and especially rich men over every other man/woman is a sustainable or moral position to take.
I would be curious as to the dynamics of the relationships in a polygamous marriage, and how that may affect any children in the future.
Tash, I will speak of the dynamics within my own family and obviously from a biased anti-plural marriage position. I think the relationship of the father to the children is what suffered the most. If any of you have had a strained relationship with your father because he is "distracted" by work, hobbies, etc., you can imagine if you have to compete with siblings that could number in the 10-50 or more range under plural marriage. Your father would be more like a small town mayor than someone you could have much time with. I don't think that is healthy for a child's psyche.
My family members generally have inherited what I term an "unworthiness complex" meaning they feel worthless no matter what they do with their lives. (Most are hard-working awesome people but don't see themselves that way) The self-loathing is systemic throughout my extended family etc. Maybe that is a mormon (religious) culture thing but I tend to think it could have it's roots in plural marriage as well. These are just a few thoughts I have on the future dynamics that I feel have happened in my own family. Let me know if you have any specific questions about it. :)
Polygamy would be harkening back to one alpha-breeder per community. Chimp style, gorilla-style.
I think we stick with bonobo-style and get what we can.
We would be genetically stronger with polygamy, and genetically more diverse with monogamy.
In Ireland the penalty for bigamy is two wives !!!
Nah Kyle is right, all that marriage is is a license, and it only exists so people who would have no place in your love life otherwise can come in and force you to do things their way. It's a proprietary tool owned by religion and the government, and it's used to sneak in and make you play by their rules. You can publicly express your commitment without a piece of paper too. In fact it's a much bigger commitment without a contract to "assure" it. And if you're an illogical monkey, then fine, you can even swear by "god." Doesn't change anything. But they say "Oh you need to get married or it's not legal/right/good/a commitment."
Same with polygamy and gays. The religious nuts are all hissypissy now because of gays getting married. It has to be "one man and one woman" they say. Why? Not everyone lives in the same fairytale disney prince and princess bullshit world as you do. There's nothing sacred about it either, it's a contract. But it's their rules.
If someone wants to have a relationship with more than one person it's nonya business. But they make it their business by saying you have to get married, on their terms. "And let's see if we allow it first, then you can get married and have the sort of relationship you want."
People should be saying "Fuck You, who asked you? And who said we want to be part of your bullshit contract?", but instead everyone is begging for them to allow it... ridiculous.
It's like being in the desert and having a backpack full of bottled fresh water, but instead of drinking that, you beg some dirty desert nomad to piss in your mouth.
By the way, when I talk about polygamy that includes women too. People always think about men having several wives. Well it works the other way too! And you know why a woman having more than one man is a good thing? Because the mere thought of it is pissing most men off - and that's a good sign. Whenever the majority of men are against something, it's probably something awesome. A great example are muslims. They're all for polygamy.. as long as it's only the men who get that benefit. FU again.
It's not a marriage. It's one person, usually the man, indulging himself at the expense of partners.
Seems more important (as a general value) that the promises you make with the people you close to are kept and that they're ones you can keep, rather than that said promises are made to a culturally-agreed upon number of people.
Assessing the societies where polygamy is allowed versus those where it is not, I would say that the latter is preferable. Of course, it's impossible to say whether the issues in the societies where it is allowed is due to polygamy or other factors, but I wouldn't want to experiment too much in case it is.
By weight of the available evidence I am against it.