Polygamy, the practice of courting/marrying multiple wives or husband, is something that has gone as far bad as to the medieval age. Our experience as human beings generally shows that the art of polygamy just simply doesn’t work. It might seem all good in the beginning but in the end relationships like those can never stand the test of time. In the society one lives in today, polygamy is considered as a despicable act, due to the fact that polygamy, alone, goes against the beliefs of many religions. Also, not only does it degrade ones society but according to statistics countries that allow polygamy starts to really descend economically and eventually become unstable compared to those who don’t allow polygamy. In other words, under polygamy there is no balance. Awareness of such issue is necessary for ones country to continue to strive.
The Negative influences and Effects of Polygamy
Polygamy can be quite troublesome for both the ones involved in the relationship and for the country in which polygamy is being practiced in. “Polygamy in the U.S. was never truly considered to be an institution or anything legally recognized or something that the western culture found adequate or normative” (Polygamy in the US, 2011). However, it has been present for a very long time and still remains very present to this day. First starting with the Natives Americans, polygamy soon found its way with the Mormons when polygamy was announced as a practice of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1830’s and 40’s (Origins of polygamy among the Mormons, 2008). Of course it happens with any marriage, some arrangements worked better than others, and some homes were happier than others. Some wives enjoyed their polygamous lifestyle while many hated it. In the end, no one can truly stay happy with a practice as such. Polygamy, itself, brings along more bad than good. Polygamy Defined
polygamy comes from a variety of forms but the more prominent ones seem to be these three different forms: polygyny (where a man has more than two wives at the same time), polyandry (where a woman has more than one husband) and plural marriages, where a family is made out of multiple husbands and wives at the same time (Richman, 1997). Again, polygamy dates back to a very long time ago and was branched out all over the world. It was accepted quite well until the Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church imposed on rules limiting to only one wife. Upsetting the Equilibrium
There are twice as many bad things as good about polygamy, but there is an issue that just makes polygamy so intrinsically wrong. By nature the determination of a baby’s sex before birth is very much random/ is a very random event. Magnificently, the ratio of men to women in society is usually about half and half with the exception of countries like China. The sole reason why China has an exceptionally large amount of boys rather than girls is due to their one-child policy. Like most Asian nations, China has a traditional bias for sons (Wei Xing & Hesketh, 2005). Many families abort female fetuses or abandon baby girls to ensure that their only child is a son. This leads one to the issue. China already has an problem with an overpopulation of males, even with the banning of polygamy there are still many out there who practices it because polygamy itself has been popular in China for thousands of years and many are still determined to bring it back. However, polygamy is not and will never be a solution to anything and will only dig a greater hole for the population issue. The problem with polygamy, if this was to occur on a widespread scale, it would create very negative societal issues (Chapman 2013). There would be a few key people who would end up with multiple spouses. Assuming a man ends up having five or more wives. With a 50/50 sex ratio, that would very likely mean that there would be around four men without a wife somewhere else. If this happens on...