The pain and suffering of children in polygamy
Monogamy and polygamy are the two distinguishing types of marital structures that exist in modern society, each having differentiating circumstances encompassing their views. Societies typically set up clear boundaries for acceptable behavior, in order to maintain some degree of unity within the group. Although some behaviors that fall outside the norm might pass without comment, some groups differ significantly from the norm, forming sub-cultures. In many cases, sub-cultures that differ significantly are looked upon with mistrust. Polygamy is one behavior that differs significantly from the accepted norms our society looks upon groups that practice polygamy, such as the Fundamental Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) with suspicion and often with distrust. Polygamous marriage is common in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands, but is also known to occur in Europe, North America, and other Western societies [(Broude, 1994) (Vered Slonim-Nevo, 2006)]. Polygamy is more formerly accepted in the Arabic and African cultures, and is defined as...
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