Polygamy incarcerates women in unequal power relationships (Vancouver Sun article)

I agree with Hugh K.M. MacDonald. Therefore, I am posting this article. Thank you, Hugh. It’s always gratifying when men come out on side of the views of Stop Polygalmy in Canada. Mind you, we have a great legal team of three men and one woman, headed by Brian Samuels, who are doing great work for us.

Nancy Mereska, President
Stop Polygamy in Canada

Polygamy incarcerates women in unequal power relationships

By Hugh K.M. Macdonald, Vancouver Sun December 2, 2010

Re: Polygamy’s on trial? How about monogamy, Column, Nov. 23 and Polygamy as practised by adults not the real issue, Letters, Nov. 27

Pete McMartin and Tom Noort suggest that polygamy is, if not benign, not evil. I disagree.

The two types of polygamy — polygyny (one man marries two or more women) and polyandry (one woman is married to two or more men) — both incarcerate women in unequal power relationships with men. What McMartin and Noort seem to miss is that legalizing both forms of polygamy institutionalize of subjugation of women which borders on slavery.

Over the past three centuries, western society has slowly changed marriage from a male-dominated institution to one which, if not perfect, approximates equality.

It is difficult to imagine us achieving anything close to that with either form of polygamy.

Obviously, outlawing polygamy is not going to abolish the abuse of women, but institutionalizing it will endorse it.

Hugh K.M. Macdonald


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/letters/Polygamy+incarcerates+women+unequal+power+relationships/3915529/story.html#ixzz174Tafmue


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by deci on December 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Wow! So a woman living with 2 dudes and sleeping with both of them subjugates them and borders on slavery? I need to explain all that to my wife and some of her friends. They keep insisting that having multiple “husbands” would be terrific. Why is it that only women are “subjugated” if they have multiple partners but men aren’t? I thought men and women were equal but this implies that women are indeed the weaker sex.


  2. Posted by deci on December 4, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I wonder how Zoe Duff is going to react when she finds out she’s being “subjugated”. Same goes for some of our female friends…and all this time they thought they were enjoying it and having the time of their lives.


    • Posted by st0pp0lygamy on December 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      I shall not be posting any more comments from “wellofspam”, “deci”, or “k kin” and I shall be trashing your replies to articles, etc. There is a polyamory site you can go to and express your views! Your comments are becoming more insulting by the day. This blog is Stop Polygamy in Canada; not let the polyamorists clog up intelligent commentary on polygamy with their insults.


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