The discussion spawned from the now-defunct HBO series “Big Love,” which we were fans of.
Whenever there is news about polygamy, the discussion resurfaces among us.
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Historically, the uneven ratio led to polygamy as it became acceptable for men to take on another bride, usually sisters of the wife of a fallen brother, to ensure that these women were taken care of but more importantly, that the population within a tribe or ethnic group of people continued to grow.
Of course, there are a few exceptions, like in the some parts of India, Africa and Amazon, where fraternal polyandry is used to keep the population in check (one woman with several husbands can’t make as many babies as the reverse).
But I will say that although some say its Biblical, there has always been a much more important societal justification behind it, particularly the unequal ratio of males to females.
While it is true that at birth, the number of each sex are pretty much equal (at birth, there are 101-104 males per 100 females), war and other factors leads to females outnumbering males.
Not to mention the higher incarceration rates for black males, which also play a role in the decrease in the availability of marriageable Black men.
So with those statistics threatening the future of the institution of marriage, could marrying in the plural be the answer to not only saving the black marriage but also stabilizing black families?
Polygamy and Polyandry, which is the pairing of one woman with several mates, has a long history in the world — a history I won’t bore you too much with.
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Some friends, mostly women, and I have been having this on-going discussion about polygamy and whether or not we could see ourselves available to two or more spouses.