Thursday, June 30, 2005

ACLU Defends Polygamy

How low can the ACLU go, first NAMBLA, now polygamy, what next?

In a little-reported speech offered at Yale University earlier this year, ACLU president Nadine Strossen stated that her organization has "defended the right of individuals to engage in polygamy." Yale Daily News says Strossen was responding to a "student's question about gay marriage, bigamy, and polygamy." She continued, saying that her legal organization "defend[s] the freedom of choice for mature, consenting individuals," making the ACLU "the guardian of liberty ... defend[ing] the fundamental rights of all people."

Not surprisingly, but sadly, I couldn't find any statements of outrage on this position by NOW or the Feminist Majority. Polygamy is a feminist issue, so why the silence? Try as we might to change it, the fact remains that men & women are different. Where there is polygamy, it is overwhelmingly, one man & multiple wives. As it is women who experience pregnancy, they tend to have a higher stake in the future of their offspring.

The status of women in polygamous societies should be instructive. Perhaps one of the reasons for the misogyny of terrorists is the constant exposure to the degradation of their mothers. Polygamy reduces the relationship between a husband & wife to that of one between a sperm donor with a bank account, & a maid & concubine. Marriage becomes a set of transactions rather than a relationship based on love, trust & commitment. Trophy wifeism is bad; trophy heramism is worse- much worse.

Even when the woman is far wealthier & more powerful career wise than the husband, she still gives in for the sake of the children. Just look at our Lady Madge. It is not a coincidence that the idea of women's rights began in monogamous societies.

Polygamy is disadvantageous for a majority of men too. As girls & boys are born in an approximately 1:1 proportion, polygamy means that some men will remain bachelors, by necessity, not choice. It creates a dearth of marriageable women in a society & drives the standards for marriageable males up.

The impact of polygamy on children is another important issue. How can it be healthy for a child to watch their mother be humiliated & treated as a sex object by their own father. I suspect that the Middle Eastern obsession with honor has its roots in the polygamous family. It also means less involvement of the father in the lives of his children. He will not only be unavailable to them emotionally, but also physically, resulting in children who grow up with out proper male role models. Could the resemblance between terrorists & inner city gang members be a mere coincidence?

The only groups that benefit from polygamy are wealthy men & their lawyers. Now that’s a match made in heaven. How could the ACLU oppose it?

HAT TIP: Kender

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