Polygamy is, like, so hot right now. First there was the excellent TV drama Big Love and now, naturally, there’s a reality show about REAL polygamy.
How great would it be to have a wife. A proper one. One better than me. I reckon I’d be ever so grateful for someone to cook meals, do the shopping, supervise homework, organise the house, make sure there is fresh linen and fresh fruit. Not sure how I’d go with the sharing-the-husband part but there certainly are other perks.
Sister Wives is a reality show that began airing in the States last month and will no doubt be here soon. I’m guessing on Foxtel. It takes viewers inside the world of plural families – plural in the sense that Kody Brown (the “master” of the house) has three wives and 13 children. TV executives must have been thrilled to bits when Koby announced in the first episode that he was going to bring in a fourth wife into the home. As you do.
Kody Brown says the reason behind opening his doors to viewers across the world was to remove the secrecy of polygamy. He has done quite a good job of that by becoming a household name in the US. The reality TV show has even caused the state of Utah to launch an investigation as polygamy is against the law. But the family maintain that they are happy with the risk they are taking by airing their private lives – for the sake of their family and their kids.
Kody also spoke out on people’s perceptions that polygamy was just a way for men to have sex with multiple partners. “” If I wanted sex with a lot of women there is a lot of barhopping I could do,” he explained. “It’s not something I’m interested in. I’m interested in a family, raising my children. If it were all about sex there’s just other easier venues, way easier.”
Do you see any benefits to this? Apart from, you know, to Kody? Having said that, juggling the emotional demands of 4 women simultaneously couldn’t be too big a bag of fun….