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Thread: Polygamy: Why not?

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    Seems like the Corp would make a LOT more money if you kicked all the men out and restricted your membership to young, attractive females.

    Seriously - why would a nice, young woman of child-bearing years need to "buy in" to such an arrangement when men would be falling all over themselves to get you to join them in a "contractually agreed amount of time."

    Men and their absurd fantasies!
    I think that security, economic leverage, child care responsibility shared, and support for non-economic producing activities would all play a factor.

    The part I haven't worked out is what happens to the elderly.

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    I think that security, economic leverage, child care responsibility shared, and support for non-economic producing activities would all play a factor.

    The part I haven't worked out is what happens to the elderly.

    Have you ever read much Heinlein? The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, or Friday?

    Both had family arraingments similar to what you propose, but not with a specified time limit. The elderly were, as in the old days, kept and taken care of by the extended family.

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Have you ever read much Heinlein? The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, or Friday?

    Both had family arraingments similar to what you propose, but not with a specified time limit. The elderly were, as in the old days, kept and taken care of by the extended family.
    Ding, ding, ding!! That is exactly where I got this from!! I think Friday was the one that was most explicit about it although the Number of the Beast and the Cat who Walks through Walls were pretty open about it as well. I did add the time-limit thing myself.

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is my favorite book of all time and I keep hearing they are going to make a movie...

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    I think that security, economic leverage, child care responsibility shared, and support for non-economic producing activities would all play a factor.

    The part I haven't worked out is what happens to the elderly.
    That doesn't answer the question. Why would a young female need to buy in? This would quickly devolve into groups of old horny men (the ones with money and 'security,' etc.) putting out bids for contractual sex. And like the Eagles song goes...

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    That doesn't answer the question. Why would a young female need to buy in? This would quickly devolve into groups of old horny men (the ones with money and 'security,' etc.) putting out bids for contractual sex. And like the Eagles song goes...
    I am sure there will be some of that, and it probably would attract a certain type of woman, but there would also be more wholesome clan's, shall we say. Some women won't be interested at all. Like marriage now, it would probably be a good idea to get to know your suitors.

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is my favorite book of all time and I keep hearing they are going to make a movie...
    That's a shame. They haven't been able to turn a single one of Heinlein's books into a decent movie yet, and they haven't been able to make the movie resemble the book anyway.

    Heinlein boycotted Hollyweird after they botched one attempt, and only after he died was Hollyweird allowed another chance.

    Look at the awful mess they made of "Starship Troopers".

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    As long as the male/female ratio continues to stay so close to 1:1- and there's no reason for it to stop now- polygamy should not be legalized.
    What sense does that make? Where does the ratio come in to play?

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    That's a shame. They haven't been able to turn a single one of Heinlein's books into a decent movie yet, and they haven't been able to make the movie resemble the book anyway.

    Heinlein boycotted Hollyweird after they botched one attempt, and only after he died was Hollyweird allowed another chance.

    Look at the awful mess they made of "Starship Troopers".
    That movie was freaking hilarious! At least they got the co-ed showers right.

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Actually, I would say there is far and away more historical precedent for polygamy (which has been commonplace in many cultures during many periods of history), than for gay marriage (extremely rare even in cultures that were accepting of homosexual behavior).
    Check my initial link-laden post from earlier, It shows some interesting stats...


    nm, here's the link:

    http://www.eioba.com/a70153/monogamy_and_polygamy

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    Re: Polygamy: Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    I invite anyone with strong objections or support of polygamy to make their arguments known.

    • Do you think legalized polygamy in society would affect you in any way? If so, in what way and to what degree?
    • Do you think polygamy could help lower the divorce, juvenile crime or runaway rates; or improve academic performance?
    • If you can argue the polygamy brings increased economic security, how would polygamy affect the abortion rate?
    I have no problem with polygamy or polandry(sp?). The only problems I see in it is that the wives/husbands might get jealous if they are not open to such things.

    As for your questions...

    No polygamy would not affect me at all. No ones marriage but my own does.

    Don't know if it would effect divorce rates or not as it probably brings with it it's own type of stresses even though it would probably relieve others..so in effect it would probably balance out. I do think that it would reduce juvenile crime as there would be more people in the family to watch over and teach kids proper respect for people and property. Because of this it would more than likely reduce runaways and increase academic performance as more time would be spent on the kids.

    As for abortion rates? It might drop it some as I would imagine anyone that is willing to get into such a marriage would be extremely family oriented. Because of this it would probably be made up of people that want kids.
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