I recently came across an article that I will share with you. I found it to be so interesting mostly because it was true. The Mormon shift from polygamy to monogamy in the 1800s reduced sexual pressures on men by more than half, according to a new study. The change closed the reproductive gap between men with many wives and men with none. It also brought men’s competition for wives in line with wives’ competition for husbands.
The research also revealed that while polygamous men had dozens of children, the practice of having multiple wives (and thus sexual partners) had the opposite effect on women: For every wife added to the fold, the average number of children per wife dropped by one.
“The more wives a woman’s husband has, the fewer children she is going to have personally,”
When a man is married to more than one wife at a time, the relationship is called “Polygyny” and when a woman is married to more than one husband at a time, it is called “Polyandry”. If a marriage includes multiple husbands and wives, it can be called group or conjoint marriage.
Few thoughts found around the world.
1] it satisfies men’s sexual appetite if the sexual appetite is more in men/women.
First, not all men have sexual appetites. And second, men do not have to get married in order for their sexual appetite to be satisfied. In fact, this is the entire reason why men should not practice polygamy.
If men feel the need to have their sexual appetite filled, then they would not be in a commited relationship. This way they could have sex with as many women as they want. You do not neccessarily have to be in a polygamatic relationship in order to have your sexual appetite savored.
Therefore, this point in invalid.
2] if one wife cannot conceive, the man can marry another and have an issue. at the same time the infertile wife will not face divorce and the man has his offspring.the same thing can be said for women if the man is infertile.
There is a thing called adoption, is there not? If the couple cannot conceive, they can simply adopt. The man does not need multiple wives in order to have offspring.
Therefore, this point is invalid.
3] it will help those father who have more than one daughter. all of their daughter could marry the same man and may live together.
Once again, there does not have to be a need for polygamy in order for families to live together. You can just buy a big house and all live in the same house. You do not need a polygamtic relationship in order to live together.
Therefore this point is invalid.
With more than one spouse to the same person, it creates competition among those spouses. This can easily lead to violence. Ever had a jealous girlfriend? Now multiply that by however many wives you have. The family is going to suffer alot of stress and violence as a result.
With children, it is not good for children to see their parents fighting. It causes a lot of stress and mental issues, and can in fact lead children to have a violent lifestyle in the future as well.
Children may also have increased competition. They feel like they have to prove, “Oh, my mom is so much better than your mom.” This again, is not good for the child’s well being.
All these consequences can effectively be solved just from not having a polygamtic relationship.
Therefore, monogamitc relationships are better than polygamic ones.
C.2: It’s raining men
With so much wives to one man, this creates a shortage of women in the community. There are other men that needs wives as well. It is not fair to those men that they cannot have wives and conceive children just because some guy feels like he needs multiple wives, for example.
These men would not be able to get married and have families of their own.
That is why polygamic relationships are not good.
Therefore monogamic relationships are better than polygamic relationships.
What do you think?