The Corner

In Praise of Polygamy–Sorta

Michelle Cottle wants another husband or a fellow wife to help the current husband and wife with their chores. In part:

“In these households, as surely as in those of hard-charging careerist mommies, gone is the patient, attentive, supportive emotional rock of the family–the kind of woman whose principle job was to make sure that her kids, her husband, and her home were all running smoothly … It is into this breach that an extra wife could step. Better still, since the kind of multi-spouse arrangement I’m envisioning isn’t about maximizing the number of offspring, one could just as easily have a household with two husbands. Indeed, the key to this brand of polygamy would be to make clear up front that the second-spouse slot was for a woman or man specifically not interested in procreating. Where would be the labor savings in having two full families’ worth of kids without two full families’ worth of parents?”

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