The Dangers of Polygamy Argumentative Essay by scribbler

The Dangers of Polygamy
An argument that illustrates the harmful consequences of polygamy and calls for its abolition.
# 152713 | 2,751 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 21, 2013 in Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Sociology (General) , Criminology (General)

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The paper discusses the use of polygamy in many cultures and focuses on the growth of polygamy in the United States. The paper reveals that polygamous marriages are often an arrangement set up for welfare fraud, to rob a widow of inheritance money or to gain dowry money. The paper looks at "Big Love" as the most popular current depiction of polygamy and argues that polygamy imprisons women and children, promotes disease, promotes abuse, and leads to countless crime, abuse, and deception. The paper contends that if nothing is done about it, the practice of polygamy might become more and more tolerated until wives and children will be perceived as property, and national as well as global commerce will be harmed.

From the Paper:

"Polygamy is a marriage of one person to multiple spouses. It has been used for centuries and in many cultures to thwart inheritance, protect wealth, and offer the capacity to serve in a commanding position over others. It is even thought to be successful in increasing the intelligence level of populations through selective breeding. In most of all polygamous relationships men appropriate dominance over women, even in dynamics of several men caring for and sharing a single woman, financially, emotionally, and sexually.
"Supporters of polygamy claim it offers women the chance for social and financial security and offers men the opportunity for an organized and inviting home and healthy, intelligent children. What polygamy actually offers is a cropping in communities of oppression, physical abuse, rape, incest, inheritance theft, welfare fraud, forced marriage, and underage childbearing. Yet "over three billion people around the world today still believe in polygamy" (
"Also according to, "An estimated over 100,000 people in the monogamous United States of America (especially the fundamentalist Mormons) are practicing polygamy secretly and illegally," and "another estimated over 100,000 people in the monogamous Western Europe are believed to be practicing polygamy secretly and illegally." This is a large enough population to have the ability to infiltrate and convert the minds of many Americans and Europeans."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Badawi, Dr. Jamal. (1998) Polygamy in Islamic Law. Retrieved from
  • Dobner, Jennifer. (2010, July 27) Texas, feds wait turns in polygamist leader cases. Retrieved from leader-convictions/
  • Big Love. Retrieved at
  • Polygamy Stop (2005) Retrieved from

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