Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sister Wives on TLC

I finally got around to watching the new show "Sister Wives" last night. I've only seen the first episode but enjoyed it enough that I will watch more.

It is a reality show about a family that practices polygamy. The man in this show has three wives and 12 (soon to be 13) children. He is courting a fourth wife. It was not your typical poly family that we have seen on the news where the women and girls all wear dresses and have long braided hair. The Brown family has wives that work, children that go to school and a more "modern" feel to it.

Even though I could not see myself living this lifestyle I totally could see it working for others. The sister wives made some very good points in the first episode, such as they have the security of knowing if anything happened to them the other sister wives would take care of their children. The third wife said she married more for the other sister wives than the actual husband. I could get that. What a great support system.

The children were all born AFTER the three marriages took place. So all the kids have grown up together as sisters and brothers. They all share a huge house but it is divided into three very separate spaces with three kitchens, three living rooms and lots of bedrooms.

I read this morning that the family is being investigated by police because polygamy is illegal. I wondered about that as I watched the show last night. It was a pretty big risk to put it on TV. The family said they knew the risks and thought it was worth it. I can't say I would agree. I'm sure the local authorities know it goes on but look the other way , it's kind of hard to do that when you're rubbing it in their face on a tv program.

Did you watch it? What did you think? Could you live that way?


Ashley Sisk said...

I've been watching Big Love on HBO for years so I was curious when this program came out. I thought it was pretty good and we really loved the quote "love should be multiplied not divided." Although we wouldn't choose that lifestyle, they make some excellent points. I was curious how long it would take for the law to investigate. I mean, it is definitely illegal.

Dazee Dreamer said...

I watched it too. I think its a bunch of crap that they are being investigated. But they do live in a small town. The State attorney general already said he wouldn't prosecute them. But then you get the small town do gooders that have to make themselves look good.

I would never, ever live this lifestyle. But I was glad to see that there are some polyg's that don't dress crazy and interbreed. I also don't agree on the polyg's that use the welfare system. I was glad to see that they worked, and their kids look like normal kids.

It will be interesting to see what happens now.

Bloggin in PA said...

I think its very very interesting. Its not for me and I dont agree with it necessarily, but I dont think they should be investigated.

These kids are being well taken care of, have good food, family that loves them and clothes on their backs. They are better off than many kids in our country for example men who have multiple kids with multiple women and never take care of them or pay child support. Those are the people the authorities should investigate! Also, I realize its illegal, but he cant possibly be legally married to all three women. They are married under thier church laws and own beliefs. How is it any more illegal than roomate living together?

Anonymous said...

I hadn't seen that they were being investigated! I had wondered about the legality of it but then I realized he's not legally married to any of them except for meri. The rest are basically glorified girlfriends, I would think, in the eyes of the law. I mean, they don't prosecute married men who get random women pregnant.