Introducing polygamy in the wake of same-sex marriage might not be such a bad idea, according to a writer who has criticized the “tyranny of the heterosexual couple form.”
Writing in The Guardian, Laurie Penny said she “can’t be the only one” who wonders if there are some positives to multi-partner marriage.
And commenting on a recent BBC radio program that predicted monogamy would lose its “moral monopoly” within 10 years, Miss Penny said: “Bring it on.”
She said: “Personally, I started practicing non-monogamy in my early 20s as a statement against the tyranny of the heterosexual couple form and the patriarchal nuclear family.”
Penny mocked warnings from opponents of same-sex marriage that polygamy could be next, and she remarked: “I can’t be the only one who wondered if that’d be such a bad idea.”
Penny, who describes herself as a “journalist, author, feminist, troublemaker, utopian,” made the comments in the wake of a BBC program on polygamy entitled Monogamy and the Rules of Love.
The program featured a number of interviews with people in polyamorous relationships, which are intimate relationships between three or more people at the same time.
Presenter Jo Fidgen questioned whether there is still room for sexual fidelity in a “society where choice is everything.”
Fidgen interviewed a “polyamorous family” who share a house in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
Charlie is a woman who has been married to Tom for six years. Tom is also in a relationship with Sarah, with Charlie’s approval.
Subsequently, Sarah and Charlie also began a relationship. Then Sarah got engaged to a man called Chris. And Charlie tells the program, “Somewhere along the line I fell in love with Chris and now we’re all planning to grow old together.”
They all admitted that managing a relationship with multiple partners can be exhausting, but they say, “We don’t have a choice. We’re in love with each other.”
In February 2012 a Guardian blogger, Martin Robbins, claimed there are some “economic advantages” for children having three parents.
“What’s wrong with polygamy?” he commented. “It seems to be that a child brought up by three loving parents would have some quite big economic advantages, and humans have cooperated in child-rearing since the year dot.”
To contact us or to submit an article, click here.
Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.
Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!
- Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
- Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
- God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
- Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
- HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!
Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details