Polygamy or polyandry - a better fit for you?
Would you rather be a husband with multiple wives, or a be a husband who shares his wife with other husbands? Note - I said other husbands, not men. The role reversal of polygamy.Now state your reasoning.Thanks.
You're not using those terms properly. "Polygamy" means either multiple husbands or multiple wives. In Judeo-Christian and Islamic culture, it is often conflated with "polygyny," which is "one husband and many wives." but it could refer to either arrangement.
One wife and many husbands is "polyandry," as you said.
IMO, it's up to the people involved to see what works for them. The "one husband, one wife" situation is easiest to deal with legally, since it simplifies things like inheritance. But in cultures with different legal systems, you'll see those other set-ups. and they worked well for thousands of years before the Christian missionaries showed up.
Thanks for correction on polygamy. The tendency throughout history has been 1 man with multiple wives, but polyandry could surge in this enlightened age. Monogamy hasn't been all that successful of late.
The "men" thing just made it easier to explain. Honestly I'd rather hear female opinion on this, but they seem in short supply.
Keep it coming, people.
And sometimes one is too many. Most times I could not live happily without her.
From what I have been able to see through the eyes of the reality TV that my wife enjoys, the man with more than on wife is a dictator who has his female companions and their children working for his betterment and only his. He wants to be king and since he can't command a country or principality, he commands a family.
And sometimes one is too many. Most times I could not live happily without her.From what I have been able to see through the eyes of the reality TV that my wife enjoys, the man with more than on wife is a dictator who has his female companions and their children working for his betterment and only his. He wants to be king and since he can't command a country or principality, he commands a family.
I think my wife watches the same show. Don't recall that name of it but the guy is trying to look like Sammy Hagar. I only catch bits and pieces of it. My wife teased me about it one day asking how would I handle multiple wives. I responded with a simple "OH HELL NO"
Would any of you men consider sharing a wife? ie. some other guy(s) to share the load. Any discussion so far has been focused on polygyny ie. 1 man with multiple wives.
But what about the opposite of that? Polyandry. History is full of polygyny, but not polyandry.
The reality TV show mentioned is sister wives. You won't find a show brother husbands.
Would/could your wife go for another man around the house? How would she react to that marriage scenario?
The reason that polygyny and monogamy were fixed in our culture was basically a legal convenience regarding inheritance. Men were the only ones with real rights to property and such, and a father wanted to be sure that those kids were his before handing down his estate. With polyandry, you didn't have that "guarantee" since any of the woman's husbands could be the sperm donor. (I qualify the term "guarantee" because it was entirely possible for unfaithful wives to get pregnant, but there were severe penalties for getting caught at it.)
In other indigenous cultures, notably native North American and Polynesian ones, the whole notion of inheritable property was a non-starter, so it didn't matter whose kids they were. Polyandry was therefore a reasonable form of polygamy.