Should polygamy be legal?

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Polygamy is the practice of marrying multiple spouses. Worldwide, different societies variously encourage, accept or outlaw polygamy.

Polygamy should be legal[edit | edit source]

Arguments for[edit | edit source]

  • Argument for Everyone should be free to do anything that doesn't harm others. Marrying multiple people is a free choice between the parties involved and doesn't harm others, so it should be allowed.

Arguments against[edit | edit source]

  • Argument against When polygamy is allowed, polygyny (one man, many women) becomes more common than polyandry (one woman, many men), so in practice a polygamous society leads to a polygynous society, which violates the dignity of women.
    • Objection Polyandry could also violate the dignity of women through the mechanism of spousal abuse. Monogamy has been shown to violate the dignity of women in some circumstances.[citation needed] Therefore this is an argument against certain kinds of society independent of the parity of unions, not against polygamy in the most general sense.
  • Argument against Polygamy leads to some people having no spouses, which generates resentment and destabilizes society.
    • Objection There's also some people with a lot of money and others with none, which generates resentment and destabilizes society, but we don't forbid people from having a lot of money just because other people can't handle it.
      • Objection There are proposals to do just that, some implemented, so it is an inapt analogy.
    • Objection In a monogamous society, there's some people with a spouse and others without, and that doesn't cause particular resentment or social instability.
  • Argument against Polygamy implies that each spouse gets only a fraction of the time, attention, resources and love of their partner.
    • Objection This is true for all relationships. People have multiple family members, multiple friends, coworkers, etc. that they split time with. In these cases, having more members within a group is typically seen as a positive because it creates diversity.

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