Friday, October 7, 2011
Kody Brown, His 'Sister Wives,' and the Return of Polygamy
Tinseltown is seeking to mainstream polygamous relationships. Having long ago forsaken the favorable depiction of monogamy characterized by such shows as the long-running Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966) and Father Knows Best (1954-1960), Hollywood producers are outdoing themselves in portraying polygamy as just another lifestyle that should be accepted by Americans.
HBO's fictional series entitled Big Love was one of the shows which began the polygamy love affair among Hollywood producers. The show was followed by the reality series Sister Wives, starring the perennially grinning Kody Brown. Brown is legally married to one wife, but "spiritually" wed to three other spouses who live pseudo-harmoniously as one big, happy family with sixteen children. He is the latest calendar pinup for the sexually liberated left, which seems hell-bent on redefining marriage to the point of eliminating it altogether.
The real polygamous Brown family, having replaced TV's fictionalized Big Love family as the poster-family for polygamy, are now suing to make their choices legally legitimate, seeking to decriminalize "consensual" polygamous relationships -- ironically, in Utah, of all places.
For those unfamiliar with the history of Utah, the state has been a stronghold of the Mormon faith since Brigham Young traveled to the American West in order to continue his and his followers' belief in polygamous practices without interference from the law. Young was husband to 55 wives, a few of whom appear in this photograph. He sired 57 children.