Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Reacting to Sister Wives from Sunday, October 6th

Last night, I caught up on this past Sunday's Sister Wives, and a few things seemed to be a little, well, strange.

I realize that people say things and they're taken out of context, but Meri (Kody Brown's first wife) made a comment about the fact that polygamy wouldn't be her first choice if it wasn't something dictated by her religion. It was sad, especially coming from Meri, because she goes through so much pain because she only had one daughter while her sister wives had many kids. Interestingly, in a past episode, Meri's daughter Mariah was the only teenager who said she'd choose polygamy. I wonder if that has to do with the fact that she wants a big family, possibly due to the fact that she fears that she won't be able to have multiple children if she follows in her mother's path.

On this week's episode of Sister Wives, the Brown family had friends over: Andy and Nicole. Nicole seemed very quiet and seemed somewhat uncomfortable as the families discussed polygamy. Andy and Nicole were monogamous, although they seemed very torn about it. While both said that they want to be polygamists because that's what God wants, neither one really seemed to want to add a new person to their family. They discussed their reservations, like bringing a new person into their family of eight, since they already have six kids. And, the pair seemed heartbroken by the idea of sleeping apart at night. Andy said that he knows it's God's will for him to add another wife to his family, but the idea didn't make him happy because he loves his wife so much. That just seems so wrong! Andy and Nicole are a happy, monogamous family that seemed to be pressured by their religion to expand their already stable, happy family.

Don't get me wrong - I have no problem with polygamy if all participants are willing to be a part of it. It bothers me that people would hurt their happy lives in order to bring in another wife to follow God's will. I believe that people should live moral and ethical lives, but not live in the fear of God or their religion. In Andy and Nicole's case, the polygamist lifestyle seemed to actually be a downfall of their religion, not something that they genuinely want to participate in.

In other random TV family news, Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting is pregnant with her 20th kid. Oh, my goodness.

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