Should polygamy be legal?

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

Polygamy should be legalEdit

Arguments forEdit

  •   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 againstEdit

  •   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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