‘Sister Wives': The Brown Family Battles Anti-Polygamists

Sun, September 15, 2013 11:19pm EDT by 28 Comments
Sister Wives Debate
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Pam Howieson

Posted at 2:09 AM on May 26, 2014  

I think they are a great family and all the people who only have bad things to say about them have the right to turn their TV. off. Their family is far more stable then most, and I say good on them. Can’t wait for next series to reach “down under”
Aussie fan x

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be beatrice

Posted at 10:03 PM on February 17, 2014  

Ok is it me, or is the author of this article completely biased?

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Mel

Posted at 9:11 PM on January 26, 2014  

I hate this show and feel sorry for the kids. Get it off the air.

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Jeanette Caddell

Posted at 4:47 PM on December 31, 2013  

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I don’t agree with polegamy as such ….but;at least with Kody he does Not control women and hey if I wanted to have more then ONE husband then that’s up to me. So I suppose u will pick on my lifestyle and how I choose to live it too,huh?? But : I guess people like u don’t really c what kind of man that he really is deep down inside. I guess it takes a “special” kind of person to c the good qualities in a person like that. Yeah I have seen the debate; but he is nothing like Warren Jeff’s who likes to CONTROL women.

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Beryl

Posted at 7:08 PM on October 14, 2013  

We in this country have got to stop making everything about men. It is sickening. What do women get ought of a relationship with a man?? nothing but her children. The rest of the relationship is shown to be one where the men make all the decisions while the women literally stay on their knees in subservience to him through, housework, agreeing with every word, cooking, cleaning, or satisfying him physically, That is why the world is so messed up. Women satisfy the men, but the men don’t satisfy their woman.
Men are generally, selfish and self seeking, wanting to control and dominate, their women who do not have a voice, but must remember the words, submit, submissive, bow down, obedient, respect, subservient, docile, etc. And all these words are written up in a big scoop of anti women articles on the internet, And what makes all so sad, is that more and more of the women in this country, buy into this crap. It is pathetic!

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Ehud

Posted at 10:08 PM on January 31, 2014  

ok, then become a Lesbian.

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jlb

Posted at 8:48 PM on September 29, 2013  

I am happy that I have found this article and the comments. After looking at the sisterwivesblog I am glad to see that there are opinions from both sides of the spectrum being posted here.
I think as long as the spouses are 18 or over then it is a choice and it should be up to the individuals to decide. We already lave laws to deal with people who abuse others. They just need to be enforced.
I find the Browns to be complicated but sincere.

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Kimberlee

Posted at 3:47 AM on September 29, 2013  

Just wanted to add…. I respect everyone’s right to read the Bible and form their own opinions, but our tradition of monogamy actually came from Roman culture, not the original Jewish culture of the earliest church days. Having at least a second wife was common in Jewish culture for several centuries after Christ, and continues to be practiced in certain places even today, I believe; certainly it was common at the time Jesus lived. But when the Gospel spread into Rome, Roman marriage law was strictly monogamous, unlike most civilizations around the Mediterranean, including the Greeks who also practiced polygamy. Our custom of carrying the bride over the threshold also comes from Rome. The white dress, the ring, the wedding cake, flower girls, the maids of honor, the veil (though they used a red one, not a white one) — all come to us from Roman times. And there is no Biblical verse I know of to substantiate polygamy as a requirement for getting into Heaven. On the contrary, Paul recommended people stay unmarried if they could, and firmly states for those that marry, each woman should have her own husband, each man his own wife (he was writing to Greeks at the time). The “churches” that use this argument, including the Browns, cannot be based on the Bible. They may have a spiritual leader telling them this, but not the Bible. Going to Heaven has nothing to do with marriage at all, but with faith first and then living to a moral standard.

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Kimberlee

Posted at 3:21 AM on September 29, 2013  

I didn’t see this show, but I live part of the time in a polygamous country. I do feel that any marriage arrangement (monogamy, one husband several wives, one wife several husbands) can “work” if the chemistry, character, and outlook of the individuals is right. But what I mostly see in polygamy is women accepting (or in the case of some groups, being forced to accept) sharing of a husband with other women for economic reasons. They don’t expect the same thing out of the relationship that a monogamous wife expects, and bear most of the burden of raising the children, housework, cooking, etc while the husband goes and comes as he pleases and sometimes even keeps mistresses. Meri was actually quite accurate… for women in polygamy, the other wives are a good excuse not to have to sleep in the same bed with your husband when you don’t really want to, but you don;t want to tell him that. I hope we never legalize it in the US. I would rather that those who want the lifestyle, go to other places where it is already legal and there are millions of others doing it. It’s no big deal there, and the Browns would be of no interest to any one and could just live in peace.

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jude

Posted at 8:16 PM on September 22, 2013  

I come from a Mormon background and after I left found out how big a part Polygamy was in early Mormonism. I have studied what the polygamy groups believe and it is the same thing that Joseph Smith taught. They believe that you can only reach their Celestrial Kingdom if you live Polygamy. These groups like, FLDS and other break off groups, have so much abuse, child brides and most of the families live in poverty. The men have little to do with their children. If you want to see the results of these groups, watch a show called Polygamy, What love is this?. There are many shows to view with stories from people who have left the groups. It is heart breaking the way the Browns are portrayed. This is illegal! I don’t care how they come across, but they have to be extremely jealous. I wish they could see this isn’t what they deserve. A woman deserves one husband, and this is not the way to Salvation. Please look into what these people in this groups go through Kristyn Deckers book 50 years in polygamy gives you an idea why see is speaking out. She endured a lot as a child, and after she was married. Other good books are
Stolen Innocence, The Witness wore Red, Brigham Young’s 19th wife~

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Kathleen Pratt

Posted at 8:13 PM on September 22, 2013  

I believe that polygomy is a choice people should be allowed to choose. I believe that it should be legal to do after the potential new wife should get to know the existing family so it doesn’t cause to much upset on the children. I wish I could have found a man like Cody & women like these to be part of my family.

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be beatrice

Posted at 10:08 PM on February 17, 2014  

Then call them to join them.

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Ginger Guthrie

Posted at 11:15 AM on September 17, 2013  

Kody is a horrible father, he never spends alone time with the children. Only the mothers are seen taking care of the kids. This is a poor excuse of a family. Kody is a man slut. Example, polygamy is said to be for procreating, yet, Kody told Meri, he didn’t want to have a baby with her. he contradicts himself by his words and actions. It’s obvious he favors Robyn. The children suffer the most, it’s sad…..

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Liz Fenimore

Posted at 8:42 PM on September 16, 2013  

Frankly, a person’s sexuality ought to be the least important or impressive thing…I see the anit- polyg people as shallow and bored with obviously too much time on their hands. Cody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robin are such amazing examples of humans and parents, it amazes me how anyone could throw stones.
I do not even interpret their reality show as attempting to “sell’ polygamy to the general public, but it is interesting how this family operates.
I am not following any organized religion, it’s not my thing.
But I totally see the benefit in plural marriage.
This family is hugely brave for putting themselves out there, and I applaud their courage.

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watergirl

Posted at 9:44 PM on September 16, 2013  

There is absolutely nothing beneficial about polygamy. The recent debate they has had quotiations from two of the woman saying that they have to do this because of their beliefs, or they wouldn’t do it otherwise. They believe they have to practice monogamy to please God.Their decision to flout their illegal setup on tv caused them to have to rip their children from everything they knew, and move to another state, causing nothing but heartache for their children. They were all broke and living on welfare until they got the money for the tv show. There is some heavy handed editing going on. You rarely see interviews with the children. You don’t hear their viewpoints on how none could possibly have enough time with their father. How does one many possibly have enough time to be a father to 17 children and make 4 wives happy? He can’t. Which is why you always see Sobinnn Robyn on every episode. You don’t see the competitions among the children. If they were so happy, why are so many of the kids opting out of it? Now when you see the TLC debate, I am sure it will make the Browns look good. Meanwhile those who attended the actual debate said they did a poor job of defending their position. No matter how much they claim that it is consensual. True equality would mean that the women would also have a choice of multiple husbands. But this is not the case with these polygamists. They have to have a certain number of wives and the wives have to pump out a certain number of children in order to get into heaven. Polygamy is nothing but a means to demean and control women. Because if this was really about multiplying love, the women should be able to multiply it with more husbands, too. Anyone who supports this needs to re evaluate their priorities.

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Trudy

Posted at 1:40 AM on September 17, 2013  

The two didn’t say they HAD to be in plural marriage because of their beliefs. They said they were in polygamy because they believed in it.
Some of the kids are opting out because they are given the choice from the get-go. They are not being forced. Not everybody is made for this lifestyle even if they are raised in it.
I’m not a plyg but I believe the Browns have something good. They have certainly changed my opinion of polygamy. Not all plygs are warren jeffs!

 
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ELISABETH HOULE

Posted at 9:04 AM on September 16, 2013  

I DO NOT SEE WHY AUNT KRISTEY HAS TO HAVE HER NOSE IN THE SISTER’S WIFE AFFAIR ANYWAY IT IS NOT HER LIFE, I LIKE WATCHING YOUR PROGRAME I NEVER MISS IT THERE IS ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT THILDREMINGS I AM SURE HER AUNT CAN WORK ON
SISTER;S WIFE STICK TO YOUR GUN AND KODY IS MAMAGNING PRETTY GOOD WITH ALL HIS CHILDREN AND WIFES

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Kate

Posted at 8:22 AM on September 16, 2013  

If all you can afford to give your husband for his birthday is a tub of popcorn, it’s time to get a job. LOL!

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barbara

Posted at 6:28 PM on July 7, 2014  

My husband and I have always worked, but there were times when money was short. My husband gave me one rose , that’s all he could afford. They must be doing something right, there kids are heading to college and don’t seem to be in any gangs or into drugs. There are a lot of family’s out there that can’t say that. I like the show.

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Jamie

Posted at 1:24 AM on September 16, 2013  

This show is horrible. Those women are so unhappy.

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Roxane

Posted at 1:30 AM on September 16, 2013  

Then why are you watching?

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Valerie

Posted at 6:17 AM on September 16, 2013  

If you can see happy, well rounded, successful kids, strong, unique women sharing the ups and downs of family life, and a devoted father as horrible and unhappy then it’s only because you WANT to see that; likely because you’re horrible and unhappy.

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Chris Godbout

Posted at 9:08 AM on September 16, 2013  

I don’t know what show your watching !!!!! This is one of the most plugged in families I have ever
had the pleasure to see.

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harmone

Posted at 1:03 AM on September 16, 2013  

I thought Meri’s response of it being “liberating” to not have to sleep with Kody every night was pitiful and sad. It would be liberating if you know that he is in an empty bed in the guest room alone just like you, not having another warm body next to him. These women exude low self esteem and I get their “denial” of being unhappy because I feel they have never experienced true happiness and believe they are happy. I respect religion and culture to a point as long as there is no physical or psychological harm being inflicted on anyone. There is clearly psychological harm occurring with not only these women but also their children. Everyone deserves to have a life partner who gives them 100%, not splits or divides it, we are human and jealousy, self doubt and feelings of unworthiness will become overpowering. Where is the fulfillment?

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Roxane

Posted at 1:28 AM on September 16, 2013  

I completely and respectfully disagree with your opinion. My opinion: I see a difference of culture and love that works for them, which is very far from being abusive. Please don’t get me wrong – I fully understand there are horrible plural marriages out there, but I have to say, I don’t see the Browns as one of them. Why should the fact that YOU don’t see how they’re getting fulfillment be an issue for THEM? Life is too short to go around judging and pushing your opinion on others. What I see: 1. loving parents (and I understand this is TV and what we’re shown is very edited – no, I do not know them personally). 2. Marriages with issues that are normal in ‘monogamous’ relationships 3. Marriages with issues that are specific to plural marriages (and I believe those issues are resolved in a very good manner). I enjoy watching their show because I see a bunch of loving women, supporting one another who share a husband. I find this amazing in today day and age.

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Valerie

Posted at 6:21 AM on September 16, 2013  

1000% agree with you, Roxanne. I couldn’t live plural marriage but that doesn’t mean I have to invent the drivel that woman is spewing and insist that a happy, healthy, close knit, supportive family is something other than that JUST because I don’t share their religious beliefs. Unbelievable how mean spirited and closed minded some of these people are.

 
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be beatrice

Posted at 10:26 PM on February 17, 2014  

@ harmone, thank goodness you and I have the same opinion about these people. Im incredibly shocked at how many women support this crap. I also thought Meri’s response was pathetic. Even when I send my husband to the couch I still miss him being next to me in bed. I guess that’s called love- something these women have no clue about. I understand they’re adults and all, but they need to stop confusing love and marriage with polygamy. I don’t care what anybody says, polygamy was created for the pleasure of men. The sad thing is these women atually do think that is what happiness is.

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