In one of the best ‘Sister Wives’ episodes ever, Kody Brown confesses that when he decided to go public with his polygamous family, he had no idea that he’d face backlash — I’ thought we were living in the age of tolerance.’
Sister Wives‘ Kody Brown gets kudos for ‘fessing up about his own naivety when he convinced his multiple wives, to go public, about their polygamous family, when he premiered the show in 2011.. “From the beginning we’ve been asking the public to see us as a normal family, to see that we were real people,” he explained on camera.
Not surprisingly, Kody, Meri, Christine, Janelle and Robyn have not exactly been seen as a “normal” family, what with polygamy not being a lifestyle choice for most people. “I was drunk on my own arrogance,” Kody now confesses about the decision to go public and not expect the criticism he received. In fact, his family ended up facing prosecution for polygamy in Utah, before the case was ultimately dismissed.
Nevertheless, the Browns deserve major credit for the show, which has let us inside their four homes and into the lives of their eighteen children, who are remarkably well-adjusted.
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Listen, while most of us women would not want to share our husbands with three other women, Kody’s wives are all consenting adults. And we’ve seen that none are exactly pushovers. “Kody has always said that we don’t have to stay here,” pointed out Meri. “But in some of my darkest times, I really didn’t want to be anywhere else.” Moreover, none has monogamy envy, “We don’t really think that the grass is any greener on the monogamous side,” added Christine.
One of the biggest myths that Kody and his wives said that they set out to bust with the show was that each wife served a different purpose, as is, “who’s the love wife, the sex wife, the mother wife?” Kody rightly slammed this derogatory view of his wives: “We struggle with people who think you’re only one quarter of a woman .You’ve stereotyped us because of your monogamous perceptions.”
Well, Kody and his wives may have zero regrets about their choice to live a polygamous lifestyle but so far their grown children have no intention of making the polygamous lifestyle their own. “I could never live plural marriage,” revealed Maddie, who now recently married her love, Caleb Brush. “I have to take into account his things and he has to take into account my things. We couldn’t manage three other people’s opinions.”
Oldest son, Logan, is also planning a polygamy-free marriage. “To be in a successful plural marriage, you have to be more flexible and let things roll off,” he explains. “That’s one of the sacrifices. For me personally, those sacrifices aren’t worth it. For my parents, they were.” For Logan, the commitment to monogamy kept his serious girlfriend, Michelle, from running, when he was first romantically interested in her.
“I knew that he wasn’t interested,” in living plural marriage, Michelle spoke out on the show. Luckily, she didn’t turn on her tail, because she’s the perfect match for Logan, according to sister, Maddie. “Their relationship is very sweet and gentle. He’s happy,” said Maddie. “I watched Logan put a lot into people who didn’t deserve it and they never gave back. But you [Michelle] give back more and more. You love him and he deserves that.” Aww! Looks like there will be another Brown wedding in the near future, even if it’s not polygamous.
So Hollywoodlifers, do you think that Kody was naive to expect most people to accept his polygamous marriage when he first launched the Sister Wives show? Let me know.