Is polygamy a feminist issue?

February 7, 2010 at 16:31 (Uncategorized)

If you break down the word ‘polygamy’ it can be described as a form of marriage between people who have more than one spouse.  The question debated is a difficult one on whether this is a feminist issue or not.  I would have to agree that this is a feminist issue.  

The Feminist Movement might have frowned upon polygamy years ago because they as a group were very much focused on gender equality.  I feel that they would disagree with polygamy from the point of view of women’s rights. 

If we look back over the years, women were treated unfairly and poorly while at times being forced into an arranged marriage.  They did not have the rights that the women of today have.  However even though we are now in the ‘naughties’ (2010) polygamy still remains a factor in some religions, cultures and countries.

The fact remains that some women are still treated badly in this day and age, being forced or asked to marry a man who already has multiple wives.  Some of these women are quite happy to go into a polygamist marriage and share their husband; however do they get and receive the respect and equality that they deserve? Marriage is a feminist issue because it’s about a sacred bond between two people where they share love, family and equality.  How is it possible for a man to have 4 or 5 wives and for him to be able to share all of this equally?

Being aware of the fact that within certain religions polygamy is accepted, this doesn’t change the fact that it’s a feminist issue.  The women involved in these marriages give themselves fully to the man and remain faithful and honourable.  The man would not be able to remain faithful to his wife as he already has many other wives

When a couple is married, they take a sacred vow which is meant to be shared between that one man and that one woman, where did it become alright to share that vow between multiple women?

Thanks to the feminists of the world, they have actually highlighted unfairness and gender equality and even changed things for women nowadays.



  1. Kerry-Lee Cockrell said,

    I like that you are able to so clearly define your argumenht in so few words. Food for thought for myself. Thanks.

  2. Wanika Rusthoi said,

    I loved your take on the topic Steph, and it was well written. I liked that you found one point and argued that point throughout your post. Well done.

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