Polygamy Is Wrong

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Chrystal Robinson
Professor Iris Lancaster
English 1302
21 June 2013
Polygamy is Wrong
Some of the most influential and respected individuals in history had open marriages. Although research shows that open marriages create significant complications, couples who are non-monogamous believe it is essential for a successful marriage. But whatever the situation, an open marriage is not acceptable in society. There are explanations to why it is imperative that couples remain monogamous in their relationship. Polygamy is undignified, it is illegal in the United States, it is dangerous and it affects the welfare of the children involved physically and emotionally.
Marriage in the United States is a contract between one man and one woman
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Finally, polygamy is wrong because it affects the children involved tremendously. In Polygamy and Mental Health of Adolescents, authors Sami Hamdan, Judy Auerbach, and Alan Apter exam the effects of polygamy and suggests that the family structure has a substantial impact on the mental health of children. It states, “Several studies found that compared to their counterparts living in intact families with both biological parents, children from nontraditional family structures exhibited more aggressive and antisocial behaviors, conduct disorders, communication difficulties, and adjustment, problems. They also had a poor self-concept and higher rates of school attrition, sexual activity, drug abuse, and alcoholism”. (Hamdan, Auerbach, Apter 756) Children from polygamous families tend to have greater problems than the children from monogamous families. Show more
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Polygamy is merely an excuse for getting away with behaving self-indulgently and recklessly. It is a temporary escape for couples who no longer want to endure the hardships of marriage and no longer desire to put an effort into making the relationship work. It destroys the intimacy and trust between a man and a woman. The truth is couples need to think of the consequences open
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