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Old 07-05-2006, 8:46 PM
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March 2, 2006 In 2004, "Primetime's" John Quinones interviewed 17 women from Centennial Park, Ariz., who are in what they call "plural" marriages. All said their plural marriages work for them.

In their households, they live with one husband and anywhere from two to a dozen or more women they call "sister wives."

"And for us, it works 'cause we love it. We want it to work," said a woman named Susan.

The women are teachers, nurses, businesswomen. They are modern, savvy and if you ask them liberated.

Linda Earl lives in a multimillion-dollar, 30,000-square-foot mansion. She says there's plenty of room for more than one wife and many, many children.

"I'm pretty independent," Earl said. "I don't want to have to dote on a guy every night. I don't want to make sure that he has a meal every night. Let somebody else do it that likes it."

The kitchen is the size of a cafeteria. After all, there are dozens of mouths to feed in Earl's home from newborns to teenagers.

Thirteen-year-old Derek said he doesn't know how many brothers and sisters he has. "Nobody really knows, 'cause we don't count the numbers," he said.

They say they don't keep track of how many children live here because they are afraid the authorities might charge them with polygamy and break up their families. That's why there's only one "official" wife at least in the eyes of the law. The other marriages are only religious.

Not 'Mr. Hefner'

Another polygamous wife, Ann, said the sister wives get along well. "They're your sisters. You work together. You genuinely care about each other," she said.

But with so many women and only one man isn't there a lot of jealousy to deal with?

"Jealousy doesn't matter when it comes to a situation where he has committed to that woman also," said Sarah, an 18-year-old newlywed. "The woman who has been her husband's sexual partner has breakfast with her the next morning, she knows where her husband has been, she knows the children that come from this union, she loves the children; she loves that woman."

The man of the house is a wealthy businessman who did not want to be identified because it could cause him legal and financial difficulties.

"Let's just say I believe that multiple relationships are superior to single relationships," he said. "It's more compatible to the needs of the man; it's more compatible to the needs of the ladies."

He wouldn't discuss numbers, but a relative said that the man has as many as 15 wives and perhaps 75 children.

This polygamous husband also said the relationships are "serious and committed" his love life is not one big sex party.

"I think you're confusing me with Mr. Hefner down in Los Angeles," he said. "There are much cheaper ways to have sex than to maintain a plural household."

And he added that plural relationships aren't just self-serving for the man.

"It requires an enormous amount of effort to maintain any relationship try maintaining two relationships, or three relationships. It requires substantial effort," he said. "It would be easier to lie, cheat and steal, like you guys do."

He also said he doesn't know why the outside world views polygamy with such disdain. "It's possibly just the difference. I have a certain amount of disgust for monogamy, and total disgust for bachelorhood," he said.

And for the women, freeing themselves from polygamy is as easy as locating a set of car keys, he said. "I am unwilling to restrict who I love," he continued. "And if I have to choose between loving Sarah versus loving Dorothy, I resent it. And so I will make them the same offer, and if they want to participate, they can. If they don't, they don't need to. But no woman is going to tell me I can't love another woman."

As hard as it might be for the rest of the country to understand, there's no denying that the women of Centennial Park are passionate about their lifestyles.

"I would like to say I really do love the way I live," Susan said. "And I feel very proud, very honored to know each and every member within my household. I want to live this way for the rest of my life and for the rest of eternity."

I don't know what to say about this, but I am amazed it worked out. 99% of women would just end up killing their husband's other "wives" with jealousy.
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Old 05-06-2006, 7:12 AM
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Has anyone seen the HBO series Big Love? It's about plural marriage, and it takes a very multi-faceted look at it. There's the sympathetic protagonist with his three wives and their various children, but there's also a commune-like polygamist community with a weirdly charismatic leader and very sinister undertones. It's surprisingly good. I tuned in out of curiosity, and I've stayed because almost despite myself, I'm connecting with the characters, and that was totally unanticipated.
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Old 11-12-2006, 1:12 AM
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Old 05-06-2006, 11:44 PM
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I certainly think that people are able to be satisfied in polygamy. I don't think that most people will, because of jealousy and whatnot. That's also fine. Personally, we should just leave people be

Though I am waiting to see a special on the woman with 17 husbands.
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Old 06-06-2006, 8:34 AM
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I'm sorry to say I'm not convinced.

So I can't spend time with my husband today, because he is with my "sister wife" You're having a life.

And what about the children, how about how this could potentially impact on them?
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:06 AM
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I think the toughest thing for kids would be that they couldn't really talk to their friends about it because it's against the law, and their parents could end up with legal charges. They wouldn't necessarily be able to have friends over, and what if--horror or horrors!--their friends saw Dad with another woman?!? It seems like the secretive aspect of it would be very isolating for everybody, but especially for the kids.
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:15 AM
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Egh, the children.

I don't know what to think about that. I don't know why the husband would want to take care of 50+ children (with a female, that's just not possible).
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Old 09-12-2006, 10:16 PM
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Old 11-12-2006, 10:47 PM
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Old 10-06-2006, 7:37 AM
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I don't really know how they make enough money to support such large families. Many of the wives don't work or have low-paying jobs--they seem to tend toward traditionalism in the division of the sexes--so the brunt of the breadwinning responsibility falls on the sole man. It's hard enough supporting a normal-sized family on one income, but multiple wives and all of their kids? Pragmatically, it seems impossible.
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