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another problem with polygamy...

Reader comment on item: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict
in response to reader comment: Muslims also hostage to culture of violence; polygamy partly to blame?

Submitted by J.S. (Canada), Sep 28, 2006 at 13:55

I've read that polygamy creates issues around power -- which woman (among the many) has the greater influence over her husband? The women (placed in such a position -- competing against others) will resort to all sorts of subterfuges to attain power (usually it's for the benefit of their children). So, you get lying, deceiving, threats, etc. Very dysfunctional households.

Osama bin Laden, for example, was one of approximately 40 children...and his mother was kicked out of the household (not one of the "favorite" wives). How do the children gain the attention of their father (especially when you've got 40 others to compete against?)


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