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We have been recently studying the country of Africa and one aspect that I have found rather interesting is how commonly polygamous marriages are practiced there We were able to understand these situations in better detail from studying Things Fall Apart and reading about Okonkwos many wives and his different relationship with each one of them I was unaware of the fact that this is also taking place in the United States before reading the article My Husbands Nine Wives written by Elizabeth Joseph However this may not be as ordinary in our country it does still take place Joseph states that a plural marriage is not for everyone and I dont know if myself being a psychology major has any relation to this but I dont think that this type of marriage is healthy for anyoneIn parts of Africa polygamy is not only accepted as a part of the culture but it is encouraged The men are impelled to have as many wives as possible because the more wives the more respect that they receive Although this oddity is practiced so commonly it is only the males who take part in these traditions females are not permitted to have more than one husband Not only are these wives required to know about each other but they grow to become friends and help each other raise one anothers children as if they are one big family This may take place in other parts of the United States but as for the society that we live in this behavior is both unacceptable and against most of our religions Imagine sharing a husband with four other women and actually living in a house with one of them and her children How could it possibly be healthy to have to make an appointment with the person that you love when you are longing for intimacy and comfort A person needs to feel a sense of companionship and I
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