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Polygamy thrives on dependency

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM


With regard to The Sunday Gleaner column titled 'The case for polygamy' (June 14, 2015), the author seems ignorant of the Jamaican societal structure.

While a man may have four or five babymothers, we cannot assume that he would want to marry them. Having five wives still cannot guarantee that a man would not cheat, or that it would reduce sexually transmitted infections. That is fallacious!

In some African countries where polygamy is practised, there isn't much academic advancement among women, a contrast to the trend in Jamaica where females routinely outperform males up to the tertiary level. Polygamous societies are structured in such a way that women are dependent upon men. Also, in some Muslim countries, women are not entitled to the right of quality education, so the culture of dependency prevails.

In Jamaica, it is not so. Many Jamaican women are independent and successful. They can provide for themselves, and many women are breadwinners in society.

I may be wrong, but I don't believe that a successful Jamaican woman would be willing to share the bed with three or four other women, especially in light of the fact that in the minds of successful women the thought is, "I am successful, I can take care of myself I don't need a man."

The very reason why women fight for a man is because they are not willing to share! Our culture is not given to the ideology that a woman is comfortable knowing that their husband is in bed with another woman, even if she was his 'other wife'.