On the recommendation of Hippy Chick, I added this HBO series to my Netflix queue and this week, I got the first two disks. I've completed watching the first 5 episodes. It's kind of compelling.
For those of you not familiar with the show, it is about a family of polygamists living in Salt Lake City. The main character, Bill, has 3 wives living in three houses right next to one another. They, and their 7 children, try to function as one family unit.
The different characters are so fascinating, but the pieces that I find the most compelling are the threads of Mormon ideology that run through the show. I have little or no understanding of this religion, so it is a fascinating introduction. I also am appreciating the theme that they are exploring about polygamy.
The family is sort of a normal disfunctional family which just happens to include 3 wives (Barb, Nikki, & Margie). However, the extended family shows the darker side of polygamy...young girls being married to older men. Younger men in the community being treated as adversaries and not treated well. It's ookie.
It may not shock you all to know that I don't have strong feelings against polygamy. I do have strong feelings about 14 year olds marrying, but that's a separate issue for me. But even adult and consensual relationships which are loving are stigmatized by the government and by the general population in such a way that this family lives in isolation and fear of discovery.
It's a theme that strikes a nerve with me. I love the relationship that I'm in and it comes with another person, SS, who is also dear to me. We often walk together holding hands or snuggling with one another, and it is not rare that we get stares or comments for doing so. Once or twice, I've wondered if we would get outright harrassment.
I know that it's my relationship and that I shouldn't care what other people think, but I do and I just wish that they would think the way that I did. The whole world would be a nicer place to live in.