The practice of polygyny
in the Mormon fundamentalist community of Bountiful provided the impetus for the reference trial.
It is worth pointing out that in many parts of the world polygyny
does not operate the same way.
As we saw, Algeria legalized polygyny
in 1984, 28 years after Tunisia outlawed it.
Approximately 80 % of all human cultures practice polygyny
, permitting men to take multiple wives or mistresses.
116) See Felicity Kaganas & Christina Murray, "Law, Women and the Family: The Question of Polygyny
in a New South Africa" in Bennett et al, supra note 36, 116.
The north is predominantly Muslim, and practices aimed at protecting women from men--including polygyny
, head covering and restrictions on public interaction--serve to further restrict women's access to needed services.
According to Tibi, the women's head shawl, scarf or nicab, and especially the burqua (with only eye-slits), are typical products of the Islamic emphasis on sex, steady restraint being necessary in a culture where male sex drive is foremost in human interaction and finds satisfaction in polygyny
Moreover, even males, for whom it might be argued that polygyny
(the one-husband, multiple-wives variety of polygamy which is most common) has some benefits, are, in fact, harmed by the practise.
If the sex ratio, for whatever reason, was unbalanced, as it was among early converts to the Church of the Latter Day Saints, polygyny
also was a way for new single young women to be immediately drawn in to an existing family.
He looks at sublime passion and the remarkable women, Qing can be with one and only one, the otherworldliness of the courtesan, the love story and civilizational crisis, passive polygyny
in two kinds of man-child, fleecing the customers in Shanghai brothels of the 1890s, cultural destiny and polygynous love in Zou Tao's Shanghai Dust, and the polygynous politics of the modern Chinese man in Nine-times Cuckold.
For example, the kinds of polygyny
and multi-partner sex which were in the past partly by-products of late marriage and long period of sexual abstinence of wives between births may put couples at risk of contracting HIV, as sexual networks become geographically far flung, reaching distant centers of infection (Caldwell and Caldwell, 1993).
When considering women's issues and feminism, I identify the following within the Qur'an: expectations for believers, marriage and polygyny
, women's property rights--dowry (bride wealth) and inheritance, men's and women's modesty, divorce, and men's and women's roles as the key principles.