Skip Nav
Relationships
10 Easy Ways to Get the Spark Back in Your Marriage
Relationships
37 Halloween Costumes For Couples Who Want to Scare the Sh*t Out of People
Relationships
6 Things It's OK to Reveal on a First Date

Big Love's Affect on Polygamy

Did Big Love Change Your Attitude Toward Polygamy?

Last night we bid goodbye to the best-dressed polygamists on television. Big Love did not go gently into the celestial kingdom, making up — somewhat — for a lackluster fifth season. Like Buzz, I agree it ended on a beginning that could have held my interest through the entire last season. But I'll say no more — no spoilers here!

I didn't think polygamy still existed before Big Love. I know when police removed women and children from the Texas compound in 2008, I was shocked to see their resemblance to the residents of fictional Juniper Creek — or, really, vice-versa. Now there's no doubt Big Love has made its mark, influencing pop culture, politics, and countless Halloween costumes. Practicing polygamists have gone on Oprah and landed a reality show, seeking acceptance or at the very least tolerance.

Nobody's questioning underage marriage or forced polygamy, but all these women — it's usually women — are asking for is the alternative-lifestyle label we bestow on all other polyamorous relationships, including polyandry (when women take multiple spouses) or even open relationships.

So while you may have trouble believing enlightened polygamy exists, there's enough unenlightened monogamy to make it hard to pass judgment. Either way, Big Love let us into a secretive world, and see plural marriage at its best and worst. Was it enough to change your mind? Even a little?

Photos courtesy of HBO

amber512 amber512 6 years
It hasn't changed my view, which could be because I have never seen the show. Although a friend recently told me they saw a couple of episodes and thought that if that's what polygamy is like they wouldn't be opposed....
Diversity in Cheerleading
Who Is the Best Once Upon a Time Character of 2016?
Selena Gomez's Sexiest Moment of 2016 Poll
Male Birth Control | Video
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds