If Polygamy Becomes Legal, Would You Be a Sister Wife?

FOUR'S COMPANY: In HBO's Big Love, Bill Paxton has his hands full as a member of a Mormon splinter group that still  practices polygamy.

FOUR’S COMPANY: In HBO’s Big Love, Bill Paxton had his hands full as a member of a Mormon splinter group that still practices polygamy.


By C. Michael Forsyth

A federal judge recently declared a key part of Utah’s law banning polygamy unconstitutional. And with gay marriage now allowed in many states, it seems only a matter of time before the floodgates are open and plural marriage is legal as well. Evangelicals should have fewer qualms about it; after all, in the Good Book, King Solomon had 700 wives.

This will come as good news for the many “side chicks” out there who may now enjoy a more dignified role as No. 2 wife. And women who complain that “all the good men are taken” can say goodbye to their lonely nights. My novel The Blood of Titans takes place in ancient Africa, where polygamy was practiced, and conflict arises between co-wives when jealousy rears its ugly head. So perhaps it’s no panacea. In fact, in Chinese writing the symbol for conflict is two women under one roof!

So, the question for women is, if polygamy were legal would you ever consider becoming a “sister wife”?

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

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WILL SIDE CHICKS BURN IN HELL FOREVER?

SERVING UNDER THE PRESIDENT: Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope works closely with the staff of President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn) in "Scandal."

SERVING UNDER THE PRESIDENT: Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope works closely with the staff of President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn) in “Scandal.”

By. C. Michael Forsyth

2013 was the Year of the Side Chick in popular culture, with glamorous single ladies like the ones portrayed by Kerry Washington in Scandal and Gabrielle Union in Being Mary Jane caught up in steamy affairs with married men. I don’t get the appeal. To me, a gal whose romantic fantasy is to be the other woman is like a boy who dreams about one day being a co-pilot.

Many women relate because they’ve played the role of homewrecker at some point in their lives — and some express no moral qualms about it. They point out that only the married person in the extramarital affair is committing adultery and so, morally, they’re off the hook. But in addition to the 7th Commandment banning adultery, the 10th Commandment forbids you to covet your neighbor’s spouse. So, sleep with a married man and you’ve also committed a moral sin. You wind up in Hell just like the cheating hubby.

How do you see it? Check the other replies below, then say your piece.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.