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After MarriageRethinking Marital Relationships$
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Elizabeth Brake

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190205072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205072.001.0001

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Polygamy, Privacy, and Equality

Polygamy, Privacy, and Equality

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After Marriage

Laurie Shrage

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores two concerns that are commonly deployed to justify existing criminal sanctions against bigamists and bans that deny polygamists access to civil marriage. Many progressives worry that the practices of bigamy and polygamy promote the subordination of women, while many conservatives worry that sexual relations with more than one partner undermine critical forms of privacy necessary for forming stable marital bonds. It is argued that legal bigamy and polygamy could be structured in ways similar to civil monogamy, so that their impact on gender equality and marital privacy would be, at worst, neutral and, at best, empowering for all involved.

Keywords:   polygamy, privacy, equality, bigamy, polyamory, marriage, monogamy, marriage equality, marital privacy, women

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