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Polygamy in Recent Episode of "Bones"

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The story: The FBI agent and his team find the body of a murdered Mormon polygamist (that is, the husband, a member of the LDS Church, had married three women - all sisters - who were also church members). One character does mention that the "mainstream church" abandoned polygamy over a century ago, but the episode thereafter establishes that the polygamists are all members of the Church who met at a Mormon meetinghouse. Oh, and the husband was cheating on his three wives.

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I saw that. More misinformation projected in mainstream tv. It was kind of interesting though that Bones actually had some positive things to say about polygamy in certain societies.

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The story: The FBI agent and his team find the body of a murdered Mormon polygamist (that is, the husband, a member of the LDS Church, had married three women - all sisters - who were also church members). One character does mention that the "mainstream church" abandoned polygamy over a century ago, but the episode thereafter establishes that the polygamists are all members of the Church who met at a Mormon meetinghouse. Oh, and the husband was cheating on his three wives.

Surely he wasn't cheating on all 3 at the same time?! Outrageous!

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Here.

The story: The FBI agent and his team find the body of a murdered Mormon polygamist (that is, the husband, a member of the LDS Church, had married three women - all sisters - who were also church members). One character does mention that the "mainstream church" abandoned polygamy over a century ago, but the episode thereafter establishes that the polygamists are all members of the Church who met at a Mormon meetinghouse. Oh, and the husband was cheating on his three wives.

-Smac

The father mentions the religious ceremony of the polygamous unions with distaste and while they were originally likely Mormon (I found it interesting that they made a distinction between "mormon" and "fundamentalists" reserving "mormon" for the mainstream church). While not explicit, it did seem to imply to me that the polygamous family had left the Church over this issue.

Also the wives fought over things that were only a result of the cheating for the most part, the motivations for the marraige stated by the first wife and others were presented positively. There was also no sign of neglect, oppression or lack of education among the wives or kids.

I thought they had done decently pointing out that polygamy could be successful and had been successful in the past, very matter of fact when talking about facts and demonstrating that the repulsion against polygamy was emotionally based....up until the point where the husband was found to be cheating with a much younger college student. Just couldn't stay away from the sensational.

They even had to end with the point that the husband had loved one of the wives most (the first one since he snuck back on his unscheduled day to be with her...just gives you a warm fuzzy feeling doesn't it).

A fine example of someone thinking they were being tolerant in their writing by presenting all sides, but letting their own emotional standards influence the context of how those sides were presenting thus negating the at first appearance balance.

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Well, the program clearly articulated that their practicing polygamy was all about SEX for the man

- remember the beginning, where Temperence identified the man had bone and tendon damage, from the repetetive sex

- they never developed a theological reason beyond a vague reference to fundamentalist mormons, and that was Bones providing context for the practice

- father's tacit support simply because he just wanted his girls to be happy. If he was religous, it should have made him very Pro or very Anti.

- the man had an affair with the pretty college student. He was portrayed as driven by sex and not breaking moral laws.

- father did the deed because of the affair, to protect his daughters. He wasn't driven by commandments etc.r

- the only character with religions overtones was the overweight hick with lots of guns, who called it an abomination

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It sounds like they were playing on the popularity and public fascination with Big Love. And let's face it, sex is a part of it. Polygamist men are going to get a lot more action than faithful monogamists. Most married women are quite amenable to once a week so it seems obvious that its a bigger part of the polygamist's life if there are three plus wives.

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