In Islam a man is allowed to marry up to four women they said its a good idea and can help society especialy it will reduce cheating and affairs outside of marriage. What do you think about it?
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Interestingly in the west, in most places it's totally legal to have mistresses, totally legal to pay for the mistresses homes, if you have children with the mistresses, you'd pay child support, etc. etc. So there's nothing that prevents someone from having multiple partners, multiple homes for them and so on.
Interestingly, we have common law marriages etc. which basically give the lower earner (more often female) rights in the case the relationship ends even if they didn't get married. This is done ostensibly to protect her, so that she gets the share of assets etc she 'deserves' for having been in a marriage.
But if the guy is already married, and the same woman was a mistress? Fuck her, not a cent to her when the relationship ends, every dollar he earned belongs to wife number 1.
Basically it's a fight between first wives and others for men's money, and first wives' are politically more powerful.
As you may guess, I lean towards making polygamy legal - since multiple concurrent sexual and childrearing relationships are legal, why shouldn't equality between spouses be legal? There are details, but these details COULD be worked out.
That's all nice in theory.
In practice most ACTUAL polygamy involves small cult like religious groups in secluded areas who banish 2/3 of the young men and brainwash the girls telling them they'll go to hell and never see their family again unless they become wife #7 to some elder. This is basically abuse, and whether or not the girls are theoretically legally old enough to marry, to suggest this is truly a free adult decision is ludicrous. That said, i'm not sure polygamy laws are the best barrier to this.1