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eskimo 09-28-2010 12:46 AM

TV Show: Sister Wives
 
Has anyone watched this?

I don't get TV, but a friend of mine mentioned this show to me that just started on TLC yesterday. I can't find anywhere to download or stream it, so I'm stuck being unable ot watch it right now.

Has anyone seen it?

Ariakas 09-28-2010 05:14 AM

Keeping my eye out for it:)

MyNameIsMaam 09-28-2010 05:25 AM

TLC Website Full Episode Reruns
 
The TLC website has full episode re-runs including the first (of 7) episodes of Sister Wives.

redpepper 09-28-2010 06:52 AM

I heard of this today! If anyone finds a link I would love to hear about it... I think Derby told me about it actually, while we were IMing she was watching it.

eskimo 09-28-2010 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MyNameIsMaam (Post 46242)
The TLC website has full episode re-runs including the first (of 7) episodes of Sister Wives.

OOO!

I'm on it now, I don't know how I missed it before. The first episode is available here:

http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/sister-wives/

redpepper 09-28-2010 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eskimo (Post 46274)
OOO!

I'm on it now, I don't know how I missed it before. The first episode is available here:

http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/sister-wives/

thank you! :)

Ready2Fly 09-29-2010 01:04 AM

I watched it, and I lurk around here, so I thought I would drop by to see what people thought about it.

I've always been very ambivalent about religiously oriented polygamy (it's always seemed icki and sexist to me), but was very pleased with what I saw as a very positive portrayal of a healthy, loving, functional, nonmonogamous family. The people did not seem to be angry bible thumping fundamentalists, merely religious like any other family might be religious. I definitely did not get the sense that any of them were lacking in consent or felt coerced into the marriage.

In fact, to hear them discuss it, they were very articulate in talking about nonmonogamy, and its ethics, and the practicalities of balancing all the different relationships, and they did so in terms that sounded very familiar from my own nonmonogamous life.

Except that when pinheads condemn me for living in the way that's best for me, I tend to get angry and tell them not to tell me how I am supposed to love. These folks simply smiled and demonstrated that they loved each other by their actions. Much more effective.

I was not expecting to be pleasantly surprised. I was expecting to see a reality version of Jerry Springer. Sociology tells us that our prejudices dissolve when we actually meet and interact with people against whom we're prejudiced; I saw this program as a potential introduction to functional nonmonogamy for people who've never seen it in action. I hope it keeps up that way, and if so, it could be a very positive thing for all nonmonogamists.

That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if it did degenerate into Jerry Springer, or if the narrative was being set up for the cameras to "uncover" the "real" dysfunction just lurking beneath the surface. But I hope not. An honest portrayal could end up starting a discussion in the mainstream about alternatives to monogamy.

MyNameIsMaam 09-29-2010 01:22 AM

Not bad
 
Actually, it wasn't bad at all. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't at all like some of the "reality" shows out there. This one felt more like a documentary. All the ladies were 19 or older when they decided to marry. Two were raised in plural marriage homes and knew what to expect when they looked for the same thing for themselves. The 3 wives were all married in before they started having children, who have since been raised as siblings.

They attend a church, but the show didn't go deeply into their religious ideology. It was more about the layout of their home, the co-parenting that happens in the home, the shared chores, and the "big" announcement that the husband was courting a lady with 3 children of her own.

There are 7 scheduled episodes, but after the news report today of the state opening an investigation using an old bigamy law, I wonder if we will see many more episodes.

eskimo 09-29-2010 01:35 AM

I liked what I saw too. When they talked about religion, I liked how the one mother said that she didn't worry if her kids turned out to be non-religious too, so they're not forcing their kids into their way of life.

It seems to truely be voluntary, for everyone involved which is what I had hoped for.

They all seem like good, down to earth people.

Mohegan 09-30-2010 06:54 AM

Karma and I are watching it now and I am impressed. It brought up some discussion for us. On a good note.

I am kinda of upset to learn that they are already being investigated for bigamy. I really hate those laws. Who's business is it anway?


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