Tonight I watched Sister Wives on TLC, and friends, ya’ll need to set your dvr’s to record this insanity. I feel like I’m going to need a few days to process everything I saw and heard tonight, but here are a few things I found interesting:
1. The husband/manchild, Kody, used the term “lifestyle” to describe his polygamous marriages. He used “lifestyle” more than any other descriptive term (ie., principle) by a mile. I’ve only heard the term “lifestyle” used in such a way to describe SWINGERS, and most of us can agree that swingers are kinda creepy.
2. The husband/manchild made it very clear that they are fundamentalist Mormons, not LDS and that there was a BIG difference! But then the second wife admitted that she grew up mainstream LDS and she never even knew about polygamy growing up but entering into plural marriage was just a natural fit for her. How interesting… I grew up mainstream LDS and I knew all about polygamy growing up, although my mom told me that polygamy started on the wagon trail to Utah. She said that if the father of a family died on the trek then another family would “adopt” the dead mans family. I told that story with a straight face to anyone who asked me about polygamy until I was 21. I don’t believe for one second the second wife didn’t know about polygamy…
3. I adore the third wife, Christine. I think she’s the one to watch. She’s all hugely pregnant and sarcastic and she LOVES being a sister wife! She just LOVES taking care of twelve children all day, burning toast and ironing. She’s the “domestic” one and my lower back ached in sympathy from the comfort of my couch while watching her run around 8 months pregnant doing heavy housework.
4. In case you were worried, they assure us that all the sister wives have their own bedrooms and they each sleep with the husband/manchild separately but they “don’t go weird” with each other. This is where I have to stand up and say again: ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? You guys are polygamists in Utah, about to take on a fourth wife and you have a TV show documenting your life but the fact that the ladies don’t get it on with each other means you aren’t weird?! Plygga, please….
This show is no Big Love, but I’m definitely going to keep watching.