Sister, Are You Out of Order?

Sister, Are You Out of Order?

One of the most common refrains among Israelites is “the women are out of order!” This accusation is usually made by men, but there are women who parrot the claim just as energetically as their counterparts. Womanhood 101 examines this idea but not in the way you might expect. If you have ever heard the expression…

Cultural Amnesia, House Help or Help Mates?

Cultural Amnesia, House Help or Help Mates?

So glad you are back, I understand that many of us have an emotional investment in this topic which can make exploring it openly a difficult experience. This is the fifth installment of the Polygyny article series and I am super excited that you have chosen to continue. I read all of your comments and…

My Partner in Jealousy – Section II.2 “Language”

My Partner in Jealousy – Section II.2 “Language”

LitBalm presents another free chapter from The Poly-Gamē | Unpacking the Acceptance of Polygyny among Women In and Out of Biblical Contexts. Part 2 MY PARTNER IN JEALOUSY: Section II.2 Language takes a look at countries in Africa and Asia to investigate the truth regarding the supposition that influence from “the West” is the culprit for female jealousy in the…

My Partner In Jealousy

My Partner In Jealousy

For Part 2 of The Poly-Gamē | Unpacking the Acceptance of Polygyny among Women In and Out of Biblical Contexts Mayanah HaSoferet delves deeper for a closer look at the argument that a) polygamy is “about sisterhood” and b) that issues of female jealousy are informed by influence from “the West” and is not an issue for women…

Does Taking Multiple Wives Guarantee Economic/ Generational Success?

Does Taking Multiple Wives Guarantee Economic/ Generational Success?

In theory, many wives equal many children and many children automatically equal wealth, status, power; right? Religion, human nature, “man shortage,” secular understanding and/or long-held cultural traditions are some of the reasons given by men and women for why they choose to engage in polygamy. Biblical polygamy may look different from secular; the polygamist Muslim…

Remembering Civil Rights Activist Anne Moody, A Look at her Widely Acclaimed Autobiography (Book Review)

Remembering Civil Rights Activist Anne Moody, A Look at her Widely Acclaimed Autobiography (Book Review)

I strive to live realistically with a streak of optimism, I have almost perfected the practice of finding the silver lining life’s dark clouds. This recent experience is not exception, here in Florida the week started off with a category-four  hurricane barreling down on the state. Hurricane season happens every year so I went about making preparations…

A Western Push for Polygamy in the Nineteenth Century

A Western Push for Polygamy in the Nineteenth Century

For some, this study may seem farfetched but I implore you that patience and research will open the gates of understanding on this very complex subject. To recap in the article Polygyny Article | Sister Cultures we discovered that Israel had sister cultures that also subscribed to the practice of multiple marriages. In the second instalment  Polygyny…

God Ain’t Blind (Book Review)

God Ain’t Blind (Book Review)

God Ain’t Blind (2009)  This is my second introduction to the work of Mary Monroe, I know I am late but that’s the thing about written work you can discover it in your own time. I have found reading fiction as a welcomed break from the heaviness of pouring over slave narratives, like those narratives I…

The Poly-Game | Unpacking the Acceptance of Polygyny among Women In and Out of Biblical Contexts

The Poly-Game | Unpacking the Acceptance of Polygyny among Women In and Out of Biblical Contexts

As polygamy, specifically polygyny, gains exposure and picks up social currency in a contemporary U.S. context many voices have joined the conversation on both sides of the table to discuss the pros, cons, and practicalities of this family structure. Dr. Patricia Dixon author of We Want For Our Sisters What We Want For Ourselves (2009) and…

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