thread: 2006-08-31 : I think my expectations are screwed

On 2006-09-03, Vincent wrote:

Sydney, come on.

Emily, I suppose you could have a society where polyandrous and polygynous families balance out—where there are as many women with multiple husbands as men with multiple wives, or even multiple spouses of each gender in one family—but it's a purely theoretical construct. Every time and place in human history we've actually seen polygamy, to my knowledge, it's been one man, many women, and tightly linked with authoritarian power structures that put low-status women in positions of near-slavery...

The theoretical construct, where we unlink polygamy from those authoritarian power structures, is precisely the one under discussion. Arguing against the way it's been done before is not arguing the point.

...And then two paragraphs later you invoke Jesus Christ as the institutional author of an oppressive authoritarian power structure all his own.

It really sounds like you're reciting apologetics at us, not arguing with us honestly and on our terms. Knock it off.


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