Tag Archives: polygyny

The struggle for the means of reproduction

Recently read the sort of work of history I particularly enjoy–one that gets into how past societies and states actually worked. Edited by historians Walter Scheidel and Ian Morris, The Dynamics of Ancient Empires: State Power from Assyria to Byzantium has essays on the Neo-Assyrian, Achaemenid Persian, Athenian, Roman and Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) empires (the last […]

Check your expectations (2) Women preferring Sharia

I am deeply sceptical about any legal recognition of Sharia on two grounds. First, it is profoundly misogynist, starting with the discounting of evidence from women. Second, it evolved as an imperial legal system. It does not claim to be a legal system for only the faithful, as Jewish law does, but God’s law, applying […]

O Mistress Mine!

I was fascinated to see that the first case under the new s 4AA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) has been settled out of court. According to the recent article in the Herald Sun: A cheating husband has paid his former lover more than $100,000 under Australia’s new “mistress laws”. In the first […]

The more the merrier?

Keysar Trad has written an article in The Age today calling for Australians to reconsider their attitudes to polygyny (where a man has multiple wives). He says: Who someone marries first is an accident of history. If a man who has an affair had met his mistress before his wife, he may have married her. […]