Burden or Pleasure? A Profile of Polygamous Husbands
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Rather than seeing polygamy as a burden or pleasure, or a system full of ego security, Embry found that most men practiced polygamy because of their religious beliefs; their marital experiences were similar to the experiences of both their LDS and non-LDS American monogamous counterparts. Both polygamous and monogamous husbands adopted the Victorian idealogy to their lifestyles. Most would not have accepted polygamy if they did not believe it was a commandment. Most tried to divide both their time and their resources. Most also tried to prevent jealousy over affection. For the most part, all retained good relationships with all their families.