Being a person who has always had a "live and let live attitude", the theoretical concept of polygamy has never bothered me. But like all theories, there are those who will abuse and bastardize a well-intentioned concept, and that is what the fictional Blood of the Lamb has done. Chasing teenage boys out of the community, the elders are able to have their choice of multiple brides, even those younger than their own grandchildren. Girls can be forced to marry for political and social reasons, and their "marriages" are usually well before the age of consent, making rape another one of the community's dirty little secrets. Many women in our world cannot conceive of what these girls and women live through every day, and will often ask, "Why do they stay?" For one, it is the world in which they are raised, and we all know how things taught at an early age stay with us. Living in a secluded community, often being home-schooled, many of these people don't know that other ways of life exist. And being constantly indoctrinated about the evils of the outside world, they are often more afraid of the unknown beyond their compounds. Well researched through interviews with former polygamous community members, Hidden Wivesis a compelling story of overcoming adversity at a young age and on one's own, within the framework of a fundamentalist religion.
Below is a great interview with the authors discussing their own unique view of extreme religion, having been raised in a fundamentalist Catholic commune.
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