Episode 50: Marriage to Brigham Young

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  • Stephanie

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    I served as a missionary in the Beehive house over 10 years ago. I remember clearly that we talked about polygamy as part of the introduction to the tour. the points used where about only a small percent of the population practicing it, the woman agreed to it and it filled the need of there being too many widows that required looking after. It is a shame we didn’t get to tell the stories about these woman and I honestly feel like the truth is so much different than what we were told.
    We often got questions about polygamy an answered them openly. Is it possible that different mission presidents have given different instructions the the missionaries as the came along? I don’t know who gets to decide these sorts of things but be assured, the topic of polygamy was not something we ignored or were afraid of. I am sad to hear that it has changed now.

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  • Randy Farr

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    Martha was locked in a room for 10 minutes. Not “for days” as claimed by Jeffery Johnson. I think he said “days” to make the affidavit sound not credible.

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  • Shannon

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    I listened to this yesterday and the thing that won’t leave me is the modern historian rejecting the intense female experience of jealousy. Soothing it over, saying she knew her husband had other wives and therefore this feeling was unreasonable… Kind of struck me that this is the type of voice through which we’ve learned about our history. If it doesn’t make sense to a male, it must not be true and must therefore be ignored or erased.

    I truly respect that he has dedicated his life to learning our history, but he seems to have a need to interpret it according to the properly accepted church view, to make it fit the story as it “should” be, where only good feelings abound.

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    • Sheyenne

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      I completely agree with Shannon. I’ve listened to every episode before this. I’ve never been more frustrated at the complete dismissal of the women experiencing jealousy. This shows a complete lack of knowledge of the female experience.
      And this may seem silly, but I have watched the show “Sister Wives”, and those women completely support the practice of polygamy, and seem to be wonderful, caring, thoughtful women who do their very best to support their husband and each other, but there is still plenty of jealousy.
      This was just really frustrating to listen to.

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    • Marcie Woolery

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      I feel the same way. I felt that the historian was great, but he seemed almost sympathetic for the male view of polygamy. I know, as any woman would, there was jealousy.

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  • Natalie

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    Agreed! It’s a terribly privileged opinion to hold.

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  • Katrina Reinert

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    I’m so glad that there are more people on here that were hearing the very male sympathizing voice of this historian.
    He dismissed the Dairy Farm by saying that the woman who said that it was a bad place to be were just women who thought that they would be pampered by marrying Brigham Young and were made because they still had to cook and clean. Disgusting.
    And his theory that Amelia Folsom wasn’t the favorite because she didn’t have any children? Or the last child? Yummmmm…..a man can REALLY love and care about his wife and not have 10 children with her.

    This episode reminds me of how TIRED I am of hearing the stories of women from the point of view of men who have lived comfortable lives in a extremely patriarchal system.

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  • Amy

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    I don’t think polygamy can ever be fairly and honestly evaluated by a man who lives within and enjoys the patriarchal system. This historian was not very credible to me.

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