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Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful that 416 children in Texas may grow up without being forced into marriage at age 12.

I hadn't paid much attention to the "Polygamous Ranch" story that was unfolding over the past few days. In fact, my only passing thought was, "Those poor moms ... having their children taken away from them."

But yesterday on my way home from work, I heard the following story on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89695220

Suddenly, I don't feel any any sympathy for the weeping mothers. No 16-year-old girl should be giving birth to her fourth baby.

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lillpluta
Apr. 17th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
I think the grown women are as much victims as the children. This has gone on for generations. The mothers themselves were probably "married" as young teens. Something this ingrained has robbed them of their ability to think independently. And this women probably feel there is no way for them to escape.

If the younger "wives" are beaten, I'm sure the older ones are too. This is emotional and physical abuse on a large scale in a wacked out partriarchal religious sect.

The young boys are also victims as they are being trained to think like the men.
lillpluta
Apr. 17th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I do feel sorry for the women. I think they should have been given the choice to stay and the choice to escape themselves. But then I haven't kept up with this, so maybe there are things I haven't heard.
annemariepace
Apr. 17th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
They've been given the chance to go to women's shelters and a few did go.

For more info, read ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessop.
lillpluta
Apr. 17th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Okay, I don't keep up with the news .... errrr... no paper, and I don't watch TV news or listen to the radio ... and I don't really look up news online.

Geesh..I'm an ostrich.

Okay, I felt like the women should be treated as battered women as well.

Thanks for the info.
jessicaburkhart
Apr. 17th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yep, the mothers have no sympathy from me either. The entire situation makes me angry.
alison23
Apr. 17th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
There's an article in the current Marie Claire magazine about a woman who did escape from this sect a few years ago with her kids--one of the women who testified against Warren Jeffs. Now the husband she left behind is trying to get the kids back and the article said he'd probably win because she has no education, little money, and a lawyer she can't afford, while the sect has lots of money for legal fees and managed to get the whole trial to happen in Canada, which apparently goes easier on the polygamous group. But maybe all this new publicity will change things in her favor.

It sounded to me like the women are very much victims, though they may not all recognize themselves as such, since they've never known anything different. But even when some women have tried to stop their young daughters' marriages, they were given no say in it.
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