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New 'Sister Wives' Clip: Sister Wives or Brother Husbands?

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 12th 2011 3:00PM
tlc sister wivesTLC's 'Sister Wives' gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the Brown family, a typical American family living a lifestyle that most people would find unusual. Kody Brown, his four wives and their now 17 kids are your typical polygamist family, but what if it was the other way around?

Introducing the 'Brother Husbands.' When the Brown family accepts an invitation from a religious professor to talk to her students in Boston, things get a little uncomfortable when a student suggests an alternative polygamist lifestyle -- one with one wife and multiple husbands. But don't worry, according to first wife Meri, this will never happen.

"The way that the plural marriage is for us, and the way that we believe and the one that we've accepted, is that there is one husband and multiple wives," Meri explains.

"We just don't do it the other way around," she continues. "I would never choose to have more than one husband, from a religious standpoint, because I don't believe that that's right, and from a personal standpoint. I just need my me-time, and I would never get it if I had that many guys around. I'm not going there."

In this week's episode (Sun., Nov. 13 at 9PM ET), Kody Brown and his wives take a trip to "Beantown" and are nervous about the questions -- and accusations -- they will receive from the students. Meanwhile, the four older teens are preparing to leave the Brown nest and jump at the chance to visit some of the best colleges in the world.

Tell us: What do you think about the idea of 'Brother Husbands'?

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There is certainly nothing wrong with the concept--read Robert A. Heinlein's novel 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' for a fictional treatment of the many forms of plural marriage--lineal, clan, polygny, polyandry, etc. But multiple wives became these people's tradition rather than multiple husbands in part for reasons of practicality--originally there were more female converts to the new religion (and, since it was new, all members were converts) than male, and it wasn't socially acceptable for women to live independently except in rare circumstances.

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