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Sister Wives Defend Lifestyle on Oprah

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Watch the video (above) to see the stars of TLC's Sister Wives defend their polygamous lifestyle.

Considering they are facing charges and may have their 16 children taken away, it's getting pretty intense.


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51 comments to “Sister Wives Defend Lifestyle on Oprah

  1. 1

    They are 4 women with no self-respect, low self esteem who don't think that they deserve to have a man on their own. We get it ladies, you're doormats.
    Kids though should not be brought up in such enviroment. The female kids will also have self-esteem issues and the male ones will treat women like shit.
    16 kids are too many, there is no fucking way that the 'father' has enough time to spend with them in order to develope a bond. Of course… he doesn't give a shit about it, as long as he can brag about screwing and controlling 4 different women then everything's ok…
    I feel sorry for the kids.

  2. 2

    I find it really sad to see women who are being treated like cattle defend it. They think it is their choice, but it seems more like brain washing to me. It's kinda like if chickens were praising the Colonel.

  3. hopar says – reply to this


    They can't take the children away OR press charges , because, DUH!! he only MARRIED one of them. There's no law being broken here - it's no different than having 4 baby-mamas. Get a clue, people. ( and BTW, I'm not defending this family, it's just common sense - and no different than having a few girlfriends, like MANY men do )

  4. 4

    The "charges" have already been dropped dillweed because they aren't committing any crime. As much as you may not like it (because he isn't banging 4 other men, which you would be all for), he only married one of them, thus, no crime.

  5. 5

    Gawd! Women with ZERO self-esteem. They feel jealous, and work through those feelings. Mr. Selfish, can't imagine one of his wives "cheating"! Disgusting! Hope they throw him in jail!
    And, how dare they live in the US, and thwart the laws of their country! We are a land of laws, not men you know!

  6. 6

    WTF? THEY MAKE A TV SHOW BROADCASTING THEMSELVES BREAKING THE LAW and now want a pity party because the authorities are investigating them? are these people serious? If I want to smoke weed i'm not going to make a video of myself doing it and broadcast it on national television and then get pissed when the police investigate me. If you don't like a law rally to change it, do sit-ins or whatever but don't broadcast yourself braking the law and then look all surprised and want everybody's sympathy

  7. 7

    its just wrong and disgusting.. everytime i hear them talk they seem soo fake.. growss

  8. 8

    Pathetic doormats is right. Women like these 4 turn my stomach. And they're on TV trying to convince us that all is OK with them? I call BS.

    They are nothing but weak women who don't think they deserve any better than what they've got.

    What horrifies me more than anything is what their "children" are learning from all of this.


  9. STARR says – reply to this


    If they want to marry one man! let them!! Who cares if you don't believe in it?! seriously! Who are YOU to even claim that "oh, that's not right"? Some people that are talking shit have had multiple relationships at the same time, cheated on their spouse, and many other doings. I'm fine with it, even if they had 50 kids. As long as they don't just "live"off the government, like alot of people do even with one kid just b/ they can or make some excuse if they don't work b/c they are lazy. But if they work or if they can afford it, let them be. seriously. I believe that ALL men and Women are created equal, and can do whatever they please when it comes to matters of the heart or raising their family like how they want to. I feel sorry for the kids that just have 2 abusive parents, that don't even give a shit about them. If the home is caring and loving then fine.

  10. 10

    It's fucking amazing how many people think they're so fucking liberal and evolved and progressive yet they not only don't support plural marriage, they trash it. Since the beginning marriage was for one man and one woman. Now, marriage in some states is for two people no matter their sex. But heaven forbid we let 3 or more consenting adults marry. Equal rights for all, Mario, includes plural marriage. And it would probably earn you some brownie points by supporting a non-gay issue.

  11. AnnaW says – reply to this


    I am disgusted that TLC continues to feature the lives of people who make ignorant and selfish choices in their lives (a la Sister Wives, the Duggers, Kate + 8, etc). These people should be shunned, not made into celebrities. Their behavior is no doubt negatively affecting the well-being (both mentally and physically) of their children. Our society should not be putting these people up on a pedestal.

  12. 12

    Polygamy is a male driven concept.Have you ever heard of a woman with 4 husbands?No!It's a guy with multiple wives,and telling us that it's nothing wrong.It is so on many levels of wrong!

  13. 13

    idc wut goes on in their personal life, i just cant stand that man cuz he just keeps on getting more women when he's bored with wut he has except the women stick around when a new woman comes along. he talks about himself like hes a big shot.

  14. 14

    One big, happy family my ass … how is condoning this as progressive thinking? What the hell is next, letting kids get married at any age???

    We have to draw the line somewhere - he/they disgust me and it's unlawful for a reason.

  15. 15

    Re: STARR – It's called MORALITY.

    Can you say MORALITY everyone.

    Just because you WANT to do something doesn't make it right.

    and NO most of us aren't sluts who are screwing and dating more than one guy at a time…..buy a fucking condom whore.

  16. 16

    Re: hellorita24 – Agreed! If we women was to do something like that, I bet we'll get called every named on the book.

  17. 17

    I did not watch this clip, I will not watch the show or any show that they are on. I especially don't like the message that my 12 year old daughter is getting from this. I concider myself pretty open minded but I think people raised like this are brain washed.

  18. 18

    Re: AnnaW – I agree with you that Sister Wives is awful, but how can you say that about The Duggar family? Have you ever watched the show? (I doubt you have because you can't even spell their name right)… They are amazing and every one of those children is obedient and sweet and a good contributor to society.

  19. 19

    It is unbelievable to me that their children could be taken away.

    Regardless of how anyone views their religious choices, their family life or anything relating to them personally to take someone's children (and agree that children SHOULD be taken) away regardless of the fact that their children seem healthy and well taken care of is absolutely disgusting.

    I am lost at how so many PH readers seem ok with this. We just had a conversation about tolerance, but apparently its only tolerant for things that seem more "normal" in our society today instead of tolerance for everyone.

  20. 20

    I would love a sister wife, but my hubby would never go for it. I do see that there maybe self esteem issues among the women on Sister Wives.

  21. 21

    i saw this show and i have nothing against plural marriage as long as everyone is an adult. i have to say the man was a total hypocrite however. even though he is sleeping with 4 different women, when he was asked how he would feel about one of his wives sleeping with another man he said he would be disgusted and even described it as "vulgar". the whole polygamy thing seems totally sexist to me. you never here about a plural marriage with 1 woman and multiple men. sounds like a major double standard.

  22. 22

    This is a same off shoot of a religion (Mormonism) that has trashed and demoralized gays, gay rights and tried to block progressive legislation for equal rights and gay rights. Before that, they were demonizing blacks as people that god "burnt". Women, minorities non Mormons and gays are second class citizens. I might be more open minded to their marriage situation had it not come from what I consider to be such an ass backwards, hate filled religion. Half of my in-laws are Mormon so I've had the pleasure of seeing them in action. You should see how this religion chews up and spits out Mormon gays who dare to come out of the closet…..the whole time pleading for the world to stop calling them a "cult"….um, well if it quacks like a duck….

  23. 23

    I don't get it either, but don't go blaming the guy for all of this. They aren't as ignorant and helpless as you think. One of them said that she actually wanted the relationship w/ the wives and NOT the man. The newest wife came from a monogamous relationship, and the actual [married] wife was raised in a Polygamist family. They aren't brainwashed. That said, they are taking risks by having their lives filmed, that will most likely result in more problems compared to benefits.

  24. 24

    man i didnt know they were on oprah! i need to find the episode. i like them just fine. they can do what they want. people cheat all the time and have baby mamas like someone else mentioned. heavens forbid everything is out in the open.

  25. 25

    How is this any different than having babies w/ multiple women? At least this man is taking care of all of his "wives" and his children. Plus, he is only legally married on one of the women, she he does not have multiple "wives", he has a wife and girlfriends…like lots of other men! I do not agree with their lifestyle, but they are not breaking any laws and their children seem well taken care of.

  26. 26

    On a super slow evening with nothing to do, I did watch two of these people's show. What a CIRCUS. What freaks they are! This SELF-LOVING idiot man. My God. He should be hospitalized. How much money does he make to…I don't even know why I'm commenting on these LOSERS. LOSERS!!! That man with hair shooing out from one part of his ugly head and shaking it like he's so pretty. What kind of money does he make when one of those women said there wasn't enough to go around and he is encouraging his one unfortunately unattractive wife to have baby in vitro. What. I mean. Of all the stupid, stupid, STUPID things to even consider! I am just disgusted by them. Ugly, ugly people, everyone of them, and now his DIPPIEST of all new wife. I better just stop right now.

  27. 27

    Re: URwhatUeat – If you think plural marriage is immoral, that's perfectly fine. You don't have to enter into one. But your opinions on morality should not trump those of consenting adults when the choices they are making are not dangerous/harmful to others.

    Wait. I can hear what you're thinking. "But what about the CHILDREN? It's harming them! They didn't choose this!"

    No one chooses their parents and some people get dealt a sucky hand. But, frankly, these kids could do a hell of a lot worse than having 5 adults in their lives who love them and want to parent them. There are tons of kids in this country whose parents have done an awesome job of f'ing them up without breaking any laws. This polygamist family just makes for an easier target than the monogamous ones who can hide their skeletons.

    If the Browns start marrying their 8 year old daughters off let me know and I'll dig out my pitchfork. Until then, I see no reason to condemn them.

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  29. Emesa says – reply to this


    OK, so I haven't seen their actual show, but am I the only person who suspects that at least one of these wives might be a Lesbian? They seem to value their sisterly emotional bonds with eachother a liiitle too much for completely straight women. Might be that a repressed homosexual woman from a Mormon background would see this arrangement as attractive, since she gets the close emotional bonds with other females, without having to come out the closet or acknowlege her sexuality. Just a thought.

  30. 30

    Iwatched this episode on Oprah yesterday and I've gotta say that I don't c anything wrong with their idea of a family. They all seem like a loving and happy family. It actually got me thinking that I wouldn't mind having a family that included a husband and my best friends all in the same house. I think it would b fun.

  31. 31

    As long as their kids are okay…Live and let Live….these people are grown ass adults…if they are happy it's all good.

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  33. 33

    I find it real funny that ppl will automatically judge someone else's lifestyle before they know anything about it. First off, to a comment left earlier, maybe if you got out of your podunk little world, you would know there is a lifestyle known as polygamy.. which is where one woman takes on many husbands. What normally happens is a woman marries a set of brothers because in their country it is important to have land, and if each brother has to split the land, their land becomes very small. So, it does happen. Woman do get to make the choice. It is all about tradition. People are finding it more and more common to have open marriages, cheat on their spouses or not even get married at all. What makes it any different to have a plural marriage. Let people be. If you do not like the show, do not support it and do not watch it. But it is their lifestyle, and that's what they have chosen. No one stuck a gun to their head and made them get married. 2 of the wives came from homes that did not practice plural marriage, they wanted to do it all on their own. Everyone has a right to marry whom they choose. Do not be ignorant.

  34. 34

    Considering there are people in this country who are not allowed to be married at all, I don't know whether to say "leave them alone" or to use the case as a legal precedent for marriage rights.

  35. 35

    As a 22yr old guy I see this like any man fantasy come true, living with 4 women and they know about each other? awesome! It almost makes me want to convert too, but I know better and would never do such a thing. My heart would belong to just one girl.

  36. 36

    Re: elysejj – for the women It's actually called Polyandry and is only practice on remote places away from civilization. In other places a women would get killed just for practicing polyandry. Here in the Uk and U.S.A such practice is completely ban.

  37. 37

    Isn't there a lot worse crimes going on in the world? If they are a productive working family (paying their taxes), and not harming there children or harming anyone else. Who are we to judge if they choose this life style???

    Either watch the show or don't! Find a cause that matters. Geeeeeessh!

  38. 38

    So am I to understand that it's acceptable for a man to have as many "baby mama" as he desires scattered across this, that, and the other area code, or that he may marry and divorce as many times as he fancies, leaving a trail of deserted children, but what's actually ILLEGAL is to marry that same number of women, procreate with them, and actually cohabitate with and provide for them all at the same time under the same roof? Maybe we should start focusing on shaming/persecuting those who really deserve it.

  39. 39

    Re: hellorita24 – umm actually have you ever heard of polyandry? Wherein a woman has more than 1 husband. I will admit it's rare but I have to say who are we to judge? If they're happy then let them be!!!

  40. 40

    Re: fickdichpogmothoin! – i did mean polyandry.. sorry. but it is also banned to practice polygamy.. so, what is the difference. either way, i do not see a problem if these people are not living off the government and they are self sufficient, productive members of society.. why not? they children seem to be healthy and able to make their own decisions about their future life styles. these people actually seem to have it more together than a lot of monogamous relationships i see.

  41. 41

    Well, $carah Palin makes 250,000 per episode. She is contracted by TLC for 8 episodes, thus 2 million. Utah is very definite in it's stance on against Gay Marriage and adoption, but proves it's hypocrisy by not enforcing, acting timid on it's own old old law banning plural marriage. Sister Wives is in it for the money, not to inform the public about their family. It takes lot's of $$$ to feed and house that family corporation. $. Palin is only in it because she's a fame whore.

  42. 42

    Re: ayslin – Are these the only options we have left now ? Either the parents will be 2 screwups or their gonna be loving parents with multiple partners ?
    Still, the kids will be screwed-up by the time they're old enough to have their own relationships.

  43. pinki says – reply to this


    Gross! This a**hole is feeding a seriously distorted ego. What a crack brain.

  44. 44

    I feel like none of us has a right to judge them. I don't care if a man has 1 or 5 wives if he is a contributing member of society we have no right to send him to jail. I don't care if it's against the law, the real question is why is it against the law? Christian morals shouldn't dictate peoples lives.

  45. 45

    According to Utah’s bigamy statute, “A person is guilty of bigamy when, knowing he has a husband or wife, the person purports to marry another person or cohabits with another person.”

    The law, therefore, applies not just to individuals who have obtained multiple marriage licenses, but also to those who are legally married to only one person, while also engaging in other marriage-like relationships that are not recognized by the state.

  46. 46

    freaks and losers, get a life !

  47. 47

    these people are crazy and i agree with the first post. those children are going to be messed up later in life when they think it's okay to have multiple partners and basically think cheating is normal. poor children.

  48. 48

    You know what, everyone is allowed to their own opinion, but I don't think the public should be asked whether they should be charged or not - what they do in their lives DOES NO AFFECT THE PUBLIC! You may let it affect you because you have NOTHING BETTER TO TALK ABOUT OR DO WITH YOUR LIVES and in that case you are the sad, pathetic ones - not them. Yes, they're on T.V. but be a GOOD PARENT and supervise what your children watch if you care so much / have an issue with them watching this show, they don't allow them to - that's your prerogative as a parent.
    Yes, it's unconventional and you may not want that for yourself but I just think if you spent as much energy on your own life than focusing on theirs and how "wrong" it is, maybe you wouldn't be such an idiotic loser with nothing better to do than talk shit and people you don't even know but just presume to.
    To quote P.E. Trudeau: "the state doesn't belong in the bedrooms of a nation" So MY opinion is that they should stay out and let them live their lives the way the want to - they're not hurting anyone, and seem to be good parents.

  49. 49

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  50. 50

    I would never, ever want to live this lifestyle- ever!

    That said, why does the government have a say at all? He is only legally married to his first wife. They don't get extra benefits. Marriage is a personal choice. Man and woman, man and man, man and four women. It is not the government's place to decide.

    Watch the show- these kids aren't abused or mistreated. They are healthy and happy. I don't agree with their lifestyle at all but there is no reason to throw people in jail because they decided to live differently than the norm.

  51. 51

    I don't agree with this lifestyle but these are adults and they are allowed to live their lives as they wish. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I think the children probably benefit from having a big family. It's ridiculous people file charges against their family, they are not abusing the children or anything. They just chose a different way of living.