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Polygamy leaves some men with no women to marry

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Reasons to agree

  1. Jonathan Rauch. "One Man, Many Wives, Big Problems. The social consequences of polygamy are bigger than you think". April 3, 2006 - "Other things being equal (and, to a good first approximation, they are), when one man marries two women, some other man marries no woman. When one man marries three women, two other men don't marry. When one man marries four women, three other men don't marry. Monogamy gives everyone a shot at marriage. Polygyny, by contrast, is a zero-sum game that skews the marriage market so that some men marry at the expense of others.
  2. With a effectively parity between male and female populations worldwide and in most societies and communities, allowing men to marry multiple wives carries the risk of leaving many men with now wives to marry. The costs of this effect are enormous. It can be devastating to these men and their hopes and dreams.

Reasons to disagree

  1. China may have a problem of too many men, but not all countries do. (Reasons to agree (RTA): 1, RTD:1)

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