MONOGAMY VS POLYGAMY: WHICH DOES NATURE SUPPORT?

9ice

“If I stay married to just one woman, do you know how many women will end up without any husband?” That was 9ice speaking, not me. In fact, he had earlier said, ‘it would be unfair if a man marries one wife’. 9ice has been saying this for a long time, and has been justifying it with his gender ratio which says there are more women than men in the world.

9ice is currently married to one wife and has four kids. He however says he wants sixteen more, twenty in total. And, since one woman may not be able to birth them all, he’ll marry more. And yes, 9ice is from a polygamous family.

A few years back, I was listening to Dr Zakir Naik, an Indian Islamic preacher, on Peace TV. He held the same position as 9ice. In the ratio he gave, there are approximately seven women to one man, which means, 9ice would be right to ask his question: “If I stay married to just one woman, do you know how many women will end up without any husband?” The answer would be six.

This actually struck me. Really, if we have more women than men, then one man should have more than one wife for fairness’ sake. It would appear that nature itself is in support of polygamy. But then I went on Wikipedia and saw a totally different thing: the sex ratio for the entire world population is 101 males to 100 females. In fact, in countries like China and India, it  is 120 males to 100 females. That’s 3.6 billion men to 3 billion women. In simple English, there are a lot more men in the world than women.

If Wikipedia is to go by, then women should marry more than one husband in all fairness. Also, if the ideas of 9ice and Dr Zakir are to go by, men should be proudly polygamous. Either way, it doesn’t look like any of these ratios, or even nature, supports monogamy.

Thank you, 9ice for bringing this up.

More wives it is!

 

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