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The Beneficent Patriarchy of “Big Love” Loses Its Luster

The “heart” of Big Love has been in the question of how women survive in patriarchy, zooming in on the three wives struggling with the fundamental inequality of their relationships. But the show has lost its way.

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“Big Love” and “Good” Patriarchy

Big Love shows that sometimes religion is directly to blame for misogyny and that having the tenets of extreme patriarchy imbued at an early age is tantamount to a form of abuse…a pretty radical idea for a soap opera.

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More Wives, More Problems

“Big Love”‘s patriarchy-by-choice leaves its participants thoroughly messed up in ways that won’t be easy to fix — with plenty of lessons about gender and power for American culture at large.

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