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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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TLC Premieres Polygamy Reality Show “Sister Wives”

The biggest surprise about last night’s series premiere of Sister Wives, TLC’s new reality series about fundamentalist Mormon polygamist Kody Brown and his three—wait, now, four?!!—wives was that it got rave reviews from critics.

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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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