It seems to be unusually honest, the revelation of a way of life so different from that of conventional married life that it is, I am sure, difficult for many viewers even to imagine living in this way. ("Creepy" is an adjective I've heard a good deal when discussing the show and the concept.)
One has to admire the three older women, who pull no punches about their feelings. Each has been married to Kody for many years, and it is clear that they feel hurt, jealous, and abandoned. They talk about the brief honeymoons they had, and the simplicity of their weddings. They seem to realize they are not as societally attractive as Robyn, yet each has a certain rare beauty, the beauty of women who like other women and share their lives together in a way that is helpful to each and, unfortunately, too little known by women who live in a one-woman-one-man relationship.
There is no question that multiplicity has its place in nature. In one amusing passage, Kody and Robyn visit the San Diego Zoo, where a sincere tour guide shows them a group of rhinos, and explains earnestly that three or so females will “hang out together,” and will only find a use for the male when the time comes to mate. Robyn and Kody look both justified and barely able to contain themselves, overwhelmed with laughter.
Possibly they believe that by doing this, they will be able to alter the state of polygamous families, to bring on a lawsuit that will validate their lifestyle. And--as Rosa Parks could attest-- sometimes this kind of action does bring on change.
The reality of marriage to many men can be, unavoidably, that youth and beauty are the bottom line of romance. Does Kody Brown love his other wives still as lovers, or more as security-figures, mothers of his children? (I appreciate and admire that the Browns say that their children have the right to do whatever they want when they grow up, and not to be forced to marry anyone they don’t wish to marry. This makes their life-style a lot more palatable, certainly to me.)
Kody wants Robyn to have the experience of being with him alone; he wants to be with her alone, too—and he seems to believe that the tension surrounding his marriage to Robyn is normal, an unavoidable transition that comes with taking a new wife. And perhaps this is true. They probably do need some time alone together.
Is it interesting? Yes—at least for some, certainly for me. I want to know more about this story, and will go on viewing the show if it renews for another season—despite my husband’s saying “How can you watch that stuff?” (Yes, I have only one husband. I watch a lot of stuff, including Say Yes to the Dress and, my favorite three shows, House, MD, Mad Men, and In Treatment.