“Polyamory does not feature in any census tick box but anecdotal evidence suggests that it is on the rise,” a report on BBC, titled ‘Polyamorous relationships may be the future of love’, claimed in 2016.
According to Wikipedia, in 58 out of 200 sovereign states, polygamy is legal. The majority of these states are Muslim-majority country, which has situated in Asia and Africa. Understand that Islam – which supports men having multiple partners – is the second largest religion in the world and it’s growing faster than the world’s population. So as long as we have orthodoxy sect of Muslims at large, polygamy will stay just as relevant.
Kept aside the religious views, today, having multiple partners is looked upon as something “modern”. More and more couples are accepting this progressive form of lifestyle.
So, both in traditional and contemporary world, whether you’re following scriptures or a taking a modernity approach, polygamy is a hot topic.
Now comes legalization part. Mentioned already, many countries have polygamy as illegal. So a person can’t have more than one partner. If she or he does, there could be penalty.
Now this is a law that’s based on morality and a general perception among the masses. Many people aren’t open to the idea of having multiple partners. It’s even considered abnormal and against the basic institution of Marriage. To that, having more partners also bring with it plenty of economical and social stress.
These are few reasons why polygamous relationship is so uncommon and illegal; because many people are unlikely to share their partners with other individuals.
While many people are fighting against the conventional attitude of multiple partners in various religions, we’re also seeing a next-generation of population who are open to polygamy.So yes, Polygamy is uncommon. But if it’s going to stay that way in the coming years, we’ll have to wait and see.