Dirty Little Secrets

by Lesley on November 7, 2010 · 6 comments

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We all have our dirty little secrets, and I’m about to share mine. And no, it’s not a public declaration of my love for McDonalds, although that is most definitely a fact I wish was not true.

This is my confession: I’ve been watching Sister Wives. (Yes, that’d be the TLC reality show about a polygamist family in Utah.) And, even worse, I LIKE IT.

Apparently, I have great taste in reality tv. I don’t watch “normal”┬áreality shows like American Idol or the Bachelor. Instead I choose to love on people like John and Kate, the house bunnies from The Girls Next Door, and now the four women who share Kody Brown.

It takes a confident woman to make such an honest confession. It takes loving family and friends not to judge her TV choices. (Ahem *throat clearing* hint.)

Here’s the thing, I’ve watched the entire first season of Sister Wives and the word that best describes the show is fascinating. The women are well spoken and articulate, dress normal, appear to have good relationships with their children, and (most surprisingly) a strong sisterly relationship with each other.

One of the women, Christine, is the most vocal and well spoken of the four. In the first episode she explains why she became Kody’s third wife, saying, “I wanted the family, not just the man.” And while I’d never advocate for a polygamous lifestyle, she and the other wives offer a glimpse at a family that appears smart, funny, loving and close. It’s evident the women are friends. It’s evident they care deeply for each other’s children. It’s evident the children respect their dad. The only thing that’s not as evident is how in love they are with their husband, although in each marriage there were certainly moments it appears they are.

I’ve been surprised by how much I like these women. I haven’t been surprised by the husband, who is a total douche. Just sayin’.

I’m curious if you’ve seen Sister Wives yet? If so, I’d like to hear what you think. Do tell!

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Tami (Teacher Goes Back to School)
Tami (Teacher Goes Back to School)

i've only seen part of one episode, but i was FASCINATED by the wives and how normal they seemed. if ever catch a marathon or have a free afternoon, i'll probably watch the rest. my impression of the husband was the same as yours. ick.

Kristen
Kristen

ok, so I've watched it too...still don't understand it AT ALL. How, why, really? Do they think "the father" really wants them heart broken when Kody goes to the other wife(s). I don't know, just find it so sad that they are all trying to please (Kody and "the father") and just end up hurting time after time. They have all said they do feel hurt at times. Can you imagine enjoying your husband and then he says, "Love you, honey, have to go sleep with Suzie Q now. See you tomorrow..." People divorce everyday when they find their husband is cheating. This guy is cheating repeatedly and the wife knows who it is and has to live with her (them!) and her kids. I guess I was wired differently. My secret show is Dog the Bounty Hunter! Hahaha!!! Love it when he prays to capture the bad guy! Cracks me up.

Lesley Miller
Lesley Miller

Dianne and mcgee: I cannot tell you how pleased I am with your comments. I'm not alone!! Yessss!!!

mcgee
mcgee

I am with you-I LOVE THIS SHOW! It is fascinating for sure. I grew up in a typical, traditional Mormon home and while polygamy is not an acceptable practice in the Mormon church and hasn't been for a very long time it is a lifestyle that many of my ancestors practiced. I find the relationships between the women so interesting-Kody-eh...not so much. They "seem" so normal because their lives really are-it's just one big communal living. Except they share the man they love. Ok. Maybe not so normal. But yes. I'm totally hooked too! -McGee

Dianne
Dianne

Mallory & I have been watching this show too. I agree with all of the above. I can't even imagine keeping sane in this type of family set-up but the wives seem ok for now. Wondering what's going to happen in the next 10 yrs or so...will they still be all together? & what is it doing to the children? VERY fascinating. BTW, I think there is jealousy brewing with the new wife.

Anna Jordan
Anna Jordan

I can't get enough of shows about polygamy. Dysfunctional habit? Yes. Oh well - it could be worse. I'm a true Big Love fan. I'm holding back on Sister Wives though b/c I know I would be equally invested in their celestial marriages!