Thursday, April 13, 2006
Big Love as Mormon Porn?
Today, Maclean’s magazine released the online story "The big problem with 'Big Love'." While the author is certainly not coming from a biblical worldview, she does have some interesting analysis on this controversial show. Here is an excerpt:

What's deeply distressing about Big Love is that, while a viewer can easily pick the evildoer polygamists out of the crowd, the fundamentally Talibanesque nature of the Henricksons' seemingly modern brand of plural marriage -- a marriage the show depicts as an aspirational ideal -- is much trickier to nail.

Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, who are partners in life as well as co-creators of the show, have said they wanted to take a humane, non-judgmental view of polygamy, which they saw as the perfect template through which to survey modern marriage and the family. Aside from the sheer lunacy of suggesting that you can treat polygamy neutrally (like, hey man, it's cool with us if you want to take three wives), you'd have to have a chip missing to think that the ideal hook to discuss the modern family is an illegal, regressive practice associated with rampant spousal and sexual abuse, where the greybeards get first dibs on the hotties by running the young men out of town.

The misbegotten premise that polygamy is a quirky lens on the modern family, along with a blind spot about women you could drive an SUV through, are what's so insidious about this show. While Big Love pretends to be a free-to-be-you-and-me take on family issues -- families come in many shapes and sizes now, we're all here by choice, the sexes are equal -- what's really being served up is Mormon porn.
 
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