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Sister Wives: The Dargers offer a different take on polygamy

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The Dargers, a family with three wives, challenge the Brown family's views tonight, wondering how the women deal with having to wait until "their" nights with Kody to get a little love.

Fans of Sister Wives on TLC have gotten to see over the seasons how the Brown family handles having three, then four, wives married to one husband. This week, fans will get a look into another polygamist family, the Dargers, and see how their view of polygamy is similar—and different—than that of Kody and his wives.

According to TLC, tonight on episode “More Sister Wives!”:

The Browns plan a vacation with their polygamist friends, the Dargers as they head to the beach for some polygamist fun in the sun. For the first time we'll meet another polygamist family and discover how they're the same, or different from the Browns.

A Separate Whole?

The Browns have been adamant that they never tried to “hide” the fact that their children were all brothers and sisters from the beginning, and that Kody has always been involved in all of their lives, despite the dangers inherent to the polygamist lifestyle. Private, yes, before the show Sister Wives hit the airwaves on TLC, but not secretive. It was their goal, they have said, to have the multiple wives and children, with Kody in the center of it all, function as one true family:

But, the wives have been equally clear that, although they strive to have a cohesive family, and they work continuously on having their own relationships between the sister wives, each sister wife also keeps their relationship with Kody to themselves. There is minimal “flaunting” of affection between Kody and the wives, and they do not discuss—at least, they try not to discuss—the specifics of their own relationships with Kody with each other (although when Robyn came into the family, these “rules” were somewhat thrown out the window for awhile, as far as some were concerned, it seemed). And, when a wife is pregnant, they have indicated in the past, it becomes harder for the other wives not to dwell on her relationship with Kody 24/7. The ultimate “flaunting,” perhaps?

Hello, Dargers!

“For me to be openly affectionate with all four of my wives, it’s not easy at all,” Kody says in the teaser for tonight’s new episode.

The Dargers, however, may have a different view of just what having a polygamist marriage means.

“You have to wait until it is your NIGHT?” one of the Darger wives asks the Brown wives in the teaser. “That doesn’t make sense,” she tells them, obviously amazed they would be willing to subject themselves to such a restriction. Of course, the irony is that many fans will be looking at both families asking how ANY of the women could subject themselves to such restrictions, period.

Will the Browns’ interaction with the Dargers bring them to question their own way of looking at their relationships?

Stay tuned.

Sister Wives airs on TLC on Sunday nights at 9/8c.

UPDATED: One-hour Darger family special to air on TLC

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Video: TLC/Sister Wives


Submitted by Cabo Cara (not verified) on
People need to understand that polygamy is NOT all “sister wives” and “big love” or the Dargers. UT, AZ and other states in fact DO "turn a blind eye" to FLDS polygamy where children (girls as young as 12) are married off to much older men and then live off of welfare, food stamps and Medicaid (known as "bleeding the beast")... as discussed in new book "plygs", a fact based journalistic view at the REAL world of polygamy... Warren Jeffs, the leader of this group (serving a life sentence for child rape) has recently ordered that only 15 men in the group can procreate with ANY of the women of their choice within the group… and just 2 weeks ago from his jail cell in TX he has ordered the businesses on the UT/AZ border be closed, apparently predicted an apocalypse and told his followers to build backpacks and be ready to go at a moments notice. He has banned consumption of oatmeal, corn, turnips and dairy products....It is a scary time in Southern UT and NO, the government does NOT seem to be doing anything at this time...this group in UT / AZ / TX are nothing but pedophiles and welfare cheats... from what I understand about the Browns and the Dargers there are a few children that do not plan on continuing in the polygamy life... has anyone asked them why? I say good for them! go get an education, grow, love, be happy :)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This man has finally lost the plot telling people now what they can and cannot eat! He is a lunatic!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I find it interesting in watching tonight's episode of Sister Wives that only three of the wives were for the generating of a family mission statement, and one said "What's the point?" I guess it would be sort of like telling my husband of eight years that we need to generate one. What would be the point after being together for as long as we've been, to do one now. What would be the point? I can only imagine what she feels but I can guess. Maybe she thinks no one would look at it after the initial glow wore off and that the family would just amble along like they have been all these years despite having a mission statement. Kody strikes me as too much of a peace-keeper. The women ride rough-shod over him again and again. Everytime he tries to lead, he gets interrupted and then the women just do things their way and instead of his way. He keeps trying to keep the peace and keep everyone happy and he walks on egg shells all the time. His problem is that he cares too much what the women think of him and he can't bear to have anyone of them angry with him. He needs to grow a backbone now that the kids are older. You can tell that the older ones don't respect him at all, and this happened probably when they were little and he was trying to be playmates with them, instead of being a strong father and leader. My father once said that you weren't doing your fatherly job right unless your kids hated you some of the time. The teenagers clearly have little respect for Kody, and can't wait to leave home. On a different subject, Mary needs to just get over how horrible and mean she was to Janel when they were first thrown together as sister wives. You have different personalities. You're never going to be best friends. I don't really understand what exactly the women get from each other in this plural marriage. In this regard, the Darger women seem much more well-rounded and happy with each other. The Brown women do not. The Brown women remind of blood sisters who have grown up together and therefore have to get along because they're family but that given the choice, they wouldn't pick each other as friends.

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