From a biological and child-rearing standpoint, polygamy is sensible. Consider the many species in the wild where the females take a communal interest in the young. As a social structure, it isn't unheard of. From a practical standpoint, this can be an asset.
You know, I've thought about this a great deal over the years, challenging my own perceptions. I grew up believing that we're all special snowflakes and that there's one person out there for each of us, just waiting to make me feel like a princess for the rest of my life. Over the course of my own marriage, I've learned that it just isn't true. Marriages require sacrifice, compromise, understanding, and profound amounts of patience. They take work, and if you don't work hard enough, we're led to believe we're failures for conceding divorce. Having a divorce in your past is, for some, a blemish.
Accepting polygamy requires one to set aside that pre-defined notion that the ideal situation for love, friendship, and the rest is two people. That's simply not true. Through chance, I've met many people who live in 'open marriages'. I have trouble wrapping my mind around this concept, that people could not only fall in love with multiple people (well, that's not so hard to believe - every one of us has done it in our lives, or will do so), but could be accepting of the fact that their spouse/loved one is having intimate relations with another person. It inspires complete disbelief in me. But why should my lack of empathy somehow diminish the fact that it's working for them?
And why are we so convinced that these women are victims? I'm not seeing it. Just as there can be battered wives in single marriages, there can be victims in multiple marriages - but victimisation is not a requirement, particularly not in progressive America.
So after several years of challenging my own world view on marriage, I've come to accept polygamy and the shared lifestyle as being not only feasible, but acceptable. It's their choice, and it's their life. If Elizabeth Joseph is comfortable with her decisions, I wish her the best of luck.