A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide.
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A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.
Bullet-riddled vehicles that members of the LeBaron family were traveling in sit parked on a dirt road near Bavispe, at the Sonora-Chihuahua border, Mexico, Nov 6, 2019.
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Who are the LeBarons, the Mexican-American Mormons who lost nine family members in a massacre on Nov. 4.?
Brigham Young and other men are shown preparing women in dresses for war.
Harper's Weekly, volume v. 1, November 28, 1857, p. 768. Scan from BX8609.A1a#466, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee library, Brigham Young University.
On July 24, 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and 146 followers entered Salt Lake City to escape persecution. This history has implications today.
South African President Jacob Zuma and Tobeka Madiba, his fifth wife, celebrate their traditional wedding with a dance.
Both South Africa's courts and its legislature have failed to do their bit in creating a culturally diverse society.
All the world's major religions are concerned with moral behavior. But research shows little evidence that religious people are more ethical than atheists.
Polygamy advocate Brady Williams talks with his five wives during an interview at their home in a polygamous community outside Salt Lake City.
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Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, taught that a righteous man could help numerous women and children go to heaven by being 'sealed' in plural marriage. Norms have been revised, but tensions remain.
Although South Africa has taken steps to rid itself of the apartheid-era view of marriage as only heterosexual and monogamous, discrimination against religious marriages persist.
Do we accept attraction and attachment the way they are, or find ways to intervene?
"Love drugs" have their risks, but are also potentially liberating, so people must be free to make their own choices about what works best for them.
Unhappy second wife?
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If you can now have a same-sex marriage, why not polygamous one?
Bride and groom, 1900-1910.
Researchers show that a sexually transmitted disease similar to gonorrhoea could have got rid of promiscuous behaviour in agricultural societies.
When is a roll in the hay worth losing your head over?
Sex is often viewed as a totally harmonious interaction between a male and female with the same innate goal – to produce offspring. But it is becoming increasingly clear to biologists that the reproductive…