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- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publication Date: July 27, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008Q4D6E4
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“It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass: Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife Kindle Edition
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In a nutshell, the female author and her husband basically started their own little cult based on a little of this and a little of that from a few other culty polygamist religions that they had been exposed to. Surprisingly, they were able to pull in dozens of other families and it actually worked for a few years before she finally realized that she wanted out. What I liked about this book is that instead of getting dark and heavy, she keeps it light, using sarcasm and wit to point out some of the ridiculousness of the lifestyle she tried so hard to believe in. She never gets snarky about it, nor does she come off as condemning--instead, she takes the reader along on her journey, breaking that fourth wall in a Mr. Roper (Three's Company?) sort of style along the way. I enjoyed the beginning the most, when a few sister wives join the family, because she's absolutely human and believable. If you're looking for deep, dishy dirt on actual sex and practices, this might not be what you're looking for, though she does touch on that just a bit. Again, a quick easy read that gives some insight into a small, cultish lifestyle.
A few chapters in, as Joanne described finding and marrying wife number two. I was breathing into a paper bag, completely nauseated and hyperventilating, as my own long-burried memories came bubbling to the surface. It was fantastic to read a frank, honest account of the feelings one goes through when that event happens. I felt like she barely scratched the surface though. Personally, I was much more interested in her perspective of the everyday grind of being a polygamous wife rather than the activities of the group as a whole. When you struggle with a sisterwife, husband or the leaders, you don't dare speak about it openly because doing so would only show your lack of commitment and your weak testimony. You ought as well tatoo "I SUCK" accross your forehead for all in your church to read so they can feel justified in their righteous judgement of you. Instead, you suck it up, berate yourself and feel shame and guilt for being so weak. Personally, I think it's the women in the church who weild the mightiest sword against each other. Often it's the women who will have you believing all of the problems are your fault and that you have no other recourse than to beg your husband and God for forgiveness of your petty weaknesses. The women truly are the "neck that turns the head". ....... stepping down off my soap box now .....
I absolutely love that Joanne told her story with accountability and humor. Her book is witty, irreverant and very refreshing. Accepting, living and leaving polygamy is a complicated head trip, not one that is as cut and dry as it seems to casual observer. Joanne's description of her journey is very entertaining. Well Done!
She also touches on the exposure of the children of polygamists to so many non-blood related children and adults under the same roof as well as the taboo subject of female pedophiles. This book would be good for anyone currently in a cult (particularly the Mormon based ones). If it walks like a Harmston and acts like a Harmston - you need to reevaluate the place your 'church' plays in your life.
Finally - it's a quick read. It is succinct but very entertaining way to fill a flight or road trip.
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