It seems like everyone is having a go at Jacob Zuma.
I believe that he is in the wrong. But it seems my reasoning is different to that of the majority of South Africans.
By having unprotected sex with various women Zuma is setting a shocking example. He is selfishly risking the lives of his wives.
He deserves strong criticism because:
- It shows terrible disrespect to his wives. Zuma has literally risked the lives of his wives so that he could have a shag.
- It also sets a horrendous example to the men of a country plagued by rape and by HIV/AIDS.
For these reasons Jacob Zuma should be vilified.
Polygamy is not morally wrong
Many people are criticizing Zuma for practicing polygyny (one man with more than one wife).
But why is polygamy morally wrong? People assume polygamy is wrong but they seldom back up their conviction with reason.
If all parties are voluntarily entering the relationship I don’t see the problem.
Many people assume that polygyny is bad for women. In fact polygyny is beneficial for most women. Sharing half of the best man is often better than all of a bad man.
Monogamy benefits the average men, who would have no wives in a polygynous society. It does not help the average woman who could have a happier life in a polygynous society.
These women are voluntarily marrying Jacob Zuma. If they were unhappy then they would leave him.
- Zuma should be criticized for unprotected sex
- Zuma should not be criticized for having multiple wives