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God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for…

God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon… (2004)

by Andrea Moore-Emmett

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I am pretty sure this was the first nonfiction book I read about polygamy. I am so thankful to not have been born into a family who thought this was the right way. It is so unbelievable to me that people live like this. ( )
  jnorath | Apr 2, 2013 |
This is a heartbreaking account of eighteen women who escaped polygamy in various places around the US. It's quite horrifying to read how many times these women contacted police and authorities for help and were ignored. As the book explains, a lot of these polygamist compounds have police officers that are part of the faith, so they don't take any of the threats (almost always from the women/girls) seriously. It's encouraging to hear that the women who tell their stories in this book were able to escape and attempt a normal life away from abuse, incest and torment. ( )
  littleton_pace | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a very interesting book and definitely an eye-opener (if you are not aware of the problems inherent in modern-day paternalistic polygamous marriage). But you do also need to consider the source as the author definitely has an agenda. As someone who is quite familiar with the culture, however, it is both recognizable and chilling. ( )
  rampaginglibrarian | Jul 14, 2006 |
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A chilling indictment of contemporary Mormon and Christian fundamentalist polygamy, God's Brothel reveals gruesome facts about Bible-based polygamy through the brave voices of 18 women who escaped from 10 of the 11 main religious groups as well as independent families. Their stories include rape, incest, orgies, and violence, making this form of polygamy more akin to sexual slavery than to any quaint religious or lifestyle choice.
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A shocking indictment of polygamy, this book reveals gruesome facts about Bible-based polygamy through the experiences of 18 brave women who escaped from ten of the 11 main polygamous groups. (Christian)

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