In Saudi Arabia, polygamy appears to be a solution for women increasingly worried about spinsterhood which is seen as associated with a “shortage” of men.Once you get past the brainwashing, what they are saying is that since Islam discriminates against women by allowing polygamy, women must suck it up and happily accept their second-class status.
“Saudi men travel a lot and live abroad for long times. This makes them forget about marriage altogether,” Professor of sociology Ibrahim al-Anzi was quoted as saying by al-Sharq newspaper.
Left with few options, girls increasingly accept to be second wives, he said.
“When a girl reaches 30 in Saudi Arabia, she is automatically considered a spinster and that is when she accepts marrying a man that would only give her part of his time rather than not marry at all.”
According to Anzi, polygamy not only solves the problem of spinsterhood, but also curb sexual relations outside the institution of marriage.
...For Noha Ahmed, if a man decides to remarry he would do that whether his wife likes it or not.
“I would talk to him and know why he wants to remarry, then I would choose his second wife myself and even accompany him when he proposes to her.”
According to Fatima al-Ahmari, if a man wants to remarry and his wife refuses, he will start picking fights until their life together becomes unbearable.
“And then he would get married anyway. That is why women should not object to polygamy.”
...Omm Rakan argued that the prevalence of spinsterhood is mainly because neither men nor women want to take responsibilities.
“The most suitable form of relationship for them is convenience, or mesyar, marriages, but this is not feasible in our present time.”
The idea that Saudi women should be allowed to "travel a lot and live abroad for long times" just like the men is simply inconceivable.