God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon and Christian Fundamentalist Polygamy and the Stories of 18

God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon and Christian Fundamentalist Polygamy and the Stories of 18 Women Who Escaped - Andrea Moore-Emmett "God's Brothel" is an insider's view of Bible-based polygamy in the United States, Canada and Mexico. While many of the organizations are fundamentalist LDS offshoots, some of them are not. The 18 women whose stories are told in this book come from 10 of the 11 known polygamist organizations in the US. There are doubtless many others.Andrea Moore-Emmett interviewed hundreds of women and chose these stories as representative of the whole. All speak out under their real names. They tell stories of being forced into marriage as young as age 12, often to men old enough to be their grandfathers. Women in these organizations are expected to have a child every year (related phenomenon to the equally abusive "quiverfull" movement). Because they are most frequently not legally married to the fathers of their children (in some organizations, women are moved between households at the direction of the "prophet"), they live on welfare and foodstamps -- or scrip for the company store, where they work for as little as 25 cents an hour. Being on welfare is seen as honorable, as it "bleeds the beast" and helps bring down the US government in retribution for outlawing polygamy -- at least, in the eyes of these so-called prophets. Domestic violence is rampant. Yet, all of the women are directed to publicly proclaim their happiness living a lifestyle of drudgery, marital rape (women are expected to be available at all times for intercourse), endangered health and more.Those who read this book and wonder why these women had such a hard time walking away must remember that these women have been reared to believe that they have no choices -- that the men are there to direct them, and they are to be submissive. This is patriarchy taken to its worst extreme. One of the common problems is that law enforcement turns a blind eye to issues brought to them -- because oftentimes those in authority are also practicing polygamy and side with the "priesthood holder" (any male age 12 or older in these organizations is considered a priest with authority over women).This book was an eye-opener to me, even though I have been studying this issue since the Warren Jeffs affair hit the media. I wanted to understand why these women could possibly want to go back to a horrible living situation, or defend a man who impregnated at 12-year-old "wife." The mind control involved in these organizations was not discussed in anything I read prior to this, and it is shocking.Highly recommended for those who care about womens' rights and ending abuses like those discussed in this book.