My name is Cheryl Duivesteyn(/Martin), and I am a Sister Wives-oholic.
I became addicted to this toxic TV substance about a year and a half ago, when I had a lot of time on my hands due to a long-distance relationship and the fact that my friends finally had to ban me from their dates. I originally started watching the show because of my intrigue with pioneer-esque cultures. I mistakenly thought this polygamous family was one of those prairie-dress wearing, horse-and-buggy types; to my dismay they were quite modern.
In spite of this, I found I could not change the channel. This strange, annoying, multi-wife family captured my attention in a half-horrified, half-amused way. I couldn’t stop. I started to form very strong opinions on the polygamous “lifestyle,” to the extent that I started watching documentaries and reading articles and books on the subject and religion. Most recently, I have become a regular comment-contributor on the Sister Wives Blog, a whole online space dedicated to other Sister Wives addicts who cannot contain the need to judge and vocally express horror at Kody and his harem of misguided women.
My friends and family don’t get it. Why do I continue to subject myself to something that causes a string of angry judgements every time I watch it? The worst part is I’ve taken a loved one down with me. Though Howie pretends to be annoyed that I “make” him watch it, I’ve come to realize he’s got the same horrified need to watch and judge this show as much as I have.
Howie: Oh crap, Sunday night. I guess you have to watch your stupid show now..
Cheryl: It’s ok, I’ve got it on PVR, I’ll just watch it later when you’re not home.
Howie: (Sigh) Now I guess I have to just turn the channel to TLC so you can watch your show and not get mad at me for never watching your shows.
Cheryl: I’m serious Howie you don’t have to watch the show.
Howie: I can tell you’re just testing me. Nice try! Now I just have to sit here and watch this stupid show with you.
Cheryl: Howie I really don’t mind. You don’t have to watch the show.
(Several minutes pass as we watch the show)
Howie: I really don’t get this Kody guy, why would anyone want more than one wife? I get into enough trouble with just one.
(I roll my eyes)
Seriously this show is just awful. I don’t recommend it to anyone. It is a testament to my gag reflexes that I can sit through an entire episode and listen to Kody’s self-absorbed jokes and his wives talk about how this “lifestyle” brings them closer to God and they just “love” having 1/4 of a husband. I can’t offer any legitimate explanation as to why I continue to watch it. It’s a shameful, shameful, addiction.
One of the perks about being married is that you don’t have to be alone in your shameful TV addictions. True love = sitting through mindless TV crap for your significant other without judging.
Have you ever suffered from a trashy TV addiction? Better yet, does anyone else watch this show?!