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Sister Wives' Kody Brown accused of playing favorites

Chanel Dubofsky is a fiction writer, journalist and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work on gender, sexuality, religion and reproductive justice has been publishing in Cosmopolitan, RH Reality Check, The Billfold, The Toast, The ...

Does the Sister Wives star prefer one wife over the others?

Since the start of TLC's Sister Wives, viewers have heard the Brown wives discuss what it means to share husband Kody. Meri, Janelle and Christine have wrestled openly with their feelings about Robyn becoming another wife. They've never held back from the audience — or from each other.

In the comments section of a recent interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kody was accused of favoritism toward Robyn (as well as of being aloof and unapproachable when encountering fans in public). The commenter alleged that when Kody is seen out of the house, he's usually with only Robyn.

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It doesn't seem totally unreasonable that Kody would be cautious in public; his family has been known to be subject to a less-than-warm reception in the past. (Remember when they went to the Expo in St. George?) As for the allegations of favoritism, it's undoubtedly the worst fear of all the wives — and also an inevitability. You might not want to admit that you have a favorite child, but you probably like one just a little bit more than the others, sometimes, depending on the day. Robyn is the newest and youngest of the wives and the one with the most reproductive potential, but just because she's been seen in public alone with Kody more than the other wives, it's not an indication that he loves her the most.

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On Twitter, one Sister Wives fan shared a photo of the Browns — all of them — out together. A publicity stunt? Was this meant to thwart allegations of favoritism? Or did everyone just decide to leave the house together that day?

From afar, it's impossible to prove who Kody loves the most, and regardless of how you feel about the Browns, Meri, Christine, Janelle and Robyn are all emotionally vulnerable when it comes to the distribution of Kody's affections.

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Do you think Kody favors Robyn? Is it possible for him to love all of his wives equally? What are you most looking forward to in Season 6?

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