“It is worth while to say that such practices [polygamy] lead to degeneration. The woman who acknowledges more than one husband is generally sterile; the man who has several wives has usually a weakly offspring, principally males. Nature attempts to check polygamy by reducing the number of females, and failing in this, by enervating the whole stock. The Mormons of Utah would soon sink into a state of Asiatic effeminacy were they left to themselves.”
Who here can venture a guess as to what “Asiatic effeminacy” means? Anyone?