In a previous post on Harris’s apostasy, I made a comment that it was too presumptuous for us to assume that Harris wanted to replace his wife and that’s what led to the divorce and his fundamental apostasy from the faith. I cautioned that we don’t know the details of what went on, and speaking for myself I haven’t even wanted to find them out. There could be more things out there that either Harris or his ex may have said elsewhere so others might have more information than I do. If so, feel free to keep it to yourself because I don’t care.
Despite commonly held beliefs that men are quick to abandon the marriage, I pointed out that statistically in America the wife is two times more likely to file for divorce than the husband is (roughly 67% of divorces are initiated by women). And that is exactly what happened to me. I’m not going to go into too much on that either, since my ex is not a public figure and this post isn’t about her, so I will only say that she divorced me due to two reasons: 1) I’m a Calvinist and, she said, “Calvinists are going to hell.” And 2) “God told me to divorce you.” Consequently, two different churches (the church I am a member of, and the one she was a member of) have both told me they consider it an unbiblical divorce that I am not responsible for and thus am free to remarry should I ever go insane and think it’s a good idea. (I may have added that bit about insanity…)
Anyway, given those numbers, I can easily imagine a scenario where Harris’s wife left him for unjust reasons, and as a result of that Harris turned his back on God, just as I can imagine that he destroyed his marriage himself before turning his back on God. I know from personal experience how hard it is not to rage at God when an evil you don’t ask to endure and which goes against every fiber in your being is perpetuated against you anyway. In my case, by the grace of God I cannot even conceive of the possibility of a universe without a deity holding the main attributes of classical theism, and my studies have shown me that Christianity is so far beyond all other religions that it is the only religion that could possibly be correct. So, I could not reject God without rejecting reason.
And in the midst of pain it becomes quite easy to want to jettison reason. Sin isn’t reasonable, after all.
With that serving as background for this post, of the statistic I mentioned (2/3 of divorces being initiated by women), AMC asked:
What do you think accounts for these statistics? Would your speculation be that it is grounded in some typically feminine quality? Maybe that men are typically ‘less fussy’ than women? Or that women typically take a broader approach to communication and, because of that, assume that men (who tend to focus on what is communicated in words) ought to be mind readers (in other words should be able to pick up on broader forms of communication) and it is a problem when they fail at that?
So let me answer this here. To be clear, I’m speaking generally so don’t take any of the following as indicative of my own situation. Some of it applies; some of it doesn’t. And I’m not going to tell you which applies to me and which I’ve seen applying to others either.
To begin, I wouldn’t say that this is something that is grounded in a “typically feminine quality” although there could be aspects of it that are. Rather, there seems to be quite a cultural shift going on. Now, it’s possible the culture shifted because we’re moving toward some underlying aspect of femininity that was hidden by cultural norms before, so I wouldn’t rule it out completely. However, I actually think it’s a fundamental human problem that currently disproportionally affects females.
Divorce became easy when “no fault” divorces became the standard. There was no longer any need to justify the destruction of a marriage covenant; you could do it whenever you felt like it. Additionally, our legal system is designed to benefit women in divorce proceedings and judgments. Women nearly always get custody of children, for example. Men nearly always have to pay. The inequality in divorce outcome is so extreme that comedian Bill Burr’s comments are true: “You marry a girl, you fall in love, you buy her a house. You go to work every day, paying off the house. You come home one day, she’s [with] the next-door neighbor, hands you divorce papers. You gotta move out, sleep on a futon, and still pay for that house that she’s gonna stay in.”
Society as a whole treats women as Disney princesses and men as Harvey Weinstein. When divorces happen, people tend to see women as victims of it and men as the cause. And this extends even through the church when it comes to the level of services provided. Virtually every church I’ve attended has a ministry to divorced moms so they have support with kids and such. I’ve never seen a ministry to divorced men who no longer get to see their kids except a handful of days per year (partly, I’m sure, because it’s harder for men to ask for such support and churches have limited resources, so they’re going to go where they’re requested first).
All of these factors combine to make divorce a lot easier for women than for men. Men almost universally get financially ruined by divorce. Many women end up leaving the marriage making more money from their ex than they made before they got married–often marrying right after college (which requires their husband to pay off their school loans through his income) and never having worked a day in their life. What this means is that there is a huge disincentive for men to divorce and an even larger incentive for women to divorce the instant they decide they no longer want to take the effort to be with their man. Add in the fact that other women all around will encourage them to dump their guy and go after someone who will appreciate them like they deserve. This all adds up to women becoming twice as likely to trigger divorce than men are. (This is also why I say it’s not due to something inherent in feminine nature, since if men had that overwhelming advantage they would divorce at the higher rate too.)
If you really want to see just how bad things have gotten in relationships just find someone and ask: what do men provide women in a relationship? The answers you’ll get are typically going to be along the lines of finances, shelter, security, safety. Then ask: what do women provide men in a relationship? Listen to the crickets. Or, if you’re talking to a liberal, the screeches of how sexist you are for even asking the question and daring to presume women should provide anything to men in a relationship.
What this is also doing is creating the MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) movement, in that more and more men are realizing that it is simply not worth getting married in the first place. When you know that a woman can take 50% of your income, the house, car, kids, and all that solely because you committed the grievous sin of believing her when she swore before God, “Until death do we part”, then who would rationally agree to this arrangement?
Put it another way. Being alone is less ideal than being with a loving spouse–there is no question about it. But being divorced is far, far worse than being alone. For myself, I think I’m about 90% ideal when I’m alone, and the divorce crashed me down to below 50%–probably around 40%, I’d say, and it’s taken years for me to get back up to where I now feel around 90% again. I don’t think the numbers I assign are abnormal either. If being alone keeps you at about 90% of “ideal”, and being divorced crashes you to about 40%, is it worth risking a 50 point drop for the best case scenario of gaining a measly 10%? And again, that’s the best case scenario! Days when she’s cranky and upset at you, you might even be below the 90% you’d have alone.
As a result of all of this, what we are seeing is that women are far more likely to pull the trigger on divorce, and men are for more likely to never marry in the first place. Neither bode well for the continuation of the family structure. Which is probably Satan’s plan all along.
Even with that said, I have to admit that yes, I am basically MGTOW myself, in that I cannot recommend any man get married in today’s culture. I’m all for a Biblical marriage, but an American one? No. Save yourself from that travesty.
via Most Divorces are Initiated by…Women — Triablogue