Sociologists have consistently and continuously claimed men are happy in relationships with women. They contend most relationship breakups - particularly marital divorce - are the result of women's unhappiness and dissatisfaction. Therefore, according to sociologists, men should cater more to women's wishes so that relationships will remain healthy and intact.
However, a recent US study disproves this propaganda. Researcher Michael Rosenfeld discovered women are no more likely than men to initiate breakups in non marital relationships. This is true even for non married couples that live together. Females initiate the majority of breakups only in marriages.
Rosenfeld, sociologist at Stanford University stated "The breakups of nonmarital heterosexual relationships in the U.S. are quite gender-neutral and fairly egalitarian. 'This was a surprise because the only prior research that had been done on who wanted the breakup was research on marital divorces." He said "I assumed, and I think other scholars assumed, that women's role in breakups was an essential attribute of heterosexual relationships, but it turns out that women's role in initiating breakups is unique to heterosexual marriage".
However when trying to explain his "surprise" findings he fell back on feminist ideology. "It's possible that women report lower levels [of happiness] because they experience heterosexual marriage as constraining, oppressive, uncomfortable and controlling" Rosenfeld said. He continued "Researchers have examined the unequal power dynamic present in many American heterosexual marriages. For instance, American women are usually younger than their husbands, earn less money and often take their husband's last name".
Why is it oppressive if the husband is older than the wife? How come men with older wives are not considered oppressed? Also, American women are also usually younger than their boyfriends in unmarred cohabitating couples yet Rosenfeld's own study concluded this did not negatively impact the girlfriend's happiness. Therefore Rosenfields statement is complete nonsense. Additionally, marriages where husbands outearn their wives are not more likely to breakup. In fact, there have been multiple studies concluding the divorce rate increases when wives outearn their husbands. The most recent study reaching this conclusion is "Gender Identity and Relative Income within Households" by Bertrand, Kamenica and Pan, 2013. Finally, why is it oppression if a husband makes more money than his wife? How come its NOT 'oppression" when a wife out earns her husband? Rosenfeld's reasoning is classic feminist double standard.
Sociologists should not have been surprised by the study's findings. They were predictable.
Marital divorce is handled primarily by the American Family Court system. This judicial system is a bastion of female chauvinism (ie feminism). Family Judges - typically political appointees - hold hearings and decide the outcome of divorce settlements. They pass judgment on assigning alimony, dividing marital property and any other issues relative to the dissolution of the marriage. Most believe men are responsible for all marital problems. During hearings, its not uncommon for a wife to ramble on in support of her viewpoint while the judge prevents her husband from responding in support of his viewpoint. Additionally, accusations of domestic assault are typically levied against husbands. Family courts operate under a "preponderance of the evidence" standard. If a wife convinces the judge there is a 50.1% possibility her assault accusation is true then the court will slant the divorce settlement heavily in her favor. Counter accusations of domestic violence committed by the wife are often rejected by the Court because they are not consistent with feminist ideology. Husbands can challenge any Family court ruling but that will take thousands of dollars in lawyer's fees.
Thus, husbands have a strong incentive against filing for a divorce. They know they will lose in Family Court.
Conversely, Family Court has no jurisdiction over the breakup of unmarried couples. This is true even if the couple owns a house. Whoever's name is on the deed is considered the owner. There is no alimony. Common-law marriage has been disbanded by the vast majority of states in America. Unmarried men can leave bad relationships without being legally fleeced. Only when children are involved, will unmarried men face the same legalized discrimination and fleecing as husbands.
Legalized discrimination against husbands is one reason why record numbers of men are avoiding marriage. According to author & researcher Janice Shaw Crouse, a whopping 70% of American males between the ages of 20 and 34 are unmarried. According to PEW Research, only 50.3% of all American adults were married in 2013. It is the lowest percentage ever recorded in the Unites States.
Sociologists have 'discovered' women don’t inaugurate the majority of non marital splits. Yet sociologists remain in a feminist stone age. They still believe any relationship’s health is based on a man meeting a woman's wishes.