Has anyone considered the reverse correlation here?


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Has anyone considered the reverse correlation here?
EducatedWoman
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EducatedWoman

Someone else mentioned that the simple truth is that divorce rates are increasing no matter what “category” the marriages fit into.  If I am not mistaken, around half of all marriages end in divorce and it just so happens that, statistically speaking, more of these divorces occur in marriages where both parties have careers.  Instead of concluding that career women are more likely to get divorced, it is important to also examine the reverse; that stay-at-home moms are less likely to get divorced.

Perhaps there are an equal number of unhappy marriages in both categories, but the career women are more likely to go through with a divorce rather than remain in the unhappy marriage because they are able to support themselves and have a greater network of friends outside the marriage that they can count on for emotional support.  Perhaps stay-at-home moms often feel trapped in unhappy relationships and are afraid to leave out of insecurity, due to the fact that they have no income on their own and possibly nobody to help them.

Statistics can be very deceiving and tend to over simplify complex issues.  Too many people jump to conclusions because they found a single statistic and instead of truly analyzing the implications and digging deeper into the issue, they take the most obvious, and often wrong, implication and just run with it without asking the tougher questions.  Mr. Noer’s article is the perfect example of what happens when people put too much faith in a single number, rush to judgement, and don’t actually stop to think about the greater implications.  Statistics alone are meaningless if we don’t have people that can properly interpret and analyze them.

However, I tend to believe that instead of rushing to judgement, Mr. Noer knew what he wanted to say all along and finally found a statistic that might support his sexist views on life.  There is a big difference between manipulating numbers to support an opinion that you already have and letting those numbers guide an honest discussion about what they actually mean.  We deserve more writers who do the latter.

08-25-2006 04:13 PM

Re: Has anyone considered the reverse correlation here?
Antiriad
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Antiriad

There is a big difference between manipulating numbers to support an opinion that you already have and letting those numbers guide an honest discussion about what they actually mean.  We deserve more writers who do the latter.

You mean like the ones who incessantly bombard society with bogus domestic violence figures – or the lies that women make less money than men for the same work?

Get real. For once, a publication dares to actually point out the truth – notably, what is on a lot of men’s minds today – and women brainwashed by feminism (such as yourself) instantly deride the very mechanism which was used in effecting their own misguided indeologically driven views as well. You are fooling no one.

08-25-2006 04:38 PM

Re: Has anyone considered the reverse correlation here?
MaddieT
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MaddieT

It has nothing at all to do with feminism, and domestic violence/salary numbers are NOT falsified.  EducatedWoman hit the nail right on the head there.  I completely agree that women will stay with their husbands even in a miserable marriage if they feel they have no other options.  On the alternative, women who can support themselves don’t need to stick around and put up with the B.S. because the man isn’t holding all the cards.  Men think once they get off work, they’re done for the day.  They can either sit on their fat arses on the couch or drink beer in the garage.  Meanwhile, the women are STILL cleaning the house, STILL cooking the meals, and STILL chasing after the kids whether or not they work outside the home or not.  If men would be REAL men in this country, support their families, and do more around the house, women wouldn’t have to work fulltime, handle ALL the household chores, and raise the kids by ourselves.

08-25-2006 06:44 PM

Re: Has anyone considered the reverse correlation here?
pattipatpat
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pattipatpat

I don’t think the type of men who agree with the article have a problem with women trying to have it all, they have a problem with women having it AT all.  It’s a choice between I’ll have the job and you be my servant or you have the job and you stay unmarried for the rest of your life.  At least now we are freed from being men’s chattals we do have the choice of that.  On the other hand, there may just be a few men with brains out there who do want equal partners, not servants.  Clean house, indeed.  Clean up your own **bleep** mess!

08-25-2006 08:48 PM

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