Why Are Men Treated Unequally After Divorce?

FIRSTLY: The Divorced Barbie Doll Gag…
“On his way home from a father decides to buy his Daughter her Birthday present.
He pulls over to a Toy Store and asks the sales person, “How much for one of those Barbie’s in the display window?”
The salesperson answers, “Which one do you mean, Sir?
We have: Work Out Barbie at $19.95, Shopping Barbie at $19.95, Beach Barbie at $19.95, Disco Barbie at $19.95, Ballerina Barbie at $19.95, Astronaut Barbie at $19.95, Skater Barbie at $19.95, and Divorced Barbie at $565.95”.
The amazed father asks: “It’s what?! Why is the Divorced Barbie $565.95 and the others only $19.95?”
The salesperson rolls her eyes, sighs, then answers (with hand on hip): “Sir…, Divorced Barbie comes with: Ken’s Children, Ken’s Car, Ken’s House, Ken’s Dog, Ken’s Furniture, Ken’s Computer, Kens life-time savings and most of Ken’s Friends, and a key chain made out of Ken’s balls!”
It seems that no matter who you talk to these days, someone knows of a man who came out of a divorce feeling ‘robbed’ and humiliated. And there seems to be no end to how harrowing their stories get!
In America and the UK, men are forced to pay around 40% of their income to ex-wives, regardless of wrongdoing on the woman’s parts (often called “no-fault” alimony). She could commit adultery and beat her husband or kids, and none of it will influence the court’s decision.
More shockingly still, a woman can simply accuse her husband of sexual or physical abuse (or simply express a fear of it) and instantly win a restraining order forcing him away from his home and children, without so much as a hearing. In fact, most divorce lawyers will advise a woman to do this, and those who do not can be sued for legal malpractice.
And once she has the kids and the former family home, the family court will be loathed to enforce visitation rights for the father. All the mother has to do is ask.
I would like to know why men are treated so unequally in the West, in countries where women have enforced equal rights in the workplace and elsewhere, in countries where sexism is frowned upon.

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2 Responses to “Why Are Men Treated Unequally After Divorce?”

  1. danin says:

    get over it, you get what you put in, we have done the fighting and have had unfair rights for hundreds of years, you have a few years of disputes and as with the man flu, everything is just so much harder for you. good grief whinging is mans newest hobby

  2. Tamara says:

    Either you got the amount for the divorced barbie wrong or we have two very different sources. Mine says $265.95, but the rest of the story was dead on.
    No, alimony isn’t automatically given to the woman. It depends on the length of the marriage, Indicating that if she was a housewife and didn’t work, then she would need help to becoming more self sufficient.
    Also, raising kids is not cheap at all. By no means. Child care alone can be astronomical. Now having said that, I can’t agree or disagree with you. I can say you make a valid point. There are unfair situations where the father is not given just treatment during the divorce. Maybe there needs to be some kind of group formed to help make sure that men have equal rights but that isn’t anti- female. I say that because you don’t have to be anti-female to be pro-male and get more of an even playing ground for divorce.
    Now for the flip. There are a lot of women who were simply left to take care of everything by themselves, with no help and no place to stay. Most of the time, the judge may be taking the kids in consideration over the adults. Meaning, it is less traumatic for the kids to be taken away from their friends, their school and everything thing they know. It’s enough to deal with their parents getting divorced without having to disrupt everything in their lives. I do hope you agree that the kids should come first and most people try to do what is right for the children.

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