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  •  That was not an HRable comment (6+ / 0-)

    The author was expressing his or her opinion.

    I do not think it is obvious that one partner's adultery should automatically lead to a financial penalty.  

    In fact, given the invocation of religious doctrine, it makes me wonder if I'm truly on a liberal blog.  

    Does this bill discriminate against women?  The proposed bill does not specify that only the adultery of men should not be considered.  The bill states that adultery should not be considered, period.  

    Are husbands the only ones who cheat?  I think not.  Do more husbands cheat than wives?  Do husbands cheat more than wives?  There's no proof of that.

    Basically, this diarist has taken the act of a person who may be a sexist and turn it into a sexist act.  The diarist is entitled to his or her opinion.  But we should consider other possibilities as well.  Maybe we should read the frontpage article questioning the idea of monogamy.

    P.S.: If a spouse infects you with an STD due to infidelity, you can sue that spouse under tort law for battery.  

    One man gathers what another man spills

    by John Chapman on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 06:57:25 PM PST

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    •  Context makes it a gender issue (1+ / 0-)
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      Men have far more earning power than women overall. Women are the ones who must take time off to give birth. We still live in a country that discourages women from amibition and is sliding backwards on greased rails. You can't strip the divorce question of that kind of context, any more than you can declare "we're all equal now" because the Civil Rights Act was passed nearly 50 years ago but serious discrimination remains.

      As for "questioning the idea of monogamy," I'm all for letting people pursue alternative forms of marriage, but those must be agreed upon in advance, rather than a cheater changing horses mid-stream... or playing the kinds of head games too often found in the polyamory community (e.g., "the one-penis rule," in that he can bang as many women as he wants and so can she, but she can't bring home another guy).

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