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Is divorce more difficult for men or women?
It's difficult for me to conclude that divorce is more difficult for people of one gender or another because the disadvantages a gender might face may matter more or less to certain people. Also, one difficulty can't even be carried across an entire gender, anyway.
Women might find themselves at a disadvantage because it may be harder for them to get back into the job field after having been married without working. The average salaries for women in some occupations were lower than those for men, and if a woman working at some companies today needs to take maternity leave, it may result in losing the job completely; it's obviously difficult to raise children as a single mother without a job. I met a woman who currently has a high-powered job at Intel... after having lost her last job because of maternity leave.
At the same time, men might not be able to win custody of their children with the same ease as women. They also may face more societal pressure to be providers for their children rather than nurturing parents who do homemaking chores. Meanwhile, more women are working outside the home due to the second shift and do not face such pressures to play both roles; in fact, women are expected more and more to be superwomen who can handle a variety of pressures with grace and ease.
Both single mothers and fathers face difficulties in raising children; they need to demonstrate positive models for both genders for their children when they might have just one example in the household.
Please offer your ideas! This is different for everyone, and I want your perspectives in this Hub. How much are gender differences at play? Does it depend on culture?
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