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No-fault divorce and the reactionary counter-revolution

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Jill Fllipovic points out that a big part of the right wing backlash that’s fueling Trumpism is an all-out attack on the sexual revolution in general, and no-fault divorce in particular:

And yet that is what too many conservatives seem to want, sometimes even in cases where marriages may be violent. On the campaign trail, J.D. Vance, now the Republican senator from Ohio, said that “One of the great tricks that I think the sexual revolution pulled on the American populace … is the idea that, like, ‘Well, okay, these marriages were fundamentally, you know, they were maybe even violent, but certainly they were unhappy. And so getting rid of them and making it easier for people to shift spouses like they change their underwear, that’s going to make people happier in the long term.’”

Another conservative commentator and no-fault divorce opponent, Steven Crowder, complains that his wife divorced him — but he has been caught on video saying she needed “discipline and respect,” suggesting she wasn’t a “worthy” wife and berating her. (Crowder asserted that the video was “misleadingly edited.”)

One of the preeminent proponents for ending no-fault divorce in America is Beverly Willett, a conservative lawyer who largely blames women for high divorce rates — although of course not for her own. She wanted to stay married; her husband didn’t. And because she was not able to use the full force of the law to compel her husband to remain married to her, she wants to take no-fault divorce off the table for everyone.

A linguistic curiosity that has struck me on many occasions in recent years is the extent to which the locution “ask for a divorce” remains in general circulation. I just checked, and in the last year the phrase appears nearly 500 times in the Lexis ALLNEWS data base.

You don’t have to ask any more, although if Project 2025 gets its way, that will change, along with a lot of other things. Complete analysis here.

That Donald Trump gets credit for two of the three divorces racked up by American presidents over the past 235 years is the kind of thing that isn’t even worth mentioning in this context, because that’s not how cults think.

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