As a man who got divorced about the time my ex wife turned 40, with divorce as only option initiated by my ex, trends in divorce indicate women are throwing out their marriages — the proverbial baby along with the dirty bath water.
If it is space women need during menopause, is divorce not too extreme a solution for arrival at the objective? Perhaps as can tend to be the case, the trend is becoming self reinforcing, taking on a life of its own.
We need to ask then what are men to do if at least 50% of wives will choose divorce just because they need space during menopause.
Are men to love more knowing it will not matter when menopause sets in?
Or should they rationally choose to be as selfish as possible, as such increase the speed at which the marriage arrives at divorce?
Or should they love sometimes and be selfish sometimes, resulting in increase in possibility of bipolar disorder for both husband and wife?
Celebration of choice of divorce in response to onset of menopause is a phenomenon which only can further destroy stability of marital relationships.
Do women want separation from their husbands or do they seek understanding and support? Are there any divorced women who do not have any social and emotional support in their lives post divorce?
Women are choosing separation in contexts within which understanding and support are within reach. Clearly, this is not a good equilibrium either for now or the future.