Till Death Do We Part – Or Until the Economy Picks Up

A few interesting articles related to marriage – or more particularly, divorce.

The first is pretty interesting from a historical perspective.  A woman has successfully sued her ex-husband’s mistress for “alienation of affection”.   It’s an old North Carolina law.  I’m sure this will get mangled somehow in the appeals process, but I still think it’s fascination, and a reminder that once upon a time there were repercussions not just for those with wandering eyes, but those who encouraged or abetted (a-bedded? Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) the wandering.

The next article I think is far more curious in terms of what it might reveal about how decisions to divorce are sometimes made.  The article simply notes that national divorce rates are down, and that there are some who attribute it to the dire economic situation.  It points out in some ways that divorce might be a function of affluence.  When there’s disposable income and the likelihood of being able to re-establish yourself comfortably, divorce is easier.  When that sort of leeway disappears, people resort to a lot of mechanisms for putting it off, even if it’s uncomfortable.

I would think it would be fascinating for some mega-churches to start offering marriage counseling free of charge to some of these people.  After all, if they’re able to claw out a living arrangement under the same roof, who knows what else they might be able to improve upon?

And in a far less (or completely un-) related vein, Disney has announced that it is not using actresses with breast augmentations for the upcoming installation of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.  Whether it’s an issue of changing tastes, more discerning eyes, or as the article also speculates, reflective of fewer augmentations surgeries (and smaller ones) in general, due perhaps in part to the economy – I’ll leave to your discretion, dear reader(s). 

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