Basically, people only think about the good shit, their view of marriage is idealistic. Then when the reality doesn’t live up to the dream, and all the other pressures of married/family life are on your shoulders, suddenly your partner might not seem like they’re pulling their weight, or have some kind of detrimental behavior, real or imagined. And as much as there’s a validation for being married, there used to be a huge stigma attached to divorce, so people just didn’t do it. But the last 40 years or so, that attitude has gone out the window and people are divorcing all the time, I think for a lot of my aforementioned reasons, and now you aren’t as branded as a divorcée as you would have been 50+ years ago. I think a lot of those marriages were probably just as troubled, but the societal optics were so bad that people just stuck it out and resigned themselves to reluctant acceptance of misery.
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