I have always had my own working definition of sociology. A sociologist is a person who tells you something you already know in a way that makes no sense.
Well, it wouldn’t take an army of sociologists to figure out this one, but people are “shocked” none the less.
Lesbian Divorce Shocker: Same-sex marriages between women are considerably more likely to end in divorce than either same-sex male marriages or heterosexual marriages, according to a study of Norway and Sweden:
We found that divorce risks are higher in same-sex partnerships than in opposite-sex marriages, and that unions of lesbians are considerably less stable, or more dynamic, than unions of gay men. In Norway as well as in Sweden, the divorce risk in female partnerships is practically double that of the risk in partnerships of men.
Is the difference explained by a relative lack of children to encourage stability? Maybe not. The study found a similar pattern with childless couples (when other variables were accounted for).
So what’s the explanation? Here’s the murky PC theory offered by the study’s authors:
We find that partnerships of women to a much larger extent are demographically homogamous than are partnerships of men: Lesbian partners often have relatively similar characteristics while gay spouses more often differ in terms of characteristics such as age, nationality, education, and income. Such similarity in characteristics might also reflect a deeper feeling of sameness in lesbian couples. Such a sameness and a corresponding lack of clear power structures may be inducive to a high level of dynamism in the relationship, but perhaps not to the kind of inertia that is related to marital stability. [E.A.]
Um, ok. … You got a better explanation? …
Um, yeah. I have a better explanation. Double the ladies, double the chances. Make that, double the women who are in it for the wrong reasons, and …
Glenn Reynolds notes “Well, women initiate divorce twice as often as men, so it stands to reason that a marriage composed of nothing but women would be more likely to split.”
Dudes are way too lazy. Divorce takes a level of energy and hate that most dudes just can’t muster. What most dudes want is just to be left alone and most guys know that divorced dudes are the opposite of left alone.