I'd like to propose that perhaps the divorce rate didn't 'skyrocket' so much as simply was legalized and recognized. The 'skyrocketing' may be reflective of what portion of society as a whole already had failed marriages.
Marriage is work. I think Eugene Levy said that in a movie. And since lots of that work is biologically determined to be lumped on one side, (taking out the garbage, keeping the money safe, killing spiders) it's not surprising there's a lot of tension in the workplace.
Some people seem to do the marriage thing well. I'm sure someone is doing experiments with those people using a particle accelerator and will one day learn why and give us a pill for that but for now it's a mystery.
Ah, but would we trade the spiffitude of women being people for the contentment of order? No more than we'd trade our schizoid democracy for the order of obeying a king. Well, actually us Canadians haven't tossed out our queeny bits yet but we'll get around to it eventually. We will. Just as soon as there's nothing good on TV.
Hate to say it but feminism did more for men than it did for women just like civil rights did more for white folks than it did for black. If not for feminism, I'd be a (slightly larger) bigot than I am now. I'm not about to give that up just because it's going to make the geese happier to have me treat them like the baby machines they are.
I think feminism has and continues to make us more more civilized. When problems come up we sort them out as best we can. If one of those problems is militant manhaters ("From Mars!" injects a friend over my shoulder,) then it's one of them problems. I don't think it is, or at least, it's still a really small problem compared to other ones.
Michael Bay is a cheap shot, as is Disney, but here's one of those things that shows how deep this sort of thing goes. I've been reading feminists for years I'm still getting head slapping revelations about how oblivious I am.
Huh, yeah, the protagonist is superfluous. Never noticed that.
I think I'm rather happy to have a Martian or two around, they've got something I want. Even if that means they dent my doors at the supermarket while they try to park their flying saucers... what am I even talking about at this point?
Ack Arg say Feminist Critique of Western Civilization good. Ack Arg want more Martians, not less.