Jon and Kate’s Televised Divorce

2 07 2009

These reality television parents have been the talk of the tabloids ever since their marriage of 10 years hit a downward spiral.  What began as innocent and inevitable arguments and disagreements that all couples experience, especially a couple that has 8 children, has become much more as Jon and Kate can’t quite seem to kiss and make up.  What with the allegations of Jon cheating on Kate with a younger woman, and the increasing tension between the two on and off the air, unfortunately, a reconciliation doesn’t seem to be in the cards for them.

In fact, as of Monday the couple has made the decision to solidify their separation and file for divorce.  While this decision will end their 10 year marriage, it apparently will not put an end to the filming of their show on TLC, Jon & Kate Plus Eight.  The ex-couple have agreed to continue filming the show as they go through their divorce, but just do so on an individual basis.  Kate will film separately from Jon and visa verse.

Personally, this decision seems a bit selfish and invasive, especially when their 8 adorable children are involved.  Divorce is a very private and sensitive matter and in choosing to broadcast it for the world to critique and analyze, they are only asking for even more drama and problems to surface.

Sadly, i do have to admit that it will make for great television and I wouldn’t be surprised if the shows ratings skyrocket.


The Craziest Reasons to get Divorced

15 04 2009


Before any of you decide to lock it up and commit your life to that “special someone,” you may want to consider some of the most bizarre and unusual reasons that can prompt a divorce.  Marriage is already complicated enough between balancing finances, kids, decisions, morals, values, jobs, sex, and everything else that this life throws at us, but, I’m pretty sure that you never thought you had to consider these “problems and issues” before considering marriage.

And I thought that divorce usually followed  infidelity and irreconcilable differences…

Check out the following “legitimate” reasons for filing divorces  from all around the world…

1.  In Canada, if a man snored too loud and his wife was able to prove it, she could successfully file for a divorce.

That’s a sure reason for Canadian men to invest in those anti-snoring devices!

2.  In Italy, household chores, such as dish-washing, can be serious enough to bring up the discussion of divorce.

Why doesn’t the couple just hire a maid if it is that big of an issue?

3.  In Japan, sleeping in an “unacceptable ” position is grounds for a divorce.

Wow, the poor Japanese can’t even relax when they are sleeping!

4.  According to the Manu Law, an Indian male had the right to “switch out or swap” his wife if she did not bear him any children after the 8Th year of marriage.  These men could also “dump” their wives for someone else if she only gave birth to female children after 11 years of marriage.

Congrats! You just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl….and your husband is leaving you!  What a memorable experience.

5.)  In England a simple act of “vandalism, ” whether it is intentional or not, can be a completely legitimate reason to ask for a divorce.

Watch out ladies!…make sure you don’t wash your hubby’s favorite white tee with colored clothes and accidentally dye it pink… or else… you might just find yourself divorced.

All I can say is WOW!  No wonder the divorce rate is so freaking high…you can practically divorce someone for any possible reason!  What’s next… approving a divorce if your hair starts turning gray?  You never know….better start stocking up on that hair dye just in case 😉

Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Marriage?

24 10 2008


Shrek, the unsightly green troll, is the reason why Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are getting married. The celebrity couple most fawned over by the press is finally uttering the magical word “marriage.” Although they already have six children, marriage has not been a priority for them.

In a recent interview with Italian Vanity Fair, Jolie was quoted as saying:

“Usually people fall in love and everything revolves around the ritual of marriage, children are an afterthought. We did everything backwards.”

While Jolie and Pitt decided that marriage can wait, they bucked all trends (and logic perhaps) and went straight for child rearing before tying the knot. They are raising six children before making the ceremonial commitment. Why the sudden change of heart? Turns out, the answer is Shrek, but mostly the kids.

“.. sooner or later, it will be the kids who ask us [to get married]. You know, they see films and start asking questions. Such as, ‘Why are Shrek and Fiona married and you’re not?’”

There you have it. Shrek and her kids are the reason why Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt might be getting married soon.

Women Pass Up Marriage, Children, for Career

22 08 2008

NY Times from Dating Dames

“Researchers said the numbers seemed to be consistent with other demographic trends, including the rising age of women marrying and having children for the first time, as well as women with more education having fewer children later in life.

The demands on women are incredible these days.  Opposing forces of self-fulfillment, career and family, constantly tugging in different directions.  It’s no surprise that educated, working women, having tasted the rewards of a successful career, the freedom that comes from financial independence, would question giving up years of their hard work just to please the norms of society, namely to procreate and shepherd over a family.

You have to respect anyone willing to carry another life around for 9 months, then dedicate the next several years of their life nurturing and molding that being into another (hopefully decent) kid.   It makes sense to wait a couple years before jumping into that kind of lifestyle.
Props to all the women who wait!  Enjoy your youth, enjoy being single, and learn about who you are, both professionally, spiritually, philosophically, before making a lifelong commitment to a marriage partner and potential children.