We literally live in a Bastardized society.
Our civilization was built by men invested in earning resources to provide for their families and leaving their earned wealth to their offspring. Only children legitimized by marriage to the offspring's mother could inherit his wealth.
The real destruction of marriage as a lifelong institution did not begin with No-Fault divorce, but rather the cultural shift in attitudes regarding who should receive child custody in the event of divorce. The real changes to our society began with the changing attitudes of the culture towards what the institution means and why it existed in the first place.
Marriage used to be the contract in which a man and a woman exchanged their productive capacities to benefit the family unit their marriage produced. The female traded her reproductive abilities for the male's abilities to provide material support for her and their offspring. The offspring of their marriage were HIS. That's what he traded his provisioning capacity for.
That was the original deal.
Of course, feminists have derided that original arrangement as "Patriarchal Oppression." Like most other feminist ideas, it was, of course, a lie.
The real defining facet of marriage that lead to the use of Patriarchal marriage as the primary vehicle to build civilization, was the legitimacy of the right to inherit a Father's wealth. This is why the wife took the man's last name when she took vows...so that their children would have legitimate claim to the provisions their Father acquired.
Women were never FORCED to sign this contract to have sex or to have children. They could simply have sex out of wedlock and have bastards. They just couldn't make the man who had sex with her support HER offspring, because she did not enter into the marriage contract with him in the first place.
See the difference in the original contract that served as the foundation of civilized society?
Children created in Wedlock = HIS
Children out of Wedlock = HERS
This was the true incentive that promoted monogamous marriage, which resulted in the investment of men into the building up of society. They had something to work for - their heirs. When Men OWNED their children through marriage, they work themselves to death to make sure his heirs are taken care of when he is gone.
The biggest subversion to the institution of marriage was not no-fault divorce. Nor was it the changing of cultural attitudes that shifted the idea of default custody from men to women.
The real blow came from the loss of stigma for illegitimacy.
The equalization of legal rights to a man's provisioning capacity, in the name of his offspring whether he was married or not.
Now, Child Support means women can get pregnant under any circumstances and decide whatever she wants to do...and the law says he pays, legitimate or not.
We now live under a system of Bastard Subsidization.
And like anything else you subsidize, you will get more and more of it.
How's that been working out for us all, eh?
We now live in an age for which any woman who finds herself in the vicinity of a rich and famous male, has the opportunity to hit the Bastard Subsidy jackpot....just get him to have sex and get pregnant and voila, a court ordered payment for at least the next 18 years.
Take for instance, the recent case of most likely future Hall of Fame football player, Warren Sapp.
“Do you think I wanted to declare bankruptcy?” Sapp tells Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times. “Do you think if there was any other way possible I would have done it? It was either this or go to jail. Those were my choices.”
Sapp explained that a construction deal gone bad resulted in 100 percent of his NFL Network earnings being garnished for 11 months. “You tell me what to do,” Sapp said. “Do you keep working without a check? If you don’t pay your child support, you go to jail. This wasn’t something I wanted to do. This was something I had to do.”
Here's a former Super Bowl Champion who played close to a decade and earned millions of dollars. Forced into Bankruptcy because child support was taking 100% of his present earnings as a NFL Network TV Analyst and Pundit, after he lost his initial money earned when he was a player.
This is a stark example of how "imputed income" literally traps men into poverty and indentured servitude. There is almost no possible way for Sapp to ever again earn the kind of money he made when he was a high profile star player in the NFL. Ever since he retired, he's been working for far less money as a TV personality than he used to make as one of the best Defensive Tackles in the game.
But the family court system that enforces the Bastard Subsidy system requires him to keep paying the unmarried women who bore his illegitimate children levels of child support as if he were still an active NFL player capable of earning millions of dollars annually.
It seems like the default attitude of most people influenced by mass media society who hear about the cases of the likes of Sapp, automatically assume that he deserves what he gets, HE SHOULD'VE KEPT IT IN HIS PANTS.
This is the cultural attitude that feminists have fought long and hard for - to give women the ability to have all the choices of reproduction, and men all of the responsibilities and consequences for whatever choice she makes.
Of course, this is not going to change anytime soon. To suggest otherwise would a) hurt illegitmate children's feelings (the poor little bastards), and b) make women responsible for their own choices once again.
Thus, we await the inevitable collapse of the formerly civilized Patriarchal society that has been irrevocably bastardized.
HERE THEY COME