"Men have been pushed off their underserved pedestals. They now have to show their worth just like anyone else, and not just rely on a pedestal to get by."
I don't know how long ago that "pedestal" was, Boreas. I have been divorced over 12 years, and the pedestal wasn't there then. I spoke of this before, but in case you didn't see: My ex-wife wanted a divorce after she began an affair with a local muffler shop employee (not owner). She was a stay-at-home mom, so we were making do on my limited wage (still more than that grease monkey made). My ex had several new friendships, some with women divorced within the past year or two. When my ex started talking of our relationhip problems (made much worse by the fact that my younger brother was dying from a terminal illness, and her parents were divorcing after 35 years), these women were quick to tell my wife, "I wouldn't put up with him. You should get a divorce. You can get the kids, the house . . he'll be paying you support, so you won't have to worry about money . . You will have a lot of men wanting to date you and take you places. I wouldn't waste a minute trying to patch things up." (my ex later told me all this).
For two years, I kept hoping against ho9pe . . but the "girls" constant ear-bending was convincing I guess. I went to one attorney . . then another . . . five in total . . trying to find someone who would tell me something encouraging. The closest I got was when I saw the female attorney, who told me, "You make too much money (??!!!) This is what you do. Quit your job. Hire on at Rally's (hamburger place) . . see how she likes that miserable support!" I didn't take that advice, and I not only lost my home and children, I paid heavy child and spousal support.
I'm sorry . . . I can't go on