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Why You Should Date a Divorced Guy

Author Uses Wrong Reasons to Claim Divorcés Make Best Dates

Divorce really is having a moment. There are divorce parties, divorce insurance, divorce chick lit, and now a whole section on the Huffington Post dedicated to the end of happily ever after. In the newly minted section, author of How to Get Divorced by 30 Sascha Rothchild makes the case for dating a divorcé. She says that while the undivorced think of the formerly married as damaged goods, they really make the best dates. Unfortunately, the evidence she offers doesn't make anyone look good.

Offering sweeping generalizations, Rothchild assures single men, who are all commitment-phobic, that a divorced woman will also want to take it slow, since love just failed her. Divorced women don't nag guys to propose, she says, and come much skinnier and hotter, "since once their marriage dissolved they decided to get in shape."

And if a divorced woman is great because she doesn't want a commitment, a divorced guy is perfect for the opposite reason. According to Rothchild: "A divorced man is a man who at his core believes in a life-long commitment. He doesn't mind living with someone and sharing his life."

These double standards and sexist generalizations undercut the argument that single people should give divorcés a second look. So I want you all to help make the case: If you've ever dated a divorcé, what did you find to be refreshing or different about his or her dating style?

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onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I went on like three dates with this guy who was recently divorced several years ago. It was super weird. I was 22 and just out of college, and he was 31. He was basically trying to have a second shot at his 20s, going out all the time, drinking PBR, and he even got his ears pierced (yuck!). So, suffice to say we were not a match and I stopped returning his calls after three awkward "well I've got nothing better to do" dates. I'd chalk it all up to him being immature due to the divorce, but he got married again within a year! Lucky girl.......
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I went on like three dates with this guy who was recently divorced several years ago. It was super weird. I was 22 and just out of college, and he was 31. He was basically trying to have a second shot at his 20s, going out all the time, drinking PBR, and he even got his ears pierced (yuck!). So, suffice to say we were not a match and I stopped returning his calls after three awkward "well I've got nothing better to do" dates. I'd chalk it all up to him being immature due to the divorce, but he got married again within a year! Lucky girl.......
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