BC: According to the McKinley Irvin Law Firm, 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce,60 percent of second marriages end in divorce and 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce. These statistics make it evident that divorce is a rapidly growing social problem in America. More specifically to Oklahoma, NBC News reported in 2011 that Oklahoma had the highest divorce rate in the United States. As the first picture of the mixbook shows, there is an advertisement for a divorce attorney urging people to get a divorce because “life is too short”. One reason divorce is such a prevalent social problem is because it is so socially acceptable and the process is much more convenient than it was in the past. Instead of taking the difficult road of mending a failing marriage, the majority of people take the easier route by filing for divorce. The role advertising plays in divorce falls under the interactionist perspective. Society constructs and defines marriage to be trial and error. The idea that marriage is permanent is drowned out by society’s influence to marry regardless of issues, because divorce is readily available to fall back on. The next influence on the social problem of divorce can be seen in the mixbook’s next three pictures of celebrities. The media frequently covers the weddings, marriage issues, and divorces of high-profile celebrities. However, very rarely does the media showcase successful marriages and couples who have overcome difficulties “normal” people also face in married life. Referring back to the interactionist perspective, society is consumed by the media and tends to model their own lives after the lives of celebrities. If the media is constantly reporting divorce and failed marriages, society is obviously going to follow that path. The media glamorizes divorce and gives celebrities more publicity for a failed marriage than a successful marriage. The last two pictures of the mixbook reflect another aspect of divorce. The effect divorce has on children is significant and also increases the children’s risk of divorce later in life, according to the McKinley Irvin Law Firm. Only because I am the product of a divorce, I lean more towards the functionalist perspective in reference to how divorce affects children. Yes, divorce has many negative influences on a child’s life, but children who go through their parent’s divorce can also emerge with many life lessons that nuclear family children cannot.
FC: Divorce Visual Essay #2 | Divorce Attorney Advertisement Photo taken by Duncan from www.inspirationroom.com 6/10/2007
1: Divorced golf celebrity Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin Nordegan Posted on www.people.com, photo taken by Andrew Redington on 10/5/2004 | Divorced celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Posted on www.usweekly.com, photo taken by Albert Michael on 8/20/2011
2: Divorce publicity Cover of Star magazine found on www.radoronline.com (news blog) 10/11/2011
3: Divorce and children Photographer and date unknown. Photo found at mediation website: http://sierraagape.org/services/divorce-mediation/ | House divided Photographer and date unknown. Photo found on divorce therapist website: http://www.joannaintarazim.org