Patriarchy vs. Matriarchy: Divorce and Government Spending

A review of the divorce rates and government spending as a percent of GDP, suggests that patriarchy doesn’t deserve the bad rap that it has been given by feminists over the last few decades.

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The data for the crude divorce rate (number of divorces per 1,000 people), and the government spending as a percentage of the GDP, are shown in the table below. Patriarchal societies are listed in blue font, and matriarchal societies are in red. Societies in black font are not strongly aligned either way.

Unless otherwise noted, the data is from 2005, which are lower figures than what we find currently. In recent years, the divorce rates have grown much higher, all around the world, largely due to the creeping influence of western feminism. The older data is a better indicator of the effects of the hierarchical structure on society, because the recent immigration and refugee rush has introduced too much confusion over the matter, which scrambles the obvious effects.

Country Crude Divorce Rate

(Divorces per 1,000 people)

National Budget as a Percent of GDP
Sri Lanka 0.15 6.7%
Brazil 0.26 13.9%
Italy 0.27 40.4%
Ireland [1] 0.27


34.0% (2005)

26.1 (2017)[2]

Mexico 0.33 7.2%
Chile 0.38 11.5%
El Salvador 0.41 6.3%
Ecuador 0.42 4.5%
Mauritius 0.47 7.0%
Thailand 0.58 6.9%
Syria 0.65 11.6%
Panama 0.68 16.4%
Greece 0.76 48%
China 0.79 16.8%
Tunisia 0.82 16.0%
South Korea 0.88


12.9% (2005)

32.3% (2015)

Spain 0.88 41% (2017)
Portugal 0.88 45.9% (2017)
Austria 0.97 49.1% (2017)
Trinidad 0.97 15.4%
Barbados 1.21 28.2%
Luxembourg 1.42 42.9% (2017)
Japan [3] 2.08


15.2% (2005)

39.4% (2015)

Belgium 1.83 52.2% (2017)
Finland 1.85 49.6%
Germany 1.91 43.9% (2017)
Canada 2.46 19.9%
Australia 2.52 27.1%
New Zealand 2.63 28.7%
Denmark 2.81 58.3%
United Kingdom 3.08 40.9%
Russia 3.36 44.4%
Puerto Rico 4.47 41.0%
United States 4.95 41.0%


Ireland and Japan stand out as exceptions to the rule. Ireland experienced a huge spike in government expenses (65% of GDP) before they cracked down on spending in 2010. In Japan, the marriage rate has dried up to a crawl. They also have one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.

Granted, there may be no direct correlation between social structure, and divorce or government spending, but the numbers are hard to ignore.

While feminists blame the ‘evil patriarchy’ for most of their perceived social ills, with rare exceptions, those countries with patriarchal values have low divorce rates, low government spending, and growing, healthy economies and societies. Every country which has experimented with “equality” has experienced a rapid implosion of both its economy and its social stability.

Remember, in western societies, between 60 to 80% of divorces are initiated by women.

Let us not be fooled by the superficial ‘virtue posturing’ and the demands for ‘equality’. The government dole machine, and the high divorce rate, are the crowning achievements of feminism, all at the cost to men.

If feminists were honest, they would say that “the right to commit subsidized and legally sanctioned adultery”, is their end goal for social reform, not to mention the abortion mill.

The western social policy needs a radical correction, and that is putting it mildly!

H/T: Jesus is Savior: Divorce Rates (2005)


  1. Mahon, “Ireland: A Private Patriarchy?” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 26:8 (1994) 1277-1296.
  3. Population Statistics of Japan


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4 Responses to Patriarchy vs. Matriarchy: Divorce and Government Spending

  1. earl says:

    “If feminists were honest, they would say that ‘the right to commit subsidized and legally sanctioned adultery’, is their end goal for social reform, not to mention the abortion mill.”

    Instead of the sugar coated words of ‘equality’… calling out the sins it supports would really unmask it.

    The right to commit adultery, fornication, murder (abortion), homosexuality, and rebellion against Godly authority among the masses.


  2. Gunner Q says:

    What’s the criteria for establishing countries as patriarchies? I’ve heard anecdotally that Mexico, China, South Korea, Brazil and Japan are all quite feminized.

    Even Iran has a transsexual sports team these days.


    • Wayne says:

      On that point, I am merely citing the information from the source, and I think this is the biggest weakness in the data. The determination of Patriarchy vs. Matriarchy is rather subjective and open to interpretation. For example, many Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, have social customs that the west would consider feminine in nature, but the employment, marriage, and immigration structures show a strong preference for patriarchy. It would be better if there were some kind of factual indicators of the social structure, such as paternity laws, inheritance laws, immigration laws, etc. I would have to come up with a quantitative system for determining the nature of the social and legal structure for all those countries, and that would require a lot more research work to be done.


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