Monday, November 12, 2012
British Woman Files for Divorce, Cites “Fifty Shades of Grey” as Part of Her Reason
A 41-year-old British banker recently filed for divorce from her husband, claiming his “boring attitude” toward sex constitutes “unreasonable behavior,” one of the five grounds for divorce in England. Apparently, the last straw for this woman was her husband’s refusal to recreate some of the erotic sex scenes in the popular book “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The woman claimed their sex life had hit a rut. Her husband never complimented her on how she looked, and he never remembered romantic occasions like Valentine’s Day. In order to spice up their love life, she bought sexy underwear and asked her husband to role play bondage scenes and other kinky sex acts from the best-selling novel. When he refused, she filed for divorce.
It appears the woman’s husband is admitting to engaging in “unreasonable behavior” in order to expedite the divorce process.
Fortunately, it is unlikely that such a scenario would ever occur among a couple divorcing in the United States. The vast majority of states now grant “no-fault” divorces which eliminate the need for one party to prove the other side was responsible for the failed marriage. While a refusal to reenact scenes from “Fifty Shades of Grey” may be the last straw in an American marriage, it is likely the couple would just file for a “no-fault” divorce in order to avoid the public embarrassment associated with this type of breakdown in their marital sex life.
However, it may also be reasonable to argue that if you are citing a refusal to reenact scenes from “Fifty Shades of Grey” as the reason behind your divorce, then there are most likely many more fundamental problems with the relationship. “Irreconcilable differences” seems like a much better reason for divorce in these situations.