The Feminist Line:
PA represses and punishes women.
Women who enjoy playing the victim role are often extremely adept at exploiting this argument that pulls at the emotions of men and women everywhere in Western culture. Yet, if you look at most marriages--especially ones that are destined for divorce--you notice that the woman has control over finances, diet, child-care, reproduction, and sexual activity for pleasure. The man has control over his income producing activities, the proceeds of which get promptly turned over to the woman. The belief that a woman is repressed and that a man can punish a woman is rooted in a cultural mythology that was created in the post-1960's era. Absent in that belief is the position of the man. As an archetype, it is flawed. As an argument against PA, it only harms the children more.