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Elaine Gilmartin
3 min readMay 5, 2023

by Elaine Gilmartin

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A Rolling Stone article on May 2nd, The Next Front in the GOP’s War on Women: No-Fault Divorce, details conservative podcaster, Steven Crowder, decrying no fault divorce laws that simply allow women to leave marriages. Apparently irate that his wife chose to leave him after being abused verbally and emotionally, he finds her power to escape distasteful.

Not alone with this aversion to women having control over their lives, “Steven Crowder is part of a growing right-wing chorus calling for an end to modern divorce,” the article asserts, as Texas and other states contemplate legislating away women’s ability to choose to leave a marriage without their spouse’s consent, as 70% of divorces are initiated by women.


I do not know who Steven Crowder is, but his Ring doorbell basically ratted out his character.

In the leaked Ring doorbell camera footage obtained by journalist Yashar Ali, Crowder can be seen and heard demanding that his wife, Hilary, who was eight months pregnant with twins at the time, give his dogs medicine, walk them, and “perform wifely duties,” as she is clearly emotionally distressed, rubbing her pregnant stomach. Meanwhile, he sits comfortably out on the couple’s outdoor furniture smoking a cigarette.

Towards the end of the exchange, Hilary says to Crowder, “Your abuse is sick.”

He snaps at her, saying, “Watch it. F*cking watch it.”

Moments later, off camera, Steven Crowder, by his admission, would lose control and scream at his pregnant wife in a threatening tone, “I will fuck you up,” which led his wife to flee their home.


Hilary did leave and hopefully has the emotional support of positive people in her life. But what would have happened without no fault divorce?

Professors Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolpers of the Stanford School of Business analyzed data before and after states adopted no fault divorce…



Elaine Gilmartin

A therapist by profession, a runner by passion, a writer by necessity.