I just remembered something from a while back and the penny dropped.
Without the current work culture enforced by men, this woman would have been powerless to do anything after being dumped. The day women realize they have no power is the scariest day of their lives.
I was watching tv with a friend, and his fb was sitting on the floor at the other side of the room. Now I knew from my friend that she gives him money to be with him, and she gets treated lowly, but she didn’t know I knew. At one point she started saying something and my buddy said: who told you you could talk? She turned to me and asked “so are you gonna slap him or should I?” I looked her straight in the eyes and asked “and why would I do that to my friend?”
I didn’t hear a PEEP out of her the whole rest of the night, and she kept her eyes glued to the floor. She stuck with him btw.