There has been some confusion and speculation about why Hugo Schwyzer has been going through a period of insanity and acting like such a damned fool over the last couple of weeks. And what’s up with the suicide attempt? It isn’t as though cheating on a spouse and sleeping with young women is new for Hugo, nor is being a lying charlatan. Writers in the manosphere have been calling him out on his bullshit for years, yet he kept chugging along without a hint of shame.
So what’s changed this time?
As someone who knows a thing or two about it, it’s clear that Hugo has recently become aware that he is about to be pegged like never before in court. The desperation, the unnecessary confessions, the abject pleading for forgiveness, the suicide threats and the frenzy reminiscent of a trapped mongoose are all characteristic of the man who has just realized that he’s about to be cooked and eaten for dinner by his wife and her attorneys.
His suicide threats, for example, are obviously a feeble attempt to bargain with his wife. If Hugo’s dead, after all, she won’t get much. I doubt she’s buying it, though — during divorce women will usually call your bluff. That he’s sunk to that level shows that his options are extremely limited, as is often the case, and if it were just about any other man I’d feel true empathy, having been there myself, but Hugo, well… Some guys just ask for it.
I’ve noticed with annoyance that some writers in the manosphere have expressed pity for Hugo Schwyzer despite his atrocious behavior. While we should all reserve a basic respect for human dignity and life, in Hugo’s case I think “basic” pretty much sums up what he deserves. And, if he goes through California’s family court system, as is looking increasingly likely, basic is about what he’ll end up with.
As much as I oppose punitive, unfair family law and support guidelines, Hugo Schwyzer is a prime example of the kind of guy they were designed for. Not only has he demonstrated extreme callousness, as in, for example, participating in paternity fraud, he has egregiously violated his wedding vows, proved himself to be far from a fit parent, and made a lot of money through being a fraud and charlatan.
Hugo makes about $120,000 at Pasadena City College, and probably rakes in some more through writing. Through a back-of-the-envelope calculation using California’s child support guidelines, he should be liable for about $3,200 in cash payments per month (assuming two children). That does not include health insurance premiums and increased tax liability as a newly single man without child tax credits and deductions, which his wife will keep if she works at all.
Things are probably worse for Hugo than he realizes. Because he has repeatedly bragged that he is essentially unfireable and his boss has confirmed the same, he won’t be able to leave his job unless he finds one that pays more — a highly unlikely outcome for the disgraced feminist. In other words, his basic child support obligations are all but non-negotiable.
But wait, there’s more! Hugo’s troubles do not end with child support obligations. As a high earner and presumably a property owner, all property will be split down the middle, unless he signed a prenup. Knowing Hugo’s past, I doubt he did; what woman would have married him with a prenup? If his children and wife remain in the family home, he will be ordered to pay mortgage and find himself a place to live elsewhere. His extra expenses, all told, could easily eat up more than 50% of his take-home pay. And keep in mind that he won’t lose many (if any) of his old expenses — this one’s going to hurt, badly.
Because of his self-confessed history of substance abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and sexual deviance, his ability to negotiate custody will be severely compromised. He will be at his wife’s mercy, and she can easily extract concessions from him if he wants time with his children. In all likelihood, visitation will be contingent on mental health treatment, and unsupervised visitation, if ever allowed, on continued treatment. To be in a worse position than Schwyzer in this regard, one would have to be a convicted child molester.
Does he deserve all this? An unqualified YES! Schwyzer has been thumbing his nose at ordinary, honest men who are unjustly put through the same thing because they are poorer and less powerful, figuring all the while that he could get away with disgusting behavior by spouting feminist rhetoric and trashing his fellow men. And by all indications he was enjoying every minute of it. No, he is not a self-destructive, sad individual who needs help, but rather a man who has been taking every immoral advantage he could while assuming he could always hide behind his political allies whenever he committed some new crime or indiscretion.
It remains to be seen whether his wife will file for divorce and put Hugo through the wringer, but in his case I hope she does. Not because I believe family law is fine as it is, but because fair is fair, and those who perpetuate and support this system should suffer the same consequences as the rest of us. More so, actually, as people – influential ones most of all – deserve to get what they ask for, and get it good and hard.