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Ben Affleck's reportedly sexist attitude may have ruined his marriage

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Jennifer Garner's feminist decision could have signaled her divorce

What destroyed Ben Affleck's marriage to Jennifer Garner? One factor may have been his Don Draper-esque attitude toward traditional gender roles.

We've been seeing all the rumors about Affleck's bad behavior, including reports of a gambling problem and several alleged flings — and the latest theory actually fits in line with those. Affleck is the real-life Don Draper, minus his secret identity.

A source close to the couple revealed that Affleck's attitude toward gender roles in marriage veered so far into the "traditional" category that they could be deemed sexist — and that could help explain why Garner's once red-hot career slowed down considerably when the couple started having children.

"He's like a '50s dad," the insider told People. "He thinks work is your priority and providing money for your family is your priority, and raising the kids day to day and making a nice house is the wife's priority."

The insider continued, "It leaves too much of the burden on Jen to be a mom and dad to the children when she also has a career… Ben is a good dad when he is around, but he has so many outside interests and personal issues to get beyond."

Affleck himself hinted at this attitude when he told Playboy in 2013, "Over the past 10 years she has allowed me to have a stable home life while accomplishing my professional goals."

So did Garner finally get fed up with her career being put on the back burner? Some comments she made at the May 2015 premiere of her movie Danny Collins make a lot more sense now that we know she and Affleck had been separated for quite some time beforehand.

"I've been home for a long time," she told reporters. "It's my turn, and I'm going to go to work this spring. I think I'll work the spring and summer, maybe the fall too, as long as some of it's at home. I don't think my deals are done yet so I can't say, but yeah, I'm about to go to work."

It's your turn, girl. Go get it.

Jennifer Garner's feminist decision could have signaled her divorce

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