YESTERDAY WAS FATHER’S DAY. It is a day to acknowledge the contributions of fathers to their families and to society. It is also a day that the feminazis are coming to disdain. In fact, it seems fatherhood itself is something that the feminazis disdain.
The National Organization for Women's 1996 national conference stated that they opposed father's rights advocacy groups. The conference issued this resolution:
WHEREAS many judges and attorneys are still biased against women and fathers are awarded custody 70% of the time when they seek it per the Association of Child Enforcement Support.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Organization for Women (NOW) begin a national alert to inform members about these "fathers' rights" groups and their objectives through articles in the National Now Times (NNT); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, as a part of this alert, NOW establish a clearinghouse for related information by sharing with NOW state and local Chapters the available means to challenge such groups, including the current research on custody and support, sample legislation, expert witnesses, and work done by NOW and other groups in states where "fathers' rights" groups have been active; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW encourage state and local Chapters to conduct and coordinate divorce/custody court watch projects to facilitate removal of biased judges;
According to the resolution NOW wants to be a clearinghouse for information about custody and to remove biased judges. How can they do this when the study they cited is bogus? Not only is it bogus it is improperly cited. It did not originate with the Association of Child Enforcement Support.
How do I know the study is bogus?
I know because last fall my daughter, a frosh at Franklin and Marshall College, did a term paper about custody. She e-mailed me that her professor had quoted that same datum to her. My daughter knew differently. She was raised by a single father. From the age eighteen months she and her brother, age four, were raised by me--after a very difficult custody negotiation.
She e-mailed me asking if knew of such a study that said men obtain custody 70% of the time. I did not, and proceeded to ascertain where the information originated. A web search revealed that the factoid was from a 1986 book by Phyllis Chesley titled Mothers on Trial. The synopsis of the book states:
"Dr. Chesler exposes some of the essential problems of a system that consistently operates on a double standard for mothers and fathers, that awards custody to the father in 70% of the cases -regardless of whether he was an abusive or absentee parent."
However this study has been debunked. Cathy Young, Vice-Chair of the Women’s Freedom Network, wrote an essay in the Detroit News in 1996 that stated:
"In the 1986 book Mothers on Trial, radical feminist psychologist Phyllis Chesler claimed that 70 percent of mothers in custody battles lost. This was based on a very non-random sample of 60 women, mostly referred by feminist lawyers or women's centers. While even sympathetic reviewers commented on the sloppiness of Chesler's research, her "finding" that fathers are likely to win contested custody cases was often presented as fact."
Young not only dismantles the Chesler propaganda, but she also picks apart similar data. A 1989 Gender Bias Study by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reported that when fathers seek custody, they win primary or joint physical custody 70 percent of the time. However, Young learned that the work from which the Gender Bias Study gathered its numbers did not separate contested and uncontested custody bids. It did indicate that mothers filing for sole custody received it 75 percent of the time. The study noted that "women who lose custody often [have] mental, physical, or emotional handicaps" that impair their earning ability.
Young references a book by Lenore Weitzman, The Divorce Revolution, which reported that two-thirds of fathers asking for custody in California succeeded. However, Young illustrates that the data are fallacious, as the figures do not refer to contested cases. Young states that the author acknowledged that when fathers got sole custody, it was typically by mutual agreement; of cases that went to trial, women won two-thirds.
According to Dr. Joan Kelly, women obtain custody more often than men. Writing in the spring 1994 issue of the journal Future of Children, Dr. Kelly wrote an article titled "The Determination of Child Custody in the USA," in which she stated:
"Despite changes in the law and social custom, custody arrangements remained remarkably stable over the past three decades. National estimates in the 1970s and ‘80s indicated that women had sole custody of the children approximately 85% of the time, and men retained sole custody 10% of the time, with the remaining 5% spread over a variety of custody arrangements, including grandparent, split or joint custody. More recent data sets indicate that father custody figures may be closer to 15%. All these data are based on census and survey data, rather than court records, and reflect actual physical living arrangements. "
Despite the debunking of this propaganda the misinformation, prevarications, and lies still are believed by many. Unfortunately they are used in enacting legislation. This is problematic because misinformation begets terrible legislation.
Father’s Rights groups should make this Father’s Day, Father’s Month, and lobby legislators, contact news media, write to publishers and contact academics and alumni associations about the unconscionable disinformation and scholarship that is being disseminated by the feminazis. The public needs to know the truth.
Otherwise, fatherhood may be bowdlerized from our lexicon.