Our thanks to Steve for pointing us to some feminist BS in The Guardian, by one of its columnists, Sonia Sodha, about four weeks ago – The idea that family courts are biased against men is a dangerous fallacy. Writers of such garbage are nothing short of evil. In a just world they would be serving long prison sentences. Extracts from the piece:
The lack of transparency about how these decisions are made [J4MB: Custody of children, and contact with them] has allowed a dangerous narrative to prevail: that the system is biased against fathers…
Fathers 4 Justice demand the law enshrines a presumption of 50-50 contact. Their claims of court bias against men have gained broad traction in the debate around the subject, despite evidence to the contrary: a review of published court decisions found that they promote as much contact as possible with fathers, even in cases of proven domestic violence.
And in recent years, the junk science of “parental alienation syndrome” has gained traction. This idea was developed in the 1980s by Richard Gardner, a crank psychiatrist who thought child sexual abuse is not necessarily traumatic, and that mothers who don’t fulfil their partners sexually are to blame for fathers sexually abusing their daughters. Gardner believed that many mothers who claim they have been abused are liars, poisoning their children against their partners, and called it “parental alienation syndrome”, asserting that it was even more damaging to children than sexual abuse.
The Wikipedia page on Richard Gardner, who committed suicide in 2003, is here. To call him a “crank” psychiatrist is to insult the memory of a dead man.
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