The Feminist Hall of Shame
FATHERS RIGHTS NUTS DEMAND JOINT CUSTODY
Sunday July 2l, 1997 Boston Herald
Ex-Hubbies Want Voters
Help Harassing Ex-Wives
As if the voters aren't tortured enough, they may now be dragged
into divorce court.
The fathers of Massachusetts
are very busy this summer.
Not trying to do more for
their kids. Trying to do more to get even with
their ex-wives. And they
want our help.
From trailer parks
and bar rooms around the state, fathers rights activists
are organizing a referendum
campaign asking voters to mandate shared custody.
Judges, who now grant
custody of the children to the mother in the vast
majority of divorce cases,
would have no choice but to order joint custody
except in extraordinary
cases of abuse.
So the idiots who
think that mailing a $50-a-week child support payment
makes them a hero can finally
get a return on their big investment.
service -me dia-police-feminist-polincal conspiracy to
keep good dads down will
finally be broken.
stupidity probably will never make it to the ballot.
Attorney General Scott Harshbarger,
who must clear all referendum questions
for constitutionality, will
probably reject it because it interferes with
But it points out
]ust how pathetic these fathers rights activists are, and
just how dangerous the lawyers
who encourage them to devote their lives to
routinely dragging their
ex-wives to court are as well.
These are the same
nuts who get together for monthly meetings to rid
themselves of the guilt
of neglecting their kids, drinking a bit too much,
getting a bit too angry,
losing a bit too much control.
They're the same
nuts who believe that the vast majority of restraining
orders sought by women are
"cry wolf' complaints, and that child abuse
complaints are "fraud" perpetrated
by social workers.
They're the same nuts
who proposed requiring equal access to school records
for their kids, a measure
that would make any stalker smile.
"Lawyers don't want
to even go to probate court anymore, they get beat up so
bad if they represent a
man," one Fatherhood Coalition activist told me the
other day. "We want the
judges to be held accountable."
a good word. Wonder how often it comes up at their
I don't get called
politically correct very often. And I know there are
marriages that don't work
and it's nobody's fault and sometimes both parents
do care equally about their
But I also know that
kids don't come first in a divorce proceeding.
I know that
an hour spent reading to your kid -- even if it is during the
terms of a strict visitation
-- is better than 100 hours glaring at your
ex-wife in court or thinking
about new and innovative ways for payback.
You're talking to
a man who believes in reading to his kids," the father
activist told me. "But I
have to read to other people' skids because the
court haven't let me see
mine for more than a year. They say I'm mentally
I know one other
thing: the last place to solve that problem is on the
Read Joe Sciacca every Monday
in the Boston Herald.