THE DIVORCE INDUSTRY

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary offers us the following definitions of the term "Industry": "diligence in an employment or pursuit"; "systematic labor, especially for the production of (a) value"; "a department or a branch of a craft or business, especially one that employs a large amount of personnel and capital."

DA*DI submits that the radical feminist revolution has exhibited diligence in the pursuit, and the results of their labor has resulted in the literal production or imposition of a new system of values; one that has branched out into virtually every aspect of American culture, and now employs thousands of individuals and professions in the exchange of huge sums of capital. Those capital exchanges involve moneys extracted from divorcing spouses, usually the Dad/husband, by attorneys, family courts, child support collection agencies, federal bureaucracies that administer welfare, abortion services, child protective services, crime and violence control, legal services, and child care services.

In support of this assertion, DA*DI offers the following excerpts and links to the original documents from various web sources.

The old saying goes; "For those who would hear, no explanation is necessary; for those who would not, no explanation is sufficient." Some will not be swayed by the extensive and intellectually compelling articles that follow. They will continue to deny that we are engaged in the culturally destructive industry that operates behind what has been euphemistically called the "Lace Curtain."

"The Lace Curtain" is a term coined years ago to denote the reluctance, failure and outright refusal of many editors, reporters, government officials and other information gatekeepers to acknowledge ideas and data that contradict or challenge prevailing orthodoxies about sexual politics and gender issues.

Throughout the DA*DI pages, we have worked diligently in pasting together a tapestry of facts and learned opinion intended to portray a circumstantial case for the existence of the Divorce Industry and the misinformation strategies of radical feminists. Given the existence of the Lace Curtain, this is a difficult and arduous task by any measure. As Judge Robert H. Bork and many other credible witnesses have asserted, the barriers to reason and science have been erected at every critical juncture under the guise of political correctness and gender politics. We are awash in junk science and fragmented theories that are solemnly pronounced in the media as the new truth through blaring headlines and the sound bites of talking heads.

But we are compelled to continue to present reality in whatever meager form it can be found. In the following, you will find a disturbing picture, if you wish to hear it.

The Radical Feminist Manifesto

Functions of the Family, Linda Gordon, WOMEN: A Journal of Liberation, Fall, 1969.

"The nuclear family must be destroyed, and people must find better ways of living together. ... Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process. ... "Families have supported oppression by separating people into small, isolated units, unable to join together to fight for common interests. ... "

From Female Liberation by Roxanne Dunbar:

"How will the family unit be destroyed? ... the demand alone will throw the whole ideology of the family into question, so that women can begin establishing a community of work with each other and we can fight collectively. Women will feel freer to leave their husbands and become economically independent, either through a job or welfare."

ANTI-FAMILY QUOTES: (to return use your browser's "back" button.)

The Attack on Constitutional Rights

FEMINIST JURISPRUDENCE:
Equal Rights or Neo-Paternalism?
by Michael Weiss and Cathy Young

Michael Weiss, a 1992 graduate of the University of Texas Law School, is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center and a fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Cathy Young is an associate policy analyst of the Cato Institute, a columnist with the Detroit News, and author of Gender Wars (The Free Press, forthcoming).
Executive Summary
In the past decade, feminist legal theory has become a formidable presence in many of America's top law schools. Feminist activism has also had a major impact on many areas of the law, including rape, self-defense, domestic violence, and such new legal categories as sexual harassment. However, the ideology of legal feminism today goes far beyond the original and widely supported goal of equal treatment for both sexes. The new agenda is to redistribute power from the "dominant class" (men) to the "subordinate class" (women), and such key concepts of Western jurisprudence as judicial neutrality and individual rights are declared to be patriarchal fictions designed to protect male privilege.

In addition to civil rights such as free speech, radical feminists are also trying, in effect, to dismantle equal protection in the criminal code. In their well-founded concern with violent crimes against women--particularly rape and domestic battery--the radicals are intent on eliminating many procedural protections for men accused of such crimes. Of course, there is no reason to think that such encroachments on procedural process will remain confined only to rape cases; but to those feminists who dismiss autonomy, liberty, and privacy as mere male illusions, that is not a matter of great concern. At the same time, radical feminists are taking exactly the reverse doctrinal approach to cases of women who kill their partners. They have worked to create a new procedural defense for such women--the battered woman syndrome, which, if taken to its logical extreme, could free any woman who committed violent crimes. This paradox suggests that to the radical feminists, procedural protections belong exclusively to women. The overweening power men theoretically possess in the "patriarchy" in which we live is used as justification for eviscerating the rights of actual men.

Feminist lawyers have pursued two other tacks to circumvent the constitutional protections of the accused in rape cases. The first is the creation of a parallel civil offense in which close cases would be much easier to prove. [159] In a civil trial, the modicum of proof needed for a showing of liability is lowered significantly, from "beyond a reasonable doubt" (about 99 percent) to "a preponderance of the evidence" (about 51 percent), and evidentiary rules are relaxed. [160] The second and much more ominous development is the proposal to make rape a federal hate crime. [161]

It is often said that today's radical feminists are trying to roll back the clock to an era when frail women had to be protected from the harsh world and the natural predatory inclinations of men. That is only partly true. What the radical feminists want is the traditional special protections women had in more paternalistic days plus all the rights that they have gained in the quest for equality with men. Their effort to abolish male privilege while preserving and expanding female privilege is likely to create the very backlash feminists fear. Moreover, most women do not want their brothers, husbands, or sons to live under a legal system that presumes them guilty; nor do they believe that sex is rape, freedom is a male plot, and an abused woman can be her own judge, jury, and executioner.

Yet because a small and vocal minority--the Catharine MacKinnons, the Andrea Dworkins, the Lenore Walkers--has been widely perceived as acting on behalf of all women, it has managed, in less than 15 years, to achieve spectacular successes. Some of their positions have been embraced by the supreme courts of the United States and Canada, and by the governors and voters of several states. They have commitment and time. If their win-loss average continues at its current pace, the day may soon arrive when sexual and political repression to fight sexual and political repression, gender hostility to fight gender hostility, and arbitrary laws to fight arbitrary laws become the order of the day.

The CATO Report, June, 96

The Gender Wars as Conducted in Family Courts:

The Tao of Divorce:
A Woman's Guide to Winning
1996, Attorney Steven L. Fuchs
(based on Sun Tzu's the Art of War)

[Advocating Dirty Tricks, Deception, Theft, and Kidnapping:]
PART 1: THE BATTLE PLAN
- CHAPTER 1 -
Secret Way of the Warrior
To defeat the enemy psychologically is superior to defeating the enemy militarily.

Chapter 1 explores the Taoist concept that information and planning makes conflict unnecessary, or as Sun Tzu says, "it's best to win without fighting." We also explain the importance of psychology to the divorce process, exploring the holistic approach to preparing mind and body for conflict. We recommend appointing a Sage Advisor (psychotherapist) to help build psychological fortifications and develop offensive strategies for psychological warfare. The efficacy of using psychotropic mediation such as Prozac, is also discussed as part of the mind-body holistic approach.

- CHAPTER 2 -
Sleeping with the Enemy
All War is Based on Deception.

We emphasize the importance of setting reasonable, morally justifiable objectives and using espionage to achieve these goals. The ideal reader will arm herself with complete financial information before declaring war, i.e., filing for divorce.

The Tao of Divorce:
A Woman's Guide to Winning

- Bibliography -

Ackerman, Dr. Marc. J. How to Examine Psychological Experts in Divorce and Other Civil Actions. Eau Claire, WI: Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1990.

American Journal of Family Law.

  • Colorado Springs: Wiley Law Publications, 1990-94.

    American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry.

  • Balboa Island, CA: American College of Forensic Psychiatry, 1994.

    American Psychiatric Glossary.

  • Washington: American Psychiatric Press, Inc., 1987.

    Bauer, Jill. From "I Do" to "I'll Sue".
  • New York: Penguin Books, 1993. Good entertainment for comic relief. Sample quotes: "Marriages don't last. When I meet a guy, the first question I ask my self is" 'Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?'" Rita Rudner.
  • Biracree, Tom. How to Protect Your Spousal Rights:

  • The Complete Guide to Your Legal and Financial Rights. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1991. Good resources. Lists various organizations and their publications.

    Black, Henry Campbell. Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Ed.

  • St. Paul: West Publishing Co., 1990. "The" standard reference work in the field.

    Brovins, Joan M. and Oehmke, Thomas. Divorce Dirty Tricks.
  • Hollywood, FL: Lifetime Books, Inc., 1993. Takes a strictly "western," scorched earth approach, but beware, overkill can backfire. Also offers some good practical advice, but following all their recommendations can be hazardous to your financial health.
  • Carper, Jean. Food-Your Miracle Medicine.

  • New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. Eat healthy during your divorce. Great tips for tasty, low-fat, highly nutritious foods.

    Cohen, Harriet Newman. The Divorce Book.

  • New York: Avon Books, 1994. Just published....

    Couric, Emily. Divorce Lawyers: The People and Stories Behind Ten Dramatic Cases. New York: Saint Martin's Press, 1991. Anecdotal analysis of ten cases, each representing different legal problems. Author overly impressed with conventional but unsophisticated criteria for selecting a lawyer, for instance, Martindale and Hubble ratings. She also lists the membership roster of the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers. Good resource directory.

    Deng, Ming-Dau. 365 Tao: Daily Meditations.

  • New York: Harper San Francisco, 1992. Taoist readings help you get "centered" in the fast- paced western world.

    Engel, Margorie L. Divorce Help Sourcebook.

  • Detroit: Visible Ink, 1994. The most comprehensive sourcebook we have seen. Hundreds of organizations, publications and a state-by-state guide.

    Family Advocate.

  • Chicago: Section of Family Law, American Bar Association, 1994.

    Family Law Quarterly.

  • Chicago: Section of Family Law, American Bar Association, 1994.

    Family Law Reporter.

  • Washington: Bureau of National Affairs, 1994. The most extensive reporter covering all 50 states plus federal law.

    Feder, Robert D. Valuation Strategies in Divorce, Second Edition.

  • New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1992 Fairly technical. Written and priced ($85.00) for lawyers. Important reading for complicated valuation questions.

    Friedman, James T. The Divorce Handbook: Your Basic Guide to Divorce.

  • New York: Random House, 1984. Excellent Q&A format. Answers 227 commonly asked divorce questions. Good adjunct to this book.

    Lapin, Lee. How to Get Anything on Anybody: The Encyclopedia of Personal Surveillance.
  • San Mateo, CA: ISECO, Inc., 1991. A behind the scenes look at high-tech, clandestine operations. Our state bar rules ban lawyers from recommending illegal actions, so you are on your own. Available through CEP, Inc., Boulder, CO.

  • Kramer, Dr. Peter D. Listening to Prozac.

  • New York: Viking, 1993 A new perspective on the efficacy of certain antidepressents. Fascinating reading.

    Langs, Robert Dr. Rating Your Psychotherapist.
    Dr. Langs takes the therapy mystique out of the closet. A must read for anyone who wants to understand the subconscious in therapy, know how shrinks think, and how they are supposed to behave.

    Margulies, Dr. Sam. Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life.

  • New York: Simon & Shuster, 1992. Outstanding, non-combative advice for couples who trust and can communicate with each other.

    Massachusetts Lawyers Diary and Manual.

  • Newark: Lawyers Diary and Manual, 1994. Martindale and Hubble Law Directory. St. Paul: West Publishing Co. The semi-official "who's who" of the law business. Mostly biographical sketches and specializations. Available in law libraries.

    Moriarty et. al. The Valuation Expert in Divorce Litigation.

  • Chicago: American Bar Association, Section on Family Law, 1992.

    Palmer, Martin. The Elements of Taoism.

  • Rockport, MA: Shaftsbury, Dorest 1991

    Schatzberg et. al., Alan F. Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 2nd Ed.

  • Washington: American Psychiatric Press, Inc., 1991. Former Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Schatzberg is Chief of Psychiatry at Stanford, and well known for his research in psycho-active medication.

    The Social Security Book: What Every Woman Needs to Know.

  • Washington, DC: AARP, 1991. Easy to follow booklet. Available from AARP Fulfillment, 601 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049

    Tzu, Lao. The Tao of Power: A New Translation of the Tao Te Ching

  • by R.L. Wing. New York: Doubleday, 1985. The best translation we have seen. Brings western context to eastern philosophy. Beautifully illustrated.

    Tzu, Sun. The Art of War. Translated by Thomas Clarey.
    Boston: Shambhala Publications Inc., 1988.

    Tzu, Sun. The Art of War. Popular edition, but poorly annotated.

    Tzu, Sun. The Art of War: The Modern Chinese Interpretation.
  • Interpreted by General Tao Hanzhang, Translated by Yuan Shibing. New York: Sterling Publications, 1990. Interesting point of view from General Tao, formerly a senior officer in the People's Liberation Army and contemporary of Chairman Mao, he is now a senior advisor to the Beijing Institute of International Strategic Studies.
  • United States Code Annotated. Chapter 28 USC 1738A. Parental Kidnapping Act.
  • Washington, DC: Superintendent of Public Documents. Dry reading for lawyer wanna-bes.
  • Vaughan, Diane. Uncoupling: Turning Points in Intimate Relationships.

  • New York: Vintage Books, 1990.

    Ziskin et. al. , Jay. Coping with Psychiatric and Psychological Testimony, 4th Ed.
  • Los Angeles: Law and Psychology Press, 1988. The bible on how to destroy the testimony of mental health expert witnesses.
  • Von Senger, Harro. The Book of Stratagems (Tactics for Triumph and Survival).

  • New York: Viking, 1991. The historic 18 stratagems colorfully retold by a Swiss sinologist. Unbelievable deceit accomplishes amazing results.
  • A Woman's Guide to Pension Rights.

  • Washington, DC: American Association of Retired Persons, 1991.

    Hague Convention.
  • Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
  • The Tao of Divorce


    The Misinformation Ministry:



    Few books of modern times have had as great an impact in law, in popular culture and in understanding, as has "The Battered Woman". We have all heard of the "Battered Woman Syndrome," which originated with this book. Later feminist writings on the subject credit Prof. Walker for establishing the contemporary feminist theory and jurisprudence on "Domestic Violence," which they invariably depict as violence by a man against a woman. Every woman who has obtained mitigation in punishment for an act of violence against her mate by pleading the "battered woman syndrome" is a direct beneficiary of Dr. Walker's feminist advocacy and research.

    Unfortunately, no one seems to have ever performed any critical analysis of this work, at least in public. Seldom in modern times has any work had such great impact, yet received so little scrutiny. This is (or should be) astonishing, although it is not difficult to discern the reason why. Given the pressure to conform to "political correctness" at most colleges and universities, any serious objection raised to such a cornerstone of feminist research would unquestionably be career-limiting, if not grounds for actual dismissal.

    The Battered Woman Myth


    Researching the "Rape Culture" of
    America

    An Investigation of Feminist Claims about Rape

    By Christina Hoff Sommers
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Clark University

    There are many researchers who study rape victimization, but their relatively low figures generate no headlines. The reporters from the Blade interviewed several scholars whose findings on rape were not sensational but whose research methods were sound and were not based on controversial definitions. Eugene Kanin, a retired professor of sociology from Purdue University and a pioneer in the field of acquaintance rape, is upset by the intrusion of politics into the field of inquiry: "This is highly convoluted activism rather than social science research."[35] Professor Margaret Gordon of the University of Washington did a study in 1981 that came with relatively low figures for rape (one in fifty). She tells of the negative reaction to her findings: "There was some pressure-at least I felt pressure-to have rape be as prevalent as possible . . .. I'm a pretty strong feminist, but one of the things I was fighting was that the really avid feminists were trying to get me to say that things were worse than they really are."[36]

    Rape Culture?


    IN DEFENSE OF SPLITTING UP

    The growing antidivorce movement is blind to the costs of bad marriages

    BARBARA EHRENREICH

    "As for some of the wilder claims, such as "teen suicide has tripled as divorces have tripled": well, roller-blading has probably tripled in the same time period too, and that's hardly a reason to ban in-line skates."

    Splitting Up


    What is the Lace Curtain?


    "The Lace Curtain" is a term coined years ago to denote the reluctance, failure and outright refusal of many editors, reporters, government officials and other information gatekeepers to acknowledge ideas and data that contradict or challenge prevailing orthodoxies about sexual politics and gender issues.

    For Example: By any measure, Good Will Toward Men is the kind of book that would be expected to garner a good deal of exposure in the traditional print media:

    • it deals in sexual politics and gender issues, topics that get more than a little attention in the media
    • there has never been another book that interviewed women who can appreciate and articulate a pro-male perspective on sexual politics
    • it includes a former president of NOW expressing good will toward men, in and of itself a remarkable and unexpected fact
    • the book had gained strong early praise from an impressive collection of experts and other public figures who deal in gender issues and sexual politics
    • the author and the former president of NOW appeared on NBC's Today Show on the book's publication date
    Nevertheless, the book was reviewed in a grand total of zero daily newspapers. Furthermore, the book generated not a single feature story in any major newspaper. Those facts alone do not provide strong reason to suspect journalistic foul play. The following facts, however, do:
    • the book review editor of a well-respected daily newspaper in a major American city killed a review of GWTM because the review was favorable
    • a feature writer for the Baltimore Sun who was hostile and antagonistic in her interview with the author of Good Will Toward Men did the worst thing she could do to hurt the book - she wrote nothing about it
    These two incidents are known and well documented. Since the book received so little attention we might surmise that other editorial decisions were similarly made.


    The False Allegation Industry:


    (presented in other DA*DI pages as well)

    "Efforts to curb child abuse have mushroomed into new hysteria that hurts children and parents and is crippling Colorado's efforts to protect it's young a Rocky Mountain News study has found.

    Lawyers, investigators and people who have been dragged into the state's child protection system say unfounded and overblown reports of child abuse have contributed to a witch-hunt mentality." - Rocky Mountain News, 10/26/86

    "A Wall Street Journal article by Douglas Besharov fomerly director of the federal National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, quotes a figure of 65% false reports of child abuse in 1985."

    "Child saving has a long and troubled history in America. It represents a peculiar combination of genuine concern, hysteria, the misuse of authority, and the systematic denial of constitutional rights to both children and parents. The disturbing new element is the joining of a blatantly anti-family ideology to the historic child-saving philosophy. The consequences of this change is an America turned upside down, with the law becoming a weapon that is held at the throats of families throughout the land." - Persuasion At Work, Vol. 8, No. 8.

    VOCAL (Victims of Child Abuse Laws) of Colorado states that federal studies have shown that "unfounded" reports of child abuse have risen from 35% in 1976 to 65% in 1985.

    DA*DI has demonstrated, per Child Maltreatment 1994: Reports from the States to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, the incidence of "unfounded" allegations (i.e., false allegations) has now risen to 79% in 1994 - a nearly two-fold increase in just under two decades.


    Radical feminists - a minority of angry and misguided social misfits - have, to date, been extremely effective in launching their program of social -reengineering. Through a systematic and energetic program of misinformation, they have created an atmosphere of fear and loathing which has branded all men as potential if not actual rapists, batterers and pedophiles - despite the existence of factual evidence that women are equally capable and equally often the actual perpetrators; has raised the spector of child abuse and domestic violence as public enemy number one - despite the fact that more than 99% of American children are not subjected to abuse and that at least half of all domestic violence is female initiated; has created a new form of dependency for women - dependency on the federal government - which for those who would have a traditional family has forced one of the marital partners to work full-time just to pay taxes, while the other works full-time to support the family; and has deprived more than 40% of American children of their biological Father - while simultaneously advocating for indiscriminate child-bearing and infanticide.

    Quite an INDUSTRY indeed.

    Is Socialism just ahead?

    Gerald L. Rowles, Ph.D.; 12/94


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