F & F's Holstein Discusses Alimony Reform on WXKS in Boston (Audio Available)
September 29, 2011Fathers and Families founder and Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS discussed the new Massachusetts alimony law on the Jeff Katz Show on AM WXKS 1200 in Boston this morning. To listen to the interview, click here. The bill, signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick yesterday, will largely end the lifetime alimony burden that family courts have placed on many Massachusetts obligors. Dr. Holstein cautioned that the new law, while a big step forward, could still be undermined by the gender bias pervasive in family courts. He explained:
"Whatever people think is the right and fair solution [on alimony], it should be the same for men and for women."Dr. Holstein criticized Patrick for his judicial selections, some of which he called "awful." He explained:
"One of his appointments was a woman whose law practice in Cambridge had been called the 'Women's Law Center' and he appointed her to be a family court judge. She had never represented a man because she didn't believe in it, and now she's adjudicating cases between men and women."
F & F's Holstein Criticizes Obama's New DV Proclamation on the Dr. Laura Show (Audio Available)
October 8, 2011Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS discussed president Obama's new Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation on the Dr. Laura Show Friday. To listen to the audio, click here. Dr. Laura clearly enjoyed the interview, telling her listeners afterward "That was fabulous---I loved talking to him." To join the vigorous discussion of the issue on Dr. Laura's Facebook page, click here. Dr. Holstein explains that Obama"s new proclamation misstates several key facts on men, women, and domestic violence:
"Obama tells us that ‘One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime." In reality, over 200 studies have found that women initiate at least as much violence against their male partners as vice versa. Obama"s 3.25 ratio is actually 1-1. And men comprise about a third of domestic violence injuries and deaths.'During the half hour interview, Dr. Holstein noted that this isn't just a quibble over statistics. In a recent release he asserted:
"The myth that ‘only men do it" has crept into family courts, leading judges to put children into the custody of dangerous mothers whose violence is ignored because of the pervasive myth that women do not injure or kill.'The controversial Dr. Laura has been a longtime supporter of family court reform. For example, in 2004 in the wake of the California Supreme Court's move-away decision in In re Marriage of LaMusga, Dr. Laura helped our campaign to defeat legislation sponsored by the president of the California Senate which would have abrogated LaMusga and given custodial parents the right to arbitrarily move their children whenever they wanted, wherever they wanted. To learn more about LaMusga, see our column Is a Pool More Important than a Dad? (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/4/04).
Brandweek Discusses 'Dad as Idiot' Advertising, Says 'It’s Hard to Argue that Guys Like Sacks Don’t Have a Point'
November 21, 2007Background: We've done several protests against ads which portray men and fathers as clowns--see Campaign Against Anti-Father Verizon Commercial, Campaign Against Anti-Male Advertising, Campaign Against Detroit News ‘Get Her a Gift or She"ll Give You a Black Eye" Ad and Portable On Demand Storage Decides to Remove Anti-Male Ad in Face of Protests. To learn more about the problems with the way men are portrayed in advertising, click here. Brandweek editor Todd Wasserman discusses the problem of 'Dad as Idiot' advertising in his recent column The Surviving Dads Of Ads (Brandweek Magazine, 11/12/07).
Fathers & Families' Glenn Sacks Discusses Chris Brown/Rihanna DV Incident on Cleveland Radio
February 25, 2009I discussed teen singer Chris Brown"s reported assault of singer Rihanna on Rover's Morning Glory radio show in Cleveland, Memphis and other cities this morning. Rover is very tuned in to men's and fathers' issues, while his female co-host Duji is...less so. Rover was very interested in what happens to men who are accused of domestic violence, particularly in relation to divorce/custody. If this is something you have experienced, I suggest you write to him by clicking here. Teen singer Chris Brown"s reported assault of singer Rihanna is being widely depicted as an opportunity for society to learn about domestic violence, particularly teen dating violence. However, much of what the media and misguided women"s advocates are using the incident to teach is faulty. The view that males almost exclusively perpetrate domestic violence, and only females are victims is a severe distortion. For example, the most recent large-scale study of domestic violence was published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2007.