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In Defense of Working Fathers
s week's His Side--"In Defense of Working Fathers"--can be heard by clicking here.
Glenn Quoted in Washington Times on Working Fathers, Anti-Father Double Standards  
Children are losers in custody battles
I was quoted on working fathers and anti-father double standards in the Washington Times article Custody's high stakes (7/10/05). Feminist law professor Naomi Cahn gave the standard feminist justification for anti-father family court discrimination--that because fathers usually are not their children's primary caregivers, the pro-mother bias represents "equality." In the article I noted:
"'There's a lot of prejudice against dads who aren't the primary breadwinner...[Men] feel like they're damned if they do and damned if they don't' stay home with the children."
As I explained on the show last night, men's desirability as mates is determined in part by their earning capacity and, once married, men are expected by their wives to be their families' primary breadwinners. According to the International Labor Organization, the average American father works a 51 hour work week. Yet, when fathers walk into family court, the fact that they sacrificed to provide for their families is held against them because they weren't their kids' primary caregivers.  Whatever a man does he's wrong.
Also quoted in the article are: two of my readers, Kevin Lowry and Kenneth Hart, both divorced dads; and Mike McCormick, executive director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children.
To write a Letter to the Editor concerning the article, click here.
Shreveport Times Writer OKs Boy Bashing
The Shreveport Times' Donecia Pea seemingly OKs boy-bashing clothing in her article Boy bashing is the latest in teen fashion (7/11/05). Pea writes:
"In the '60s and '70s, girl power was about burning bras, but for some of today's teens, girl power now comes in the form of boy-bashing fashion."
It's nice to know, though, that none of the stores she checked carry the "Boys are Stupid" shirts.
The article quotes 13 year-old Andrew Murphy, who "has seen the shirts everywhere, especially among his female classmates" and "does get slightly miffed sometimes when he sees the shirts."
Murphy's quote is a little reminiscent of when a nine year-old boy insulted Todd Goldman, the shorts' creator, in People magazine in June. The boy, Sean Kemp, didn't like his older sister's "Boys are Stupid" pajamas. He stuck up for himself and for boys, calling Goldman's shirts "trash," adding "We're not stupid."
One point--note the age of the children here, nine in one case and 13 in the other. When I debated Goldman on CNBC, he and I clashed over his claim that the shirts were only sold to young adults and teenagers. See Sacks, 'Boys are Stupid' Designer Mix it up on CNBC (MND Newswire, 2/25/04).
To write a Letter to the Editor to the Shreveport Times concerning the article, click here.
Glenn to Appear with Josefa Salinas on Hot 92 JAMZ in LA
I will be discussing paternity fraud and child support enforcement abuses with Josefa Salinas of Hot 92 JAMZ in Los Angeles at 7 AM PST on Sunday, July 17. To listen to the show, click here.
The audio of last week's His Side--"Congress to Vote on Renewing Anti-Male Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)"--can be heard by clicking here. To support Dave Burroughs' Safe Homes for Children and Families Coalition (SHCFC) call for action on the recently introduced renewal legislation, click here.
Do You Know a Woman Who Has Helped the Men's and Fathers' Movement and Who Deserves Recognition?
One of the least appreciated aspects of the shared parenting/fatherhood movement is the large percentage of women who have taken up this cause. Seton Hall law professor Solangel Maldonado cites my co-authored column "Why Are There so Many Women in the Fathers' Movement?" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/21/02) in her new work Beyond Economic Fatherhood: Encouraging Divorced Fathers to Parent (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 153 January 2005 No. 3).
Around the time of that article I created the Women Who Have Helped the Men's and Fathers' Movement and Who Deserve Recognition section on www.GlennSacks.com. The section is in need of updating--to view the list and to nominate a woman for the list, click here.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune column was published the day the National Organization for Women's national convention began in Minneapolis. Since the piece penetrated a newspaper often regarded as feminist turf, it is quite possible that it ruined Kim Gandy's breakfast that morning...
Some of you may remember Solangel Maldonado--she and I (as well as Olga Vives, Action Vice President of the NOW) appeared on a special on post-divorce move-aways on Univision's highly rated Aqui y Ahora in May. The show featured the story of Jose Ceballos, a His Side listener whose little son was moved 1,500 miles away against his will. Also featured was a Miami custodial mother who seeks to move her two small children to Texas--to watch the show, click here. The show is all in Spanish, including my segments.
Maldonado made the astute observation that whereas in the past women complained that men were (supposedly) not sufficiently involved in their children's lives on a daily basis, now that men are more involved women are complaining that fathers' expanded roles can interfere with women's post-divorce desires. I would have added that, as usual, men are criticized whatever they do.
Los Angeles' Radio Industry Site Highlights His Side
LARadio.com, the site for the Los Angeles' radio industry, gave His Side with Glenn Sacks a nice write-up this week. LARadio.com discussed Billboard Radio Monitor's  recent feature story on His Side--to read the article, click here.
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Will I See You at the Men's Equality Conference 2005?
I will be speaking at the 2005 Men's Equality Conference July 15 and 16 in Washington D.C.--to attend, click here. Also speaking will be Warren Farrell, Stephen Baskerville, Jack Kammer, Carnell Smith, and Dave Burroughs.  The 2005 Men's Equality Conference will be held 3 blocks from the US capitol.  For more information, visit www.TrueEquality.com.
Last year's conference was exceptionally well-done. My speech to the conference last year was The Future of the American Father.
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Best Wishes,
Glenn Sacks
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