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Divorce Bill’s flaws inadvertently aid abusers
DANS LA MEME RUBRIQUE
Burkini Is a Feminist Issue Too
The notion that it’s ok for disabled men to pay for sex is rooted in misogyny and ableism
Egyptian doctor living in Zurich produces educational videos about health and sexuality for the Arab world
Amnesty International and Prostitution : Not in Our Name !
Open letter to rabble.ca - Support Meghan Murphy suffered a misogynist campaign by the sex industry lobby
"Insectual - The Secret of the Black Butterfly", by Barbara Sala
Canada’s New Sex Trade Law
Sharia Law, Apostasy and Secularism
“Harm reduction” is not enough to appropriately analyze prostitution
True Progressives Encourage Women’s Equality, Not Their Prostitution
Sexual mutilations outside Africa : new report and new denial except the Iraqi case
FGM slowing down ? The UN asserts it, the Indonesian case contradicts it
Prostitution, STRASS and the senator - When opacity becomes relevant
Is equating prostitution and rape ‘intolerable violence’ ? Really ?
Obama, Madonna and us
After Ontario Courts rule on Bedford : a rant
Comparing Sex Buyers and Non-Sex Buyers July 2011 (Boston)
Sex resistance in heterosexual arrangements
Abolitionists of the prostitution system : who we are, what we want !
Women Living Under Muslim Laws Statement on Libya
Prostitution is a Threat to Humanity
Prostitution - Call for Australia’s prostitution laws to be tightened
Violence - An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers
Nothing that is sexual can be considered criminal : hidden sexual violence in the DSK case
The Truth about Global Sex Slavery – A Book by Lydia Cacho
Why reproductive rights and prostitution are not the same thing : A response to one decriminalization argument
Prostitution - The abolitionist project within the conference Women’s Worlds 2011
Montreal - The Turcotte jury got it wrong
Reasons I Will Not Go On the Slutwalk
International Sex Industries and their Accomplices Hamper the Autonomy of All Women
Ten Critical Reasons for getting rid of Harper’s Conservatives
Real solidarity with prostituted women is in the fight for abolition of prostitution
Decriminalize prostituted persons and criminalize those who exploit them (‘johns’ and pimps)
Polygamy in Canada Should Remain Illegal
My fears of the push for indoors prostitution
We cannot be satisfied with the simple harm-reduction model
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is Worried About Himel’s Judgement on Prostitution
Ontario Court Decision Abandons Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour to Pimps
Response to the VPD review in the cases of the Pickton Murders
Speech - The effects of globalization of political Islam on Women’s Rights, the question with polygamy, the Niqab and Honour Killing
Quebec Forges Enlightened Trail on Burkas
Breast Cancer a Disease, No a Marketing Opportunity
The International Campaign To Closedown Iranian Embassies
Violation of rights in Iran, a window from my experience to a broader picture
"Sex worker" ? Never met one !
The One Million Signatures Campaign has been awarded the prestigious Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation
Prostitution - Feminist Perspectives, a book
Prostitution : Violating the Human Rights of Poor Women
More than 1 000 american historians call for equity in the stimulus package in open letter to Obama
Order of Canada Awarded to Dr. Morgentaler - Acts of intimidation should not rule Canada
Femaid report on Afghanistan, May 2008
Time for Quebecers to be more open : Bouchard-Taylor report
Canadian Bar Association supports strengthening equality in the Quebec Charter
Zero Tolerance for Johns : How the Government of Sweden Would Respond to Spitzer
Politicians are responsible for toxic, misogynist environment facing girls
Spitzer - The Myth of the Victimless Crime
Goodbye To All That (#2)
The freedom to never prostitute oneself
NO legalized brothels for the Olympics 2010 - Aboriginal women’s Action Network statement on prostitution
CLES says NO to the violence of prostitution
Does Porn Make the Man ?
A Trip Into the Absurd
Mothers File International Complaint Against United States
Prostitutes are victims, not criminals
Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation, Volume I (1966-1986)
The Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (CLES) intervene during the upcoming provincial election
Prostitution - Three Women and a Debate
Men Favour the Apolitical Discourse on Prostitution
The Whole Truth Must be Told : Sylviane’s testimony on her experience of prostitution
Democracy and Religious Obligations : an Impasse ?
What is liberation ? Feminism past, present and future
Books by Andrea Dworkin
Globalization, Militarism and Sex Trafficking
Muslim Groups Denounce the Cultural Relativism of a Certain Left
Canadian Muslim leader alleges her veil views sparked vandalism
Prostitution : CATW’S Post-World Cup Statement
NOW to denounce so-called parental alienation
Prostitution : for an Abolitionist Bill
The dimensions of trafficking for purposes of prostitution
"Charm is a Guise ; Batterers Belong in Jail, Expert Says"
Interview with Catherine MacKinnon : Are Women Human ?
Danish cartoons - Doing away with the Enlightenment ?
It’s happening next door : from incestuous girls to alienating mothers
Green Light for Pimps and Johns
Buying Sex is not a Sport
Prostitution is Violence Against Women
The Ideal Site for the Crime
Tell me, what does "gender" really mean ?
Gunilla Ekberg : « The best thing we can do for our sisters is to support them to get out of prostitution »
Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon : « They haven’t crushed me yet. »
Decriminalizing prostitution, a magnet for pimps and johns
Declaration on Religious Arbitration in Family Law
Prostitution : Towards a Canadian policy of abolition
Prostitution inseparable of violence against women
The need for a public debate on prostitution and its social consequences
Prostitution of First Nations Women in Canada
270 000 $ granted to Stella for a four days event on sex work
IN MEMORIAM : Andrea Dworkin or The passion for justice
Decriminalizing prostitution will not improve the security of prostituted women
Dworkin - Taking Back the Night
Backlash and Whiplash : A Critique of Statistics Canada’s 1999 General Social Survey on Victimization
Helping the prostituted women or promoting prostitution ?
The Need for a Public Debate on Prostitution and its Social Consequences
The legalization of prostitution and its impact on trafficking in women and children
Prostitution Links, Women’s Justice Center
"If you don’t take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits"
Sweden Treating Prostitution as Violence Against Women
Forced marriage as crime
Why Women Must Get out of Men’s Laps
International Campaing Against Shari’a Court in Canada
Decriminalize prostituted women, not prostitution
Canada Contributes to the Sexual Trafficking of Women for Purposes of Prostitution
Fathers’ Rights Groups in Australia and their Engagement with Issues in Family Law
Women Rage Against ’Rape’ in Northeast India
Sexual domination in uniform : an american value
Tribunals Will Marginalize Canadian Muslin Women and Increase Privatization of Family Law
The sexual sadism of our culture, in peace and in war
Queer theory and violence against women
The Legalisation of Prostitution : A failed social experiment
Globalization and the Sex Trade : Trafficking and the Commodification of Women and Children
Will Paternal Paranoia Triumph ?
Ode to Survivors
Court confirms any woman’s human right to organize with peers
Program produces motherless kids
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN Labour Organization (ILO) Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part One)
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN International Labour Organization Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part Two)
Elisabeth Badinter distorts feminism the better to fight it
Prostitution : Rights of Women or Right to Women ?
The "Stolen Feminism" Hoax : Anti-Feminist Attack Based on Error-Filled Anecdotes
Hormone Replacement Therapy, the "Magic Bullet" Ricochets
For the sake of the children : the law, domestic violence and children contact in England
Friendships between women good for health
Children of divorce need our protection
Problem isn’t little boys, it’s little minds
A report from Status of Women Canada about the discursive denial of gender inequalities
Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution
Poem for Peace
Peace Rally Speech of a 12 year old American Girl
Good clone, bad clone ?
Canadian Women’s Health Network
So hard to say goodbye
Dans cet article, publié dans le Toronto Star, Michele Landsberg résume les inquiétudes des femmes qui ont pris le temps d’analyser les caractéristiques de la réforme de la Loi canadienne sur le divorce proposée par le ministre Martin Cauchon (voir http://www.owjn.org et http://www.anfd.ca), le projet de loi C-22.
Ces problèmes sont nombreux : suppression de la notion de garde pour créer l’équivalent d’une garde conjointe automatique, sans égard à qui assure le travail parental au quotidien ; prévisible perpétuation de la violence conjugale, toujours "pire" après une séparation, au nom d’une prétendue "responsabilité parentale" attribuée d’office au parent le moins investi ; refus de tenir compte de l’inégalité persistante des femmes, notamment pour ce qui est du partage des tâches parentales, ou du désintérêt de la majorité des pères divorcés pour leurs enfants (autrement que pour esquiver leurs obligations financières en réclamant 40% du temps parental) ; risques accrus d’enlèvement international s’il suffit d’avoir du "temps parental" pour être présumé avoir la garde de l’enfant au sens de la Convention de La Haye ; multiplication prévisible des procédures de harcèlement judiciaire des mères (déjà constatées dans les pays où de telles réformes ont été adoptées au nom des Droits du Père) ; suppression de l’aide juridique au nom des ententes "à l’amiable" ; partage au petit bonheur des allocations familiales, de l’aide sociale, selon ce que Monsieur promet...
Landsberg signale que les députés du parti au pouvoir et de l’Opposition ne semblent pas comprendre les risques en cause si ce projet de loi au langage mielleux ("smarmy") est adopté tel quel.
Elle signale que cette loi va donner encore plus d’armes aux parents contrôlants et violents - qui même s"ils sont en minorité ont accaparé la réforme en cours - alors même que se multiplient les meurtres commis par des pères aigris. Il s’agit ni plus ni moins que d’une atteinte directe au droit au divorce. (Martin Dufresne)
Divorce Bill’s flaws inadvertently aid abusers
In the bright new federal Divorce Act, the words will be anodine, a honeyed syrup to blot out troubling thoughts and smooth away raucous dissent.
To placate the most extreme of the fathers’ rights agitators (many of them among his own Liberal colleagues in parliament) justice minister Martin Cauchon has come up with some smarmy new language in his Bill C-22 to amend the Divorce Act. He’s going to do away with the nasty win-lose implications of "custody" and "access", for example,in favour of "parental responsibility" to be carved up by Solomon-like judges.
The problem is that the words are so ill thought out that they will imperil abused women and their children, undermine the equality provisions of the Charter of Rights, make international kidnappings much easier, and create a disastrous surge of new litigation.
This "parental responsibility" is a thinly disguised version of automatic shared custody. Where it’s been tried, in England and Australia, the amount of litigation has increased rather than decreased, because it’s precisely the tiny minority of really combative, warring parents who make it all the way to trial and are then ordered to do just what they’re incapable of : co-operating for the sake of the kids.
Most parents, of course, separate with some civility. They keep their mutual anger from spilling over and scalding the children. The huge majority (95 per cent) settle, by themselves or with lawyers, without going all the way to trial.
The small, angry minority, however, has now made enough noise that the law is about to be rewritten in its interests.
That’s competely lunatic.
Trace the current controversy back to its source. When the federal government brought in new child support guidelines a few years back, it said that support payments could be reduced if the paying parent (usually the father) actually had custody of the child for 40 per cent or more of the time. Boom ! Joint custody suddenly became the passionate goal of the fathers’ rights movement.
The conservative media pounced on this cause because it shored up male rights and male dominance. Most Canadians also go along with joint custody because it sounds equal and fair.
But here’s the documented reality : Some men may indeed suffer from denied access. But 69 per cent of children live with their mothers, whether there is "joint custody" or not. More than 40 per cent of fathers who have joint custody do not bother to see their children at all, or no more than once a month.
It’s the mothers, just as in almost all intact families, who take the temperatures, clean up the vomit, scrub the toilet, take days off work when the child is sick, run to the doctor and dentist, fold the laundry, listen to the school-age heartaches about mean teachers and best friends, phone around for a babysitter, juggle the weekend schedule and keep mental track of everyone’s needs.
This work is invisible and uncounted when done by women. For most children, this is the steady underpinning of their lives. Yet, when fathers demand custody, the courts lean heavily in their favour. In some U.S. jurisdictions, men who sue for custody win between 50 and 75 per cent of the time. In Canada, it’s always been slightly more than 50 per cent. There is, in fact, no bias toward women in the courts. Quite the opposite.
Here’s the danger : among the small minority that battles all the way through the courts, a significant number are abused women and their aggressive, controlling partners. Inevitably, the burden will be on the woman to argue why "shared responsibility" would be wrong. Often, an abused woman is warned by her lawyer (if she can afford one, now that legal aid has evaporated) not to mention the abuse, lest it be held against her as a "false accusation". So Cauchon’s amendment offers the abuser an open door into the life of his ex. Because of her children, she is sentenced to a sort of permanent, ongoing non-marriage to the man she is trying to escape.
True - and this is a very positive aspect - Cauchon’s bill says that judges must take into account any domestic violence when deciding the best interests of the child. But even there, the language of the bill is dishonest. It never mentions violence against women, or women’s entrenched inequality. It smears over the truth with its oleaginous talk about "family violence" , a concept that encourages violent men to counter-charge their partners and have the allegations wash each other out.
The amendments also ignore the fact that the most dangerous men (like murderers Randy Iles and Ralph Hadley) commit emotional rather than physical violence before the final attack : spying, stalking, harassing, death threats, injuring pets, destroying clothes and photos. The new bill makes no mention of these terrifying warning signs.
A batterer or a stalker should never, ever, have unsupervised access. Just look at the newspapers : these are the men who are capable of killing their own children in their rage against the woman who left them. Like Peter Currie, convicted of slashing the throat of his two-year old daughter Alexis and leaving her to die alone in the forest, so he could take vengeance on his ex-wife.
Until the Divorce Act drops the phony "gender neutrality" and confronts the danger posed by abusive men, this is one scary piece of legislation.
Kidnappers, too, will have a joyride with the " shared parenting" presumption, because, with this wording, they can elude charges under the anti-abduction Hague Convention.
Perhaps worst of all, the bill flouts the Charter of Rights, which demands that laws enhance women’s equality. There is not a word in this badly designed bill that acknowledges women’s continuing inequality, in the family, in finances and in the courts.
The deeply flawed Bill C-22 will go before a parliamentary committee later this spring. MPs and the public better wake up before its too late.
Publié dans The Sunday Star, le 13 avril 2003
Mis en ligne sur Sisyphe en juin 2003
"Premiers commentaires sur le projet de loi amendant la Loi sur le divorce" - Lire ici : http://www.owjn.org/custody/amend-f.htm
Réseau des femmes ontariennes sur la garde légale des enfants
"Mémoire au Comité fédéral, provincial et territorial sur le droit de la famille sur la garde, le droit de visite et les pensions alimentaires pour enfants", le 6 juin 2001. Ontario Women’s Justice Network (OWJN)
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