Rob, proprietor of the excellent blog No Ma’am made an excellent point at In Mala Fide that we unfairly pin the death of the Family on the institution of no-fault divorce when it was in fact the change in custody laws from automatic paternal custody to automatic MATERNAL custody that swung the pendulum in favor of rampant divorce. Nothing will keep a woman in a marriage like the fear of losing her children:
(The scene I wanted is split RIGHT in half between these two chunks, of course!)
Problem is the Feminists seem to always be one step ahead. What attended automatic maternal custody? The cultural inculcation of FEAR OF MEN. How can we ever return to paternal custody as long as the cultural belief that men are ALL abusive Sex Offenders persists?
We were watching episodes of the original Hulk TV series the other day and my Husband was struck with the observation that the wandering David Banner is welcomed into 100 homes and entrusted with 100 kids throughout the series with NO EVIDENCE that men were to be automatically distrusted in the presence of children. Look at all of the other shows like it, Knight Rider, the A Team–in all of these shows the most common motif is males as PROTECTORS of strange children, not their chief threat.
I am not a conspiracy theorist–so I can’t say this was done deliberately, but that the vile memes of Feminism have accreted upon each other like the layers of a pearl as the horrible consequences of putting their philosophy into action unfolded. First came the sexual liberation, then the spectacle of millions of women inviting BAD strange men into their homes without regard to their background or quality and THEN came the abuse and molestations followed not by the demonization of EVIL men or the women who pulled them into their homes but the demonization of ALL men. This of course, like all feminist action, did nothing but hurt GOOD men and increase their removal from the purview of women and their children.