Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custodyby Phyllis Chesler
Passionate and perceptive, the highly praised Mothers on Trial is both an indictment of a discriminatory system and a celebration of motherhood under seige. It is essential reading for anyone concerned, either personally or professionally, with custody rights. See more details below
Passionate and perceptive, the highly praised Mothers on Trial is both an indictment of a discriminatory system and a celebration of motherhood under seige. It is essential reading for anyone concerned, either personally or professionally, with custody rights.
“Heavily documenting her book with legal precedent, expert input, and studies, Chesler makes her case with all of her zeal intact. Fresh, [and] timely content” Library Journal in its STARRED review of the revised, 2nd edition of Mothers on Trial
“An unblinking look at gender bias in child-custody battles.”Kirkus Reviews on the revised, 2nd edition of Mothers on Trial
“Sure to inspire anger, understanding and action.” Gloria Steinem on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial
“Extremely subversive. . . . It should and will enrage, entice, incite and liberate.” Kate Millett on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial
“A stunning and exhaustive indictment of the treatment of mothers by the modern justice system. Highly recommended.” Library Journal on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial
“No brief review can do justice to the scope or style of her current book, a rich fabric of woven of compelling data from her interviews with warring parents, evocations of myth and poetry, and the transcribed voices of mothers on trial.”
Psychology Today on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial
“An essential work.” Erica Jong on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial
An unblinking look at gender bias in child-custody battles.
Fathers'-rights advocates have picketed her lectures, but Chesler (Psychology, Women's Studies/CUNY;Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, 2009, etc.) storms the gates with a compelling and well-researched update of her 1986 landmark title. With eight new chapters, the author continues her investigation into how patriarchal attitudes and laws are prejudiced against mothers during custody battles. By analyzing hundreds of legal documents and interviewing custody experts as well as mothers, fathers and children from diverse backgrounds, the author outlines the decline in legal justice many mothers have experienced since 1986. Breaking up the parade of bleak statistics, the Chesler weaves heart-rending (and enraging) stories of the "good enough" mother, a sole caregiver often slandered as morally questionable if she has a relationship during her divorce or as mentally unbalanced if she is emotional about the loss of her children. Yet the "good enough" father, Chesler writes, performs a few household chores and is applauded as an exceptional parent, regardless of his personal lifestyle. While other sources could likely produce as many horror stories about judicial bias against fathers, Chesler's facts cannot be denied: 37 percent of the men in her study kidnapped and brainwashed their children against the mother but were never punished; 70 percent of all the battles resulted in court-ordered paternalcustody; 90 percent of all the fathers paid no alimony. The author also includes straightforward advice for readers from mothers and a divorce lawyer, along with several resources for additional help.
Chesler sheds light in corners that must be explored.
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