Mothers on Trial by Phyllis Chesler
The Battle for Children and Custody

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Updated and revised with seven new chapters, a new introduction, and a new resources section, this landmark book is invaluable for women facing a custody battle. It was the first to break the myth that mothers receive preferential treatment over fathers in custody disputes. Although mothers generally retain custody when fathers choose not to fight for it, fathers who seek custody often win—not because the mother is unfit or the father has been the primary caregiver but because, as Phyllis Chesler argues, women are held to a much higher standard of parenting. Incorporating findings from years of research, hundreds of interviews, and international surveys about child-custody arrangements, Chesler argues for new guidelines to resolve custody disputes and to prevent the continued oppression of mothers in custody situations. This book provides a philosophical and psychological perspective as well as practical advice from one of the country’s leading matrimonial lawyers. Both an indictment of a discriminatory system and a call to action over motherhood under siege, Mothers on Trial is essential reading for anyone concerned either personally or professionally with custody rights and the well-being of the children involved.

About Phyllis Chesler

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Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York, best-selling author, legendary feminist leader, and psychotherapist. She is co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology, the National Women’s Health Network, and the International Committee for Women of the Wall. Dr. Chesler has lectured and organized women’s rights and human rights campaigns all over the world and has also appeared on outlets such as CNN, Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, The Today Show, Oprah, and multiple NPR programs, including a three year tenure as a regular contributor to NPR’s At the Opera. Her writings have been featured in The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Times of London, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Israel National News, The New York Times, Salon, The Globe and Mail, The London Guardian, and the Jewish and Israeli media. Her archives are at Duke University. She lives in New York City.
Published July 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 513 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy, Crime, Children's Books, Professional & Technical, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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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.

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Red Room

Yet, in family courts all across America, judges and quasi-judicial officers of the court do just that: children who are abused or molested by their fathers are removed from their primary-care good mothers and are placed in the hands of their molesting fathers.

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The Jawa Report

Lorie Byrd has an interesting post about a British Leftist whose view of the Iraq war changed when he read the new book Le Livre Noir de Saddam Hussein (The Black Book of Saddam Hussein).

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The Jawa Report

- - - Update Vee by Vinnie: Exclusive archival footage of Kathleen Carroll's first big break, an interview with Sen. Robert Byrd.- - - Update IV: (Good Lt): If its a fight you want, AP, you got it.We're not alone in this, Miss Carroll.

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