What's a Gal to Do?
Another violent woman is behind bars. Shannon Elizabeth Hollister of Bellingham attempted to have not just her ex-husband, Nicholas Martin, but her former father-in-law as well, knocked off by a hit man. Gene Johnson, of the Associated Press, who wrote up today’s PI story, apparently felt empathy for Ms. Hollister, describing her as “pale and frightened” as she made her court appearance.
This case is particularly apropos for highlighting all that is wrong with the manufactured domestic violence hysteria that is ruining the lives of so many men, fathers, and children. Ms. Hollister attempted to use the women’s excuse for all evil conduct – victimhood. Her attorney said that after a three year marriage, Ms. Hollister entered a program for victims of domestic violence in order to “escape” her husband. In reality, Ms. Hollister made unfounded charges of domestic violence against her ex-husband, then kidnapped their daughter, violated family court orders and started an odyssey of flight across country under false pretenses. The law eventually caught up with her, which it rarely does in cases of fly-away-Moms, and returned the daughter to a loving father.
Well, excuse me if Ms. Hollister's false accusations of abuse and Gene Johnson’s obvious bias (talking about blaming the victim) do not tug on my heart strings. The abuse excuse has become so wide-spread, that women use it at the drop of a hat to shield themselves against culpability for the most evil of deeds. This most recent is one of those rare cases in which the man involved was not completely destroyed (he has custody of their daughter), at least not yet. It is even rarer still that the woman was caught cold handed using the universal weapon of choice of woman abusers to get their man – other men.
What was once a well-meaning effort to help the small number of people suffering in abusive circumstances, has now become a tool used by vindictive women, who are by now well informed as to the best way to game an appalling system. If a woman wants to maximize her award in a divorce, be excused for not wanting to work, simply wants to break the heart of her former husband by removing his children from his life, or wants to get away with murder, what’s she gonna do? Call the domestic violence “emergency” line, go to a “battered women’s shelter,” learn the language of victimhood, get free legal council, and blame it on the patriarchy as manifested in her man.
In the face of all of this undeniable evidence that domestic violence is a greatly exaggerated problem and is perpetrated in equal proportions by men and women, one would think that from out of this mess would arise some common sense. But, I’ve come to realize that the Violence Against Women Act is not and never was about helping women suffering from violence.
It is about the hate. Radical feminists who just could not seem to convince all of their sisters that make-up and families are as natural as “a fish riding a bicycle” decided that the only thing left to do was to declare all out war on all things masculine. Hillary Clinton provided access to presidential fiat, and the rest is as much history as the desire of men to marry.
David Brame, stuck in hell made by his maiden, knew what he was up against.
If you would like to learn more about men's and father's issues, please check out Glenn Sacks or Michael Capanzzi's excellent blog, Masculiste. If you would like to get involved locally in fighting bias against men and fathers in government, please check out TABS.
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