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ONE WOMAN'S WORD

 

 

 

By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.

June 19, 2006
NewsWithViews.com

It once was taken for granted that a manís word was his bond and carried great weight. Today, however, a manís word carries but little weight and it is a womanís word that not only is beyond reproach but is also her meal-ticket. Even more critically, the bearing of false witness by a woman only rarely bears consequences for her (as it once did -- and continues to do -- for men) but can be of horrific consequence to those against whom false witness is borne. Two cases, one specific and one general, make the point.

The currently breaking Duke University case essentially boils down to One Womanís Word vs. the available scientific evidence (including DNA evidence) and the testimony obtained immediately surrounding the alleged rape. So far, One Womanís Word trumps all.

The consequences in this case include: Duke University has lost its pristine reputation; one Coach has lost his job; all members of the Lacrosse team live under a cloud of suspicion; and three members have lost their freedom and face criminal charges. All consequences flow directly from One Womanís Word flying incredibly in the face of the available scientific evidence and testimony. Can Americans continue to believe that the woman holding the scales of justice in every American courtroom truly is blindfolded?

The second case in point is the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As one nation under VAWA, One Womanís Word in an ex parte civil hearing (where one party is excluded from the hearing-- virtually always the father/husband) carries substantial criminal consequences which not only are the norm but are built into the law. One Womanís Word in such hearings violates the manís right to present his side of the case, violates his civil rights, and ensures injustice through the complete absence of due process protections. As enshrined in law, the consequences of One Womanís Word under VAWA are such that a Civil Court Judge can strip a man of his home, remove his children from him, require him to immediately support the woman and children who just have been stripped from him, or face debtors prison should he fail to comply with the Judgeís orders. Most critically, these consequences are criminal consequences in a Civil Court where One Womanís Word serves as judge, jury, and executioner.

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These two cases represent but the tip of the iceberg in a society governed by a simple mantra: woman good, man bad. As seen in the light of day, the inequality of this mantra must be replaced by a mantra of equality.

One Womanís Word must be made exactly equal to One Manís Word -- nothing more and nothing less. Equality in bond and sanction is the only inherently defensible position.

© 2006 - Gordon E. Finley - All Rights Reserved

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Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology at Florida International University and Harvard Graduate has been researching numerous aspects of families for over 3 decades.

Dr Finley feels strongly that the VAWA ( VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT) needs to be gender neutral

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The currently breaking Duke University case essentially boils down to One Womanís Word vs. the available scientific evidence (including DNA evidence) and the testimony obtained immediately surrounding the alleged rape. So far, One Womanís Word trumps all.