Did anyone see the documentary last night on C4 - hopefully highlighting the plight of many fathers over here in the UK!!
I watched it in tatters.... it brought back some very painful memories, and reminded me of the precariousness of my own 'contact' with my little girl. It also reminded me of the unnacceptable prejudism towards men in the so called "Family Law".
In a society that demands equal rights for women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals, lesbians, disabled... people seem to have forgotten about 'ordinary' men. Fathers!. Hell, even criminals have more rights than fathers seperated from their children.
One sentence in the whole program summed up the tightlipped 'british' attitude towards men in this country. During his own courtroom dramas, Bob was given the following 'advice' by a wellwisher from the courts: -
"Don't tell the Judge that you LOVE your children. They feel it's too 'Extreme' for a man to express his feelings towards children"
Are we all hairy brutes with a monster in our trousers ???
My thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to Corvin right now - I couldn't help thinking about his situation whilst watching other men breaking down infront of the cameras, baring their souls and making gut wrenching revelations about their own personal tragedies.
Hoping things change....