Wed., Feb. 12: Custody, Child Abuse and the trope of “A Woman Scorned”–an elaboration of issues raised by Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter

AS PART OF OUR FEBRUARY WINTER FUND DRIVE…:
Wednesday, February 12, 9-9:30 PM (EST), tune in to WBAI, 99.5 FM as Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio or stream live at wbai.org

Dylan Farrow‘s February 1st “Open Letter” in the New York Times, detailing her story of sexual abuse by her father Woody Allen, when she was seven, has become the center of enormous controversy over the last 10 days. Allen has responded to the letter by denying that any abuse took place and blaming the allegation on a “vengeful lover”–ex-partner Mia Farrow–whom, he says “implanted false memories” in the then-seven-year-old Dylan (who is now 28).

In this program we will will be looking at some common themes between this set of events and other custody cases where abuse is alleged. Fran Luck will be in discussion with our guest Attorney Lisa Wolovick, who has practiced family and matrimonial law for 25 years, specializing in representing battered women in custody cases. Wolovick is also a practicing Social Worker and teaches at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Work.

We’ll be looking at a number of questions raised by the Farrow/Allen controversy, including: traumatic memories and how they work; whether and when memories can be “implanted”; the history of the use of the stereotypic trope: “hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned” to explain female motivation; the pseudo science of “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (P.A.S.)–a theory which assumes allegations of abuse to be attempts at “alienating the child from the other parent” and often results in the awarding of custody to abusers–and much more…

If time allows, we will be taking phone calls.

The show can also be streamed live at wbai.org (where it will also be archived for 90 days). Joy of Resistance will be airing every Wednesday in February, 9-9:30 PM.

In our next show on February 19, we will examine the leadership of the Civil Rights Movement by Black women, with Professor Carol Giardina, author of “Freedom for Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1953-1970.”

WBAI is a 54 year old alternative, non-commercial radio station, part of the Pacifica Network. We are in the midst of a critical fund drive and need your support to continue to bring you programs that are not dependent on–and therefore limited by–the dictates of corporate funding. So please give generously by going to give2wbai.org or calling (212) 209-2950, Thank you!

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