Sunday, September 4, 2011

"The Great Woman's Industry": Alimony - 1931

The censorship of historical knowledge of the huge and long-lived national scandal surrounding The Alimony Racket during the 1920s and 1930s in the United States is one of the most pernicious violations of historical truth  that has been perpetrated by the university-based “gender studies” industry. Women writers in great numbers were among the racket’s most vociferous critics. It is no wonder that students are not permitted to know about this history when such historical  voices of women as Ruth Brown Reed’s might, if allowed to be heard, undermine the false (and now orthodox) narrative that is “herstory.”

Following is the full text of a brief newspaper article from 1931 that quotes from a longer magazine article on alimony by Ruth Brown Reed.



Quoted from an article by Ruth Brown Reed in the Outlook:


“The alimony racket has become the great woman’s industry. A sobbing pretty woman before the court — and what chance has the husband? In many cases the amount of alimony is so large in proportion to the man’s earnings that it completely nullifies any chance of happiness or of another marriage. And why—one cannot help but ask—should a divorced man be denied the right to a normal family life?

“Under the present system the man must keep his nose the grindstone for the rest of his life, so that a woman who “no longer” contributes one iota to his comfort and well-being can lead a soft and unharassed life. Where there are children or where the woman is old or physically incapacitated for work, there is no question of the man’s ‘obligation.’”


So here is a new matrimonial problem, and a new, note in the gospel of feminism. If there is anything in the principle of  eternal rights between the sexes, seem patently violated m many cases. The best assurance of ultimate justice to men is that women themselves are beginning to plead for men’s rights, as men formerly did for women’s rights.

[“Men’s Rights.” The Titusville Herald (Pa.), Jun. 4, 1931, p. 4]


NOTE: The Outlook and The Independent were major New York weekly magazines founded in the 19th century which eventually consolidated.

Source of this Titusville Herald article: Ruth Brown Reed, “Alimony for Men!” The Outlook and The Independent, Vol. 158, No. 1, May 6, 1931, p. 14]


For more revelations of this suppressed history, see The Alimony Racket: Checklist of Posts


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