There comes a time in every fervent activist’s life when they are ordered to bow down before the beast.
To give up.
To shut up.
To go away. Just please, go away.
Those powers that be, larger (both figuratively and literally) and with more resources than the activist, flex their imaginary muscles through intimidation, fear, and good old-fashioned killing of the messenger.
There is something so captivating and naive about someone thinking they can squash the truth by silencing its delivery system. That’s like believing you can halt a tsunami at the shore with mere bags of sand.
As I sat first in anger and then wonder yesterday I was overcome with a pang of sadness for the Old Guard.
“My goodness,” I thought.
“So it has come to this: the desperate and anxious flailing of a Has-Been (but really Never Was, if you value what is truly valuable). A woman who made her fortune using words and threats to destroy people is so frightened of me that she seeks to silence my voice.”
What is the face of a coward? The back of his head as he runs from a battle.
How Did We Get Here?
I have worked on alimony and divorce reform for 7 years now. I have been unflinching in my criticism of the system and the key players within it:
- the bitter spouses who refuse to let go
- the “family laws” that are arbitrary and unfair
- the entitlement-minded people who refuse to support themselves, or even just try
- the judges who issue random and inconsistent opinions and seem not to care what is at stake
- the divorce lawyers who make everything worse.
Yes, I have been a critic of divorce lawyers. Perhaps you don’t know that about me. Ha ha.
I know many fine people who practice in this area but my experience has been overwhelmingly colored by the DICKS (Divorce Industrial Complex Kingpins): the majority who foster anger and litigation at the expense of their clients, their client’s children, and their client’s family financial health.
My observations on divorce lawyers in general and one in particular have been published both on this website and on my Facebook page, which up until yesterday afternoon you could find with a simple search.
Some people do not know the difference.
So Robin, What’s the Difference Between Satire, Opinion and Proclaimed Truth?
Satire could look like the following:
The most notorious divorce lawyer I know has a funny fetish: she is really into lesbian lactation porn. Why is that funny? Well I’m glad you asked!
Because she loves milking her clients for every penny, so it’s not surprising that passion extends to her sexual kinks!
Ha! Ha ha! Ha! Isn’t that satirical? Oh, I just slay myself sometimes.
Opinion could look like this:
It is my opinion that this lawyer enjoys milking her clients so much it wouldn’t surprise me if she was sexually aroused when seeing milk spout from a mother’s breast.
Demonstrably true, on the other hand, would be this (if it were indeed true, but is not):
I have seen lactation porn magazines in the shaking, liver-spotted hands of my favorite divorce lawyer and the lusty ooze of drool running down the side of her quivering, crusty lower lip.
She was so entranced and aroused by the Lezbyterian Milk Show that she did the unthinkable: she put down her greasy pork sandwich for a full 30 seconds as she sought the pleasure she had never known; that he could never give her.
Again, I would only write that if I had witnessed it AND I could prove it.
I did not.
Thank Goddess for small favors, or that image would be burned into my consciousness forever and render me sexually impotent for at least my next three lifetimes.
Let’s Turn This Thing Around, Shall We?
But enough of these fun games. Let’s get back to my disabled Facebook page.
As I noted in a post last night (The Streisand Effect is Coming Down Tomorrow,) attempts to censor often backfire, especially in this day of the Internet.
It’s called The Streisand Effect and I see it as perfect karma: the mouth you slap your hand over can come back to bite you. Hard.
If you believe in divorce reform, satire, freedom of speech (even though this isn’t a 1st Amendment case because there is no government action against me but let’s face it, 99.3% of Americans don’t understand the distinction), and just plain old ME, please share this page everywhere you can via the sharing buttons at the bottom of this blog.
Yesterday’s “Robinism” comes to mind again:
You cannot prevent the sun’s rising by killing the cock.
It’s also important to note that last night’s post about my Facebook situation brought people out of the woodwork to share all sorts of stories with me. Previously holding back and lurking, they suddenly felt compelled to tell me things certain folks would rather I not know.
So as you can see, the Streisand Effect is already well in action. Nice job, DICKs. My page views also took a huge leap last night and this morning. Let’s keep these unintended consequences going!
Share, Share, Share This Post.
Share it on the dreaded Facebook.
Share it on Linkedin.
Share it on GooglePlus.
Share it on Twitter.
Hell, you can even find yourself a discussion page on a lesbian lactation porn site and share it there.
You may even run into some people I know.*
Here’s the thing:
I know some people disagree with my perspective on divorce reform. I know many folks, especially the DICKs, would like to keep things just as they are.
After all, the current system is boundlessly lucrative for those who practice family law as if it were an extreme sport demanding a clear winner and a clear loser.
I don’t think that’s true. I believe in divorce there are no winners and no losers, but only survivors.
If you are lucky and you do it right, you can thrive and survive with your family, finances and mental health intact. In other words, if you buy my book How to Get Divorced Without Losing Your Kids, Your Money and Your Mind: a Holistic and Practical Guide to Marital Dissolution and Family Reorganization and follow it to the letter.
Regardless, I would never seek to silence the opinion of those who oppose mine. That’s cowardly and shows a lack of faith in one’s position.
You know what else it shows?
People are listening.
If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.
(Whitney v. California, 1927)
― Louis D. Brandeis
*This is satire. Probably. Who knows?
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