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Alimony slaves can do it!

Robert St. Estephe–Gonzo Historian–is dedicated to uncovering the forgotten past of marginalizing men. “Gonzo journalism” is characterized as tending “to favor style over fact to achieve accuracy.” Yet history – especially “social history” – is written by ideologues who distort and bury facts in order to achieve an agenda. “Gonzo” writing is seen as unorthodox and surprising. Yet, in the 21st century subjectivity, distortion and outright lying in non-fiction writing is the norm. Fraud is the new orthodoxy. Consequently, integrity is the new “transgressive.”

Welcome to the disruptive world of facts, the world of Gonzo History.

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In the roaring 1920s, when men in the US began to create formal associations to combat the alimony racket, it was a universally accepted fact that women had the opportunity to support themselves outside marriage. The nation’s leading divorce judges spoke this truth openly and frequently in the 1920s.

The currently believed myth – of women’s economic oppression before Marxist-feminists arrived on the scene in the 1960s with the express aim to initiate a “gender” utopia – is merely a fictional 1980s concoction that has been deliberately spread by the education industry (in both K-12 and college) and is still widely assumed to be true. (see Newsweek, March 3, 1986)

Judge Joseph Sabath of Chicago, who by 1939 had heard more divorce cases than any other judge in the world, called alimony an “easy money racket” which makes men “slaves.” Yet the eminent judge was bound by standing law and he made his rulings in according with statue even though it was against his conscience.

It should be remembered however that the institution of debtor’s prison in the US has been used in most cases for alimony-owing ex-husbands. In other countries and in earlier times few women have ever been thrown in debtor’s prison but many men have been incarcerated for their wives’ debts.

Following is newspaper article describing a variation on the theme of alimony slavery in cases before Judge Sabath and other Chicago judges in late 1942 which, to the knowledge of the Gonzo Historian, has been completely forgotten.

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FULL TEXT: Chicago, Jul 3 – The fight for freedom today had six seasoned campaigners on its side, all having a definite appreciation of the word, liberty.

The sextet of warriors was released from alimony row in Cook County Jail by Superior Court Judge Joseph Sabath on their promises to enlist in the armed services.

Their wives agreed to suspend domestic warfare for the duration of the real thing.

One woman donated her former husband in lieu of war bonds.

The donation was Joseph Patrovsky, 32, a butcher, who was in jail since April trying to figure out a way of stopping the little woman’s spring offensive.

“My client,” said the attorney for Mrs. Anna Patrovsky, “feels that since she cannot afford to buy bonds, it is only patriotic to release her husband.”

Judge Thomas J. Lynch agreed, and so it went with other alimony grapples.

“My client wishes to have her husband, Joseph Michalezwsky, 28, released if he will join the service immediately propounded the attorney for Mrs. Anne Michalezwsky, “but we want to be sure he enlists.”

“As, I already enlisted in the Coast Guard several days before she had me thrown in the clink,” the prisoner interrupted.

Judge Lynch concluded: “We’ll release you. I’m beginning to feel like a recruiting officer.”

[“Alimony Jail Opens for Six As Wives Send Them To War – Chicago Judge Says He’s Beginning to Feel Like A Recruiting Officer as He Gets Promise Of Sextet to Serve Uncle Sam.” syndicated (INS), Toledo Blade (Oh.), Jul. 3, 1942, p. 1]

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A related topic, that of the marriage racket practiced by predatory women in order to exploit men preparing to go into military service, should be of interest. During World War II these wives were known as “Allotment Annies.” See: Marriage Scams Against Servicemen in WW II – 1944
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About Robert St. Estephe

Robert St. Estephe is a deeply repentant former male feminist who has devoted a bit of time to the study of the history of the relations between the sexes. He posts useful historical documents on The Unknown History of Misandry for all to see.

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  • Alex462

    So when feminists scream STOP OPPRESSING ME, they are referring to the exposure of womens’ thievey nature?

  • Rurik

    “My client wishes to have her husband, Joseph Michalezwsky, 28, released if he will join the service immediately propounded the attorney for Mrs. Anne Michalezwsky, “but we want to be sure he enlists.”

    So either serve the collective as a good little obedient slave or die for the collective as a good little obedient slave? What if you survive, are you still on the hook for that money plus more? What about your wages while you’re fighting and bleeding?

    Screw that.

    What’s the lesson here? Learn Spanish (or some other language) and get the hell out of the country?

  • Rurik

    Here is more contemporary example of what will happen to you with alimony involved:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Amendment#Controversy

    Yeah, even the worst parts of Mexico don’t start looking too bad right about now…

    Hong Kong is another option.

  • Rurik

    In addition to the Bradley Amendment:
    “§ 666(a)(9)(c)”

    They couldn’t pick a different number? I mean, why not just be more blunt in the naming of this bill?

    Also, it just occurred to me that alimony and child support are different things. But the connection between men serving in the military and the payments was something that made it impossible for me to not mention.

  • theoutside

    Astonishing material.

  • https://www.facebook.com/emilio.lizardo.56 Emelio Lizardo

    “… before Marxist-feminists arrived on the scene …”

    Properly, they are gender Marxists, Feminism is the brand name. Writing Marxist-Feminist implies that there is some other kind of feminism and there simply isn’t.

    • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

      An interesting assumption given how many run around calling themselves individualist feminists, libertarian feminists, and so on. That and all the specifically Marxist-Feminists who can’t stand non-Marxist feminists (in their eyes).

      The truth is that the word “feminist” means whatever the speaker wishes it to mean when he speaks it and simultaneously whatever the listener wants it to mean when they hear it. It is frequently an impediment to clear communication. We probably need to put our own definition up on this site to explain what we mean by it. The dictionary is useless at this point.

  • OneHundredPercentCotton

    The currently believed myth – of women’s economic oppression before Marxist-feminists arrived on the scene in the 1960s with the express aim to initiate a “gender” utopia – is merely a fictional 1980s concoction that has been deliberately spread by the education industry (in both K-12 and college) and is still widely assumed to be true.

    I didn’t know ANY kid whose mother worked when I was growing up in the ’50’s. My mother had a college degree to “keep up” with her husband.

    I wasn’t allowed to associate with kids whose mothers worked – it indicated something was…wrong. Divorce or something unsavory.

    Actually I believe that it’s a post WWII by-product that women were pedestal-ized and revered as pink pampered poodles. Fighting, dying and laboring were men’s roles, keeping the home and children were women’s.

    I don’t know what jobs or means of support were available to women outside the Big City before then unless it was being supported by her father in her parent’s home. The vast majority of Americans were farming, I believe.

  • donzaloog

    This was chilling.

  • Zyavol

    Good God! These “wives” slavers sold their husbands out to Uncle Sam, with the high possibility of these poor men dying in the war. (Shudders) I can’t believe it….I mean, that’s just ice cold… (Shudders).

  • Klar

    Robert, your articles are spot on – reminders of the real history that no amount of erasing or obfuscation can circumvent – it’s there for all time, just gets trickier finding it but you’re showing us how the ‘unchanged’ stuff is in front of our eyes

    Thanks Robert and thanks AvFM for giving a damn about real history – as rare as a woma.. – never mind, your perspective is sorely needed.

    :)

  • xvart

    Sad to say but these men made themselves slaves if they didn’t jump ship in south east asia or north africa, 1945 was nothing like today in these area’s. North africa was the best though, my fathser served there after ww2 with the british and the stories were amazing. War sucks can’t wait till the women get to fight in them, I’ll love the tears.

  • Datte Hakamura

    That picture of Rosie needs a goatee. I’ll put up a fixed version on the forum.