Britney Deemed Lying AND Mentally Ill
Father Granted Control of Her AND Father of Her Kids Granted Custody
“I’m not here to be a slave.”
Britney has been struck on both ends by the patriarchal system: as a child and as a mother, using the age-old stereotypes of women being liars and mentally ill.
Britney had a minor meltdown due to stress 13 years ago, and the systems in place have enabled her father and her ex to control her and her children ever since by deeming her mentally ill and “not credible”.
Britney shocked the nation and world last week when she described at a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing horrible treatment by her abusive father, who has been granted complete control of her life through a conservatorship. She describes horrific Handmaids Tale type subjugation, including control over her reproduction and relationships. Brittany says she’s been forcibly medicated with lithium and made to work 7 days a week.
Visitation with her children has been used as leverage to get Britney to cooperate with the conservatorship. Britney was wrongly restricted to supervised visitation with her own children for many years. She was eventually allowed unsupervised visits, and recently allowed 30% parenting time. She is now fighting for 50/50.
The documentary “Framing Britney” tells her side of the story and has gained her millions of supporters. Despite the large protest outside the court, Judge Brenda Penny acted as if she did not have the power to release Britney from the conservatorship without more being done. But she does, and she is harming Britney greatly every day that she refuses her request. SHAME on Judge Penny.
Conservatorship is just one of the many tactics judges use to keep fathers empowered over their children, this one extending control after the child reaches adulthood. The Women’s Coalition has heard from a number of women who say the father filed for conservatorship as soon as their child turned 18, in an obvious effort to maintain control and silence them, most often used to enable a continuing cover up sexual abuse.
Similar tactics are used in conservatorship cases as contested custody cases. The judge appoints insider “experts” to steer the case to the father: evaluators, psychologists, attorneys, therapists, doctors, et. al. The judge then uses these biased, corrupt professionals to justify empowering the father.
Many of Britney’s fans seem to believe it is the money being made off of her that is causing the problem. But it is important to recognize the profiting off her is just fuel on a fire that is already there. The core cause of her subjugation to her father and her ex is systemic male entitlement.
Britney’s disempowerment on both ends using both tired accusations of liar and mentally ill is a great example of how judges entitle and empower fathers to the great detriment of both children and mothers. It exemplifies how men still effectively own their children, thanks to a system designed by them to continue their age-old power and control over “their” women and children.
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Britiney’s testimony at hearing last week:
MORE INFO on the crisis & the solution:
The Custody Crisis: Why It's Happening & How We Can End It
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Cindy Dumas, M.A. has been researching, writing, and raising awareness about the Custody Crisis since 2003, when she was unable to protect her children from their abusive father. She fled into hiding when Family Court failed her and was tricked into returning home, when her children were given to their abusive father.