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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Women as Property...with a wall?


Interesting article related to the hierarchies that prison reproduces (based on class discussion today), which mirror the systems of dominance and subordination in non-incarcerated society "at large." The class generally saw the "woman as property" issue relegated to history, but that the gender norms in prision were not so historically's divorce court's take on modern gender hierarchies.

N.Y. pair who divided home with a wall denied divorce

NEW YORK — Feuding spouses who built a wall through their three-story row house because neither would give it up cannot divorce, a jury ruled.

Jurors on Wednesday shot down the "cruel and inhuman treatment" Chana Taub cites as grounds for divorcing Simon Taub after more than 20 years of marriage and four children.

"I'm dismissing the whole case. That's it," Justice Carolyn Demarest said.

To revive the case, Chana Taub would have to file it again, on new grounds.

"I was in total shock," Chana Taub told the Daily News. "It's unbelievable."

The husband's lawyer, Abe Konstam, called the case an extraordinary waste and said the trial wouldn't have been necessary if New York changed its divorce laws. The state doesn't allow the speedy dissolution of a marriage without proof that one spouse is somehow at fault.

The case is one of the strangest divorces New York has seen, mainly because of the wall.

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