Early American Rules for Beating Your Wife

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DruMAX
04-16-2004, 05:01 PM
Throughout most of Western history, husbands have had the legal and moral right to beat their wives to provide "moderate correction". The Catholic Church accepted this right of this husband as did most of the court in Europe and for a time in Colonial America. The key question is: What was considered "Moderate Correction"?


"The Violence should not draw blood." stated many law codes. "and if a stick were used, it should be no thicker than a thumb." hence the phrase "Rule of Thumb". Many everyday expressions from the Renaissance contain advice such as, "Don't expect anything good from an ass, a nut or a wife, unless you have a stick in your hand." or "Good or bad, the horse gets the spur; good or bad, the wife gets the stick."

The basic legal principle--expressed in canon and civil law--was that since a husband was responsible for his wife's actions, he also had the right to punish her to teach her. The broad acceptance of wife beating started to change with Protestant Reformation, which frowned on the practice and made it
a crime. In America, the Puritan colonies in New England outlawed wife beating as early as 1645, but in England it wasn't until 1891 that a husband's right to beat his wife was officially abolished. Although against the law in America, it was tolerated until this century.

While wife beating has grown in the last century to be regarded as one the uglier and more cowardly acts in our society, it was tolerated and even endorsed for a majority of human history.

LipStick
04-16-2004, 05:04 PM
can we change it to early EUROPEAN laws for beating your wife, thanks.

DruMAX
04-16-2004, 05:06 PM
the first few laws I mentioned were american laws...I just looked into it further and added more info :)

izod
04-16-2004, 05:07 PM
ok?

Skeletor666
04-16-2004, 05:07 PM
I think wife beating is making a come back!

Reno
04-16-2004, 05:17 PM
Let me guess - you got this in a chain email.

SegaRob
04-16-2004, 05:23 PM
can i beat your wife?

Biggies69
04-16-2004, 05:28 PM
:rolleyes:

Bodom
04-16-2004, 05:37 PM
this was a european rule brought to america by the colonists...who were europeans

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and you are a retard

Hindsight
04-16-2004, 05:38 PM
Kind of reminds me of the beggining of boondock saints. :shrug:

Bodom
04-16-2004, 05:39 PM
thats b/c they mention it in the beginning of the movie...

PoorDoggy
04-16-2004, 05:40 PM
"Rule of thumb? Do you know where that phrase comes from? In the early 1900s, it was considered acceptable for a man to beat his wife, so long as he used a stick no wider than his thumb."

*Looking at thumb* "Well...ya can't do much damage with that now can ya? Shoulda been 'is wrist."

Lukeris
04-16-2004, 05:42 PM
^

I was going to post that.

Well done.


edit: except, you know, the correct movie quote.

SuperTrap
04-16-2004, 05:47 PM
"Rule of thumb? Do you know where that phrase comes from? In the early 1900s, it was considered acceptable for a man to beat his wife, so long as he used a stick no wider than his thumb."

*Looking at thumb* "Well...ya can't do much damage with that now can ya? Shoulda been 'is wrist."


isn't that what the first post says?

NoGodForMe
04-16-2004, 05:48 PM
And the problem is, most hos instigate the fighting by getting in the guys face and hitting them. The rage sets in, and then it gets bad.
The trick is, don't punch where it will leave marks. Just wrestle them to the ground and say go away. That way, if the cops come, there is no evidence you hit the ho.

Philipsz
04-16-2004, 05:52 PM
And the problem is, most hos instigate the fighting by getting in the guys face and hitting them. The rage sets in, and then it gets bad.
The trick is, don't punch where it will leave marks. Just wrestle them to the ground and say go away. That way, if the cops come, there is no evidence you hit the ho.
I am trying this as we speak!

PoorDoggy
04-16-2004, 05:59 PM
isn't that what the first post says?

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Aestis
04-16-2004, 06:10 PM
The rule of thumb thing is true. I dunno about the rest

Krytoss
04-16-2004, 06:14 PM
ofn by a few hundred years

nSpectre
04-16-2004, 06:15 PM
can i beat your wife?

No, but you can beat my meat. :browsmile