Sunday, June 19, 2011

Domestic Violence & Historical Amnesia: The Whipping Post in 1931


FULL TEXT: Baltimore - For the third time in a year Maryland’s whipping post was used today for a wife beater. Charles Lemley was given five lashes on his have back the yard of the Baltimore City Hall.

Lemley was sentenced earlier in the day by Judge Eugene O’Dunne, who has passed two of the last three whipping post sentences. He was convicted in criminal court on testimony of his wife, who declared that he had beaten her for the last 15 years. She pleaded that the lashes not be administered.

The lashes were given by Sheriff Joseph C. Deegan with a cat-o-nine-tails, with only deputies and newspaper men as witnesses. After the lashing was administered, Lemley was released and was taken away by friends.

Two of Baltimore’s evening papers, after the sentence was pronounced today, printed editorials on Page One, decrying the practice. One printed an interview with Mrs. Clara Waters, superintendent of The Oklahoma State Reformatory, the only woman warden in the nation, in which she condemned the whipping post as “barbaric.”

She was attending the American Prison Association Convention here.

[“Wife Beater Is Given 5 Lashes - Whipping Post Used for Third Time in Year in the State,” syndicated (AP), Oct. 22, 1931, p. 1]

[Photo from New York Daily News, Joseph Costa]

NOTE: The photo does not belong to this case. It is from an earlier Maryland flogging of a wife beater. The image will be changed once new domestic violence have been readied for posing on UHoM.

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• You have been told that before the rise of feminism in the 1960s that domestic violence against women was tolerated by society as acceptable behavior and was not taken seriously by police and the courts.

You have been lied to. The people who told you these lies were paid to tell them you. In most cases you paid your own money (taxes and tuition fees) to be lied to.

Here is one of countless pieces of evidence that demonstrate the truth.

• To see more eloquent, vivid evidence proving the lie and giving you the truth, see:


19th Century Intolerance Towards Domestic Violence

Treatment of Domestic Violence Against Women Before 1960this post collects cases classified by the form of punishment or sentencing (whether judicial or through community action)

No, the claim that laws created by males were for the benefit of males is false. Yes, the "Rule of Thumb" myth has been proven to be a marxist-feminist hoax, taking an ancient English common historical notation published in the 18th century and extrapolating it into unsupported claims that 18th and 20th century United States communities, courts and legislatures (laws on the books) were in agreement with the18th century historical notation (Blackstone).

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“[O]nly since the 1970s has the criminal justice system begun to treat domestic violence as a serious crime, not as a private family matter.”

From the entry: “Domestic Violence” on encyclopedia.com

This claim has been proven to be false.

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