Thursday, September 15, 2011

Typical Male Attitudes Towards Domestic Violence Against Women & the Law in 1906

FULL TEXT: Washington, D. C., Feb. 11. — The introduction of the whipping post for wife beaters in the District of Columbia has been put up to congress by Robert Adams, Jr., a representative from Philadelphia, who fathered a similar measure in the Pennsylvania legislature twenty-two years ago. He is encouraged to revive it for application in Washington by the recommendation for corporal punishment of wife heaters in the president's last message.

The bill provides that any male person who shall be convicted of beating, bruising or mutilating his wife shall be whipped upon the back, the lashes not to exceed thirty. The marshal of the District of Columbia shall wield the lash within the prison inclosure in the presence of a physician and the keeper of the prison.

Adams says the value of the bill is based upon the historical demonstration that the treatment of women by a nation is one of the best tests of its progress in civilization.

Whipping a brutal husband, he claims, does away with the objection to imprisonment – destitution of the wife and family without support.

He says that in Pennsylvania in 1904 there were 525 complaints of wife beating received by officials. Hundreds more are never reported. In nearly every case the man was under the influence of liquor.

Confinement in jail, authorities say, has no terror for brutal husbands. It has been urged that wives would not inform on their husbands and expose them to the disgrace of being whipped. They would at least have the chance, says Adams, while at present they dare not complain because the want of food stares them in the face while a man is behind the prison bars for a long term. Besides, it will be cheaper for society to punish a brute in this way.

It is denied that the English law recognized whipping as a legal form of punishment, and cites a statute passed by parliament in 1863 to add flogging to the punishment for garroting. This form of highway robbery that held London in terror for several years disappeared after one or two convictions.

In 1883 the legislature of Maryland passed a bill to punish wife beaters by whipping them, Adams says the district attorney at Baltimore informs him that after the first conviction the crime ceased as if by magic in the state. The wife beating statute in Delaware is reported as having a very salutary effect.

[“Whipping Post For The Wife Beater – Representative Adam Fathers a Measure With Such Provisions. – Only Way To Curb Brute,” Des Moines Daily News, Feb. 1, 1906, p. 3]


• 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).


“[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

This claim has been proven to be false.


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