Sunday, August 7, 2011

Patriarchal Oppression in 1916 – The Dark Ages Before Gender Studies

FULL TEXT: The old “saw,” that “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” can take a back seat when a woman, after having taken on a few beers, undertakes to lambast her better half and finds that he has escaped.

Mrs. Parthenia Persons, of 106 Robbins street, was arraigned in the police court Saturday afternoon having gone through such an experience. Her case was called early in the session, because her baby was about to “bawl out” the court.

The arresting officer stated that Mrs. Persons had imbibed a few near beers and gone home to her husband, who was nursing the baby while she was getting “beery.” She proceeded to give him a beating. The old man made his escape, and this so enraged the wife that she started in to beat up a chair.

“When I got to the house, judge,” said the officer, “I found a woman giving a chair hail Columbia. I never saw a chair get such a licking in all my life.”

The woman pleaded guilty to everything – drinking beer, jumping on her husband and beating the chair. She was fined $5.75, and the husband paid the fine.

[“Woman Beats Chair After Her Husband Makes His Escape,” The Atlanta Constitution (Ga.), Jan. 9, 1916, p. 7-A]


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