Thursday, September 15, 2011

Treatment of Domestic Violence in Virginia (John McMahon) - 1861

FULL TEXT: John McMahon tried the experiment of flagelating his better half once too often the other day. The irate lady tied to the Mayor for assistance on the happening of the event, and that functionary plastered up her “bruised arms” and broken pate with a  warrant, on which John was yesterday arraigned and, failing to give bail, was consigned to jail. We are told by the Good Book that the wife-beater or abuser will receive punishment “in another and a better world,” if he don’t in this. If people knew how hot the jail now is, they would not make haste to get within its walls.

[Untitled, Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), Jun 4, 1861, p. 2]


• 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 1960  -- this 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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