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Since by law, a husband is held liable for crimes committed by his wife, this law was designed to protect the husband from harm caused by the wife’s actions.These laws permit the husband to beat his wife with a rod or switch as long as its circumference is no greater than the girth of the base of the man’s right thumb, hence “The Rule of Thumb.” The tradition of these laws is perpetuated in English Common Law and throughout most of Europe.
4A German trial transcript documents lesbian violence.The alien law destroys traditional relationships and concentrates power in the hands of male leaders.“Anglo” paternalism and patriarchy are introduced to Navajo men who learn several “traditions” including robbing women of economic and political power, and wife-beating.A medieval Christian scholar, Friar Cherbubino of Siena, writes Rules of Marriage, in support of wife beating.3Lord Hale, an English Jurist, sets the tradition of non-recognition of marital rape.The reviewing appellate court later upheld the acquittal on the grounds that the court should “not interfere with family government in trifling cases.” 4The Treaty of 1868 is negotiated between General Sherman and the Navajos.
General Sherman insists that the Navajos select male leaders, thereby stripping women of their ability to participate in decision making.
5During the reign of Ivan the Terrible in Russia, the State Church sanctions the oppression of women by issuing a Household Ordinance that describes when and how a man might most effectively beat his wife.
He is allowed to kill a wife or serf for disciplinary purposes.
A half a century later, many Russian women fight back.
When they kill their husbands for all the injustices they have been forced to endure, their punishment is to be buried alive with only their heads above the ground, and left to die.
During the reign of Romulus in Rome, wife beating is accepted and condoned under The Laws of Chastisement.