Nos é dito nos dias de hoje, como a Violência Doméstica do marido praticada contra sua esposa é algo antigo e que fazia parte da cultura [machista] que permitia e tolerava esses casos em silêncio, achando que era algo correto e normal, uma cultura de aceitação da violência contra a mulher.
Este post contém recortes de jornais, cartazes e cartões-postais do ano de 1850 a 1950, uma época considerada “totalmente machista e patriarcal, onde as mulheres sofriam todos os tipos de opressão até a criação do feminismo” – que surgiu oficialmente na década de 60. As imagens respondem nossa pergunta:
A sociedade ocidental alguma vez considerou a violência doméstica contra a mulher algo aceitável?
Every day, we in the United States are told that before the rise of the domestic violence industry in the 1980s, domestic violence against women was largely ignored by police and the courts and was regarded as acceptable behavior by society.
Here are some clippings from newspapers which can assist us in verifying the truthfulness of such claims.” – Unknown Misandry
B. G. Jefferis, Light on Dark Corners: A Complete Sexual Science (Toronto: J. L. Nichols, 1895), p. 181
“Worthy Of The Post. – Brutes in Human Form Who Beat Their Better Halves in Pits of Anger. – Under the Mild Punishment Meted Out in Modern Times the Crime is Increasing. – Several of This Class That Have Figured In the St. Paul Courts. – Habitual Wife-Beaters – Drunkenness and Cruelty -The Wreckers of Homes.” Sunday Globe (St. Paul, Mn.), Aug. 30, 1885, p. 13
“Whipping Posts In The East – Commodore Gerry’s Society Is Advocating Them. – Views of Humanitarians. – Why They Think the Pillory and Stocks Are Destined to Become Familiar Objects Throughout the Republic – The Gerry Bill the Beginning of a National Crusade – Consign Punishment.” syndicated, The Daily Tribune (Salt Lake City (Ut.), Mar. 3, 1895, p. 14
Sarah Comstock, “Shall We Have a Whipping Post?” San Francisco Call (Ca.), Aug. 11, 1901, Magazine Section, p. 2
“An Almost Sure Cure For Wife Beaters Can Be Seen Daily Doing Its Good Work On Rikers Island – Learning to Be Gentle. – Men Who Abuse Their Wives Now Punished as They Deserve.” New York Tribune Illustrated Supplement (N.Y.), Apr. 12, 1903, p. 4
“Capital Needs Whipping Post – Ministers and Local Authorities Heartily Favor It – Penalty For Wife-Beaters – President Roosevelt’s Suggestion in Message Touching District Affairs – Meets with Warm Approval.” The Washington Post (D.C.), Dec. 25, 1904, p. 4
“Wants To Revive Whipping-Post – Southington, Conn., Selectman Wants New Law. – To Punish Wife-Beaters – He Says He Has Received Assurances of Support for Legislation – He Will Ask For from Next Legislature.” The Richmond Planet (Va.), Jan. 7, 1905, p. 2
The convention voted down by a large majority President Roosevelt’s recommendation of the whipping-post for wife-beaters.
Stevens Point Daily Journal (Wi.), Apr. 20, 1905, p. 3
“Chain Gang For Rich Wife Beater. – With Ankles Shackled andCarrying a Pick. – Prominent Decatur Business Man Forced to Work With Convictsfor Assaulting His Wife.” St. John Daily Sun (New Brunswick, Canada), Jan. 27,1906, p. 10
“Wife Beating Now Decreasing – In Oregon Because of the “Whipping Post” Law. – Since Establishment of Law Only Two Men Have Been Whipped – Ninety Per Cent Decrease. – Despite Good Law Has Done, Some in the State Want Law Repealed.” Logansport Daily Reporter (In.), Jan. 10, 1907, p. 5
Ethel Lloyd Patterson, “Magistrate Lazarus Believes In Whipping for Wife-Beaters – More Efficacious Than Imprisonment Where Brute Strength Is the Only Superior Force Recognized. – Spanking Is Good For Some Children. – Magistrate Doesn’t Paddle His Own, but His Wife Does It for Him When Necessary.” The Evening World (N.Y.), Oct. 7, 1908, p. 3
Selene Armstrong, “Women Oppose Return to the Whipping Post – Shocked at the Mode of Punishment for Wife-Beaters. – Says Cruelty Never Improved A Man – Well-Known Women of District Express Their Views on the Subject. – Wife of Victim Tells Lashing Given Her of Husband. – Declares Stain Is Everlasting – Her Children, She Says, “Will Be Pointed Out by Others.” The Washington Times (D.C.), Mar. 11, 1911, p. 6
“Faints Under Lash. – Wife Beater Whipped at Post in Portland, Ore. – With A Cat O’ Nine Tails. – Deputy Sheriff Wields Weapon Lustily in Brutal Husband’s Bared Back Until Victim’s Howls Are Heard Throughout the Jail.” Warren Mirror (Pa.), Sep. 6, 1911, p. 6
“Where A Man Turns Feminist; An Old Kentish Method Of Punishing A Wife-Beater, The Graphic (London, England), Aug. 9, 1913, p. 275
“A Public Square Pillory for Criminals in 1916 – How Kansas Has Revived This Ancient Punishment to Curb the Epidemic of Wife-Beating and How the Figure Shed a New Light on the Strange Psychology of Woman-Thrashing All Over the World,” The Salt Lake Tribune (Ut.), magazine section, Aug. 6, 1916, p. 2
“Family Rows – The Police Magistrates’ Greatest Problems.” The Burlington Hawk-Eye (Io.), Nov. 23, 1919, sec. 2, p. 1
“Whipping Post For Wife Beaters,” The Herald (Algiers, La.), Sep. 29, 1921, p. 1
“Husband Beater Gets No Mercy,” The Brainerd Daily Dispatch (Mn.), Jan. 18, 1940, p. 4
“Wife Beater Lashed by County Sheriff – 30 [sic] Strokes Administered to Nude Prisoner for Attacking Spouse,” The Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Md,), Oct. 20, 1945, p. 1; & “Gets 10 Lashes For Beating Wife,” Altoona Mirror (Oh.), Oct. 22, 1945, p. 13