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  •  It is a fact that many in our culture (0+ / 0-)

    Believe that rule of thumb meant exactly what I posted.  That speaks to attitudes and socially held accepted beliefs.   I spoke of laws pertaining to how it is supposedly illegal to beat me now, but that is still a little iffy out there in different areas of the country.  The Republicans thought it made perfect sense to not renew the Violence Against Women Act.  I understand that you fail to see how any of this would affect the plight of women in our nation and our culture.  I have understood that very well from an early age.

    •  I appreciate your response... (0+ / 0-)

      ...But I am afraid to say that I still fail to see how it relates to my point that no "Rule of Thumb" exists in English or American law. Do you contest this? If not, are we not in agreement on the matter?

      Putting this aside; I'm not sure if I would consider the prevalence of belief in the existence of a "Rule of Thumb" to be indicative of greater social belief in the appropriateness of spousal abuse.

      (Please bear in mind that I say this not because I disagree that certain beliefs can mirror larger social trends, or because I mean to minimize spousal abuse. Rather, I think this particular example may not qualify given that the misconception appears to have originated with a prominent Feminist and in turn, was promoted by a government report on spousal abuse.)

      I may be mistaken, but I am also of the understanding that it has never been legal, under British or American law, to inflict violence upon one's spouse. Prior to the seventeen century, I believe there were allowances for a husband to punish his wife; but these specifically excluded physical violence.

      I will end by stressing that my prior noted lack of understanding was in regard to the relation between my prior point and your response; and not the greater subject of gender inequality and its many related matters.

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