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It is not against the law for a husband to kill his wife.
4In England, “the Golden Age of the Rod” is used against women and children who are taught that it is their sacred duty to obey the man of the house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He states that when women married, they “gave themselves to their husbands” in contract, and could not withdraw that consent until they divorced.
“The husband cannot be guilty of a rape committed by himself upon his lawful wife, for by their mutual matrimonial consent a [sic] contract with wife hath given herself in this kind unto her husband, which she cannot retract.” This is the basis of the “contractual consent” theory.The alien law destroys traditional relationships and concentrates power in the hands of male leaders.