Terry Dresbach

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Reply To: OK, let's do this: The Beating and Issues of Consent

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Just read again what I wrote about legal status of beating your wife in 18th century Scotland. Should have added that it was legally ok as long as it didn’t result in permanent damage and was particularly seen as an appropriate response if the wife was defying the husband’s authority. He was legally responsible for her conduct and its consequences. Also should have said that it’s English Common Law I was refering to when I mentionned rule of thumb, a law of precedent/custom, and while some say this particular one is mythical there are references to variations of it through the centuries.