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Burning question of the day: 1950s newspaper clipping shows how far women’s rights have come

By  Jessica Jerreat

PUBLISHED: 16:16 EST, 31  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:16 EST, 31 August 2013

Women’s lib has come a long way in a short  time, as this newspaper clipping about whether it is appropriate to discipline  your wife thankfully proves.

Written only six decades ago the article,  believed to be from the New York Daily Mirror, questions four men about the best  way to keep a wife in line.

The 1950s article was posted  on Twitter by History  In Pictures earlier this month. In it, the headline asks: ‘If a woman needs it, should she  be spanked?’

Shocking: A 1950s clipping shows how attitudes to domestic violence have thankfully changed

Shocking: A 1950s clipping shows how attitudes to  domestic violence have thankfully changed

The question, posed by New Yorker Herman  Martin who was paid $10 for asking about it, is answered the same way by four  men, who all agreed that a sound spanking was an appropriate form of  discipline.

Brooklyn barber Frank Desidero goes one step  further, saying he finds a hairbrush is a useful took to use against a wife who  has stepped out of line.

‘I’ve got a lot of faith in the hairbrush,’  he said. ‘In my business a man sets a lot of store by the results he can get by  a hairbrush properly applied.’

Parking lot attendant Teddy Gallei agreed,  saying: ‘It teaches them who’s boss. A lot of women seem to forget this is a  man’s world.’

Most worrying was the response from toy  factory owner William Davis, who said: ‘Most of them have it coming to them  anyway. If they don’t, it will remind them how well off they are.’

Fortunately, attitudes for the most part have  changed and partners who find themselves the victim of domestic violence can now  find help from agencies such as the National Domestic  Violence Hotline.

Stereotypes: The 1950s housewife was expected to serve her husbandStereotypes: The 1950s housewife was expected to serve  her husband

Gender roles: The 1950s was a man's world, according to one of the respondents in the newspaper clipping Gender roles: The 1950s was a man’s world, according to  one of the respondents in the newspaper clipping

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1 reply »

  1. I am not a women’s libber, never have been, never will be, but when I read this I just shook my head. what a bunch of wackos! I even read this to my husband he was like- are you serious? I think there’s a total difference from being old school and being Neanderthal.

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