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
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.
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