Via Memeorandum, Shouting at your wife may get you a criminal record in France
Under a new law, France is to become the first country in the world to ban ‘ psychological violence’ within marriage.
The law would apply to cohabiting couples and to both men and women.
It would cover men who shout at their wives and women who hurl abuse at their husbands – although it was not clear last night if nagging would be viewed as breaking the law.
The law is expected to cover every kind of insult including repeated rude remarks about a partner’s appearance, false allegations of infidelity and threats of physical violence.
While it shouldn’t be the role of government to intervene in this, and the law looks unenforceable to my skeptical eyes (every kind of insult? Like, “your mother wears combat boots”?), let’s hope they enforce it against women. However, it’s unlikely it’ll be enforced against women perpetrators: The Express reports,
The law is aimed at protecting women who suffer the worst attacks of this kind, ranging from comments about their appearance to threats of violence.
While most reported domestic violence is inflicted by men against women, my educated guess going by experience is that the worst inflictors of psychological abuse are women – women who mock their men in public, and who cut them down at every opportunity they have, whether in the company of strangers or in private.
“women who mock their men in public, and who cut them down at every opportunity they have, whether in the company of strangers or in private.”
Ain’t that the truth Fausta. My dad was a gentle giant and suffered this until he died. For people out there whether male or female, your children will remember. If that makes a difference to you that is.
As far as the French law goes, this looks like a lawyers dream come true.
Sorry to hear about your dad.
To all my readers going through the same torture, I urge you to leave.
Thanks for that. I don’t think she realized what a good man he was until she saw the funeral home was standing room only.
Fausta, in the light of the following Talmudic injunction, would you care to reconsider your scoffing?
The rabbis asked: What is sufficient grounds for granting a man a divorce?
The answer came back: If he cites as the cause the fact that she puts too much salt into his food.
The students scoffed and said: Should an oath made before the Divinity be broken for such a puerile reason?
The answer came back: If a man is stupid, childish paranoid enough to wish to destroy that which G-d hath put together for such a shallow reason–IMAGINE WHAT HE WOULD DO TO HER WERE SHE TO DO SOMETNING MORE SERIOUS! Grant this ridiculous man his undeserved freedom from the oath of marriage before physical violence or even homicide take place.
BTW divorce was granted to a man ONLY upon the condition that he should not importune, beg, plead threaten or blackmail his ex-wife to sleep with him again for 7 years! Figure that one out!
Seven years! Like the Vulcans, you mean?
No dear; for mere mortals like the rabbis, the threat of losing free and easy sex was reason enough to make us stupid men think twice and bear three times as much salt in our food!