History might flow backwards …



8 responses to this post.

  1. Whether male or female, I tend to think more people need to curb their tongues. I came across a woman today on whom I’d happily use that device – verbal diarrhoea of the worst kind: holier-than-thou, defamatory, and wholly irrational. I’d also note that the scold’s bridle wasn’t used lightly or on women who were merely talkative – it was a punishment for gossip (i.e. detraction or calumny) or troublemaking (e.g. sedition). These were and still should be considered grave offences with potentially disastrous consequences.


  2. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on February 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    What a contrast between the two marches. One thing for certain, the pro life women were a lot more certain of their facts.
    As for the bridle, it does not address the issue directly. What needs to be altered is the underlying attitude. For men, it is bad enough to live in a gynocentric society. What makes it beyond tolerance is that women hold men in contempt for it.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 5, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Yes. I like to think things are not so bad among Australian women but some of our feminists are rabid.

      My point, though partly jocular, is that laws and mores can change and move in both directions. There are reports that domestic violence laws in Russia have been eased.

      There must come some point where men have had enough.


  3. Posted by Maryse Usher on February 5, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    The affliction of loquacity is hell for others’ ears.


  4. Posted by Jim on February 9, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Effective tool. This needs to be brought back.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 9, 2017 at 5:05 am

      It was used for scolds as I understand it. (Punishments for men were, as always, more severe. Wives have traditionally been given lighter punishments like a spanking.)

      The point is that women have free speech only because men permit it. If they are going to use it simply to throw disgusting tantrums, it could always be taken away.

      Trump’s victory and the inevitable loss of funding for feminist causes will tend to have a silencing effect anyway. Many of the women on that women’s march were probably being funded by indulgent men through direct support or taxation.

      The influence of supportive male feminists may also be in decline.


      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 9, 2017 at 5:11 am

        Femen got very short shrift in Russia. The Cossack police literally beat some of them. And of course Putin put Pussy Riot in jail.

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