A history of violence
When beating your wife, live by the rule of thumb.
“As recently as the early 19th century, domestic violence was protected by law,” said Debra Faircloth, community advocate for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. “That’s where the phrase ‘rule of thumb’ comes from. In America and England, if you didn’t beat your wife with a stick or rod any bigger than your thumb, then that was acceptable. The idea is you were supposed to control your wife — keep her behavior in check.”