Riding the Donkey Backwards: Men as the Unacceptable Victims of Marital Violence

  title={Riding the Donkey Backwards: Men as the Unacceptable Victims of Marital Violence},
  author={Malcolm J. George},
  journal={The Journal of Men's Studies},
  pages={137 - 159}
  • M. J. George
  • Published 1 November 1994
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Men's Studies
I n post-Renaissance France and England, society ridiculed and humiliated husbands thought to be battered andor dominated by their wives (Steinmetz, 1977-78). In France, for instance, a “battered” husband was trotted around town riding a donkey backwards while holding its tail. In England, “ahuscd” husbands were strapped to a cart and paraded around town, all the while subjected to the people’s derision and contempt. Such “treatments” for lhese husbands arose out of the patriarchal ethos where… Expand
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