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Brilliant Tweet Thread Emphasizes Alito’s Craven Opinion: Invokes 17th-Century Jurist Who Supported Marital Rape and Had Women Executed

One of the most startling aspects of Alito’s opinion is that he cited tradition back to Sr. Mathew Hale as the original intent of the Constitution. Mathew Hale was a monster, but his work reflected public opinion at the time. Women were not independent human beings. A girl’s body belonged to her father. A marriage passed the girl-woman (often girl) from the father to the husband, quite literally passing her body as property. The woman had been groomed from the beginning to obey her husband (And that has biblical roots, right beside “Husbands love your wives.” Sweet but imbalanced, to say the least.)

A woman on Twitter, who states that she’s a historian who has studied Mathew Hale’s legal beliefs uses a long tweet thread to describe Alito’s views of the world if he had the desire to cite Hale’s teachings-law. This was a period when a man couldn’t rape his wife, no matter how awful the man had to force sex upon his wife, beating her near death, was legal, because the man owned her body and a man couldn’t rape himself. This was honestly the belief at the time. And Alito cited Hale.

Portrait of Sir Matthew Hale, Lord Chief Justice of England 1609 – 1676, and someone whose opinion will define a woman’s right to choose in the 21st century in the United States of America.

More, from the expert:

It is a long tradition, and women have every single right to dream of being walked down the aisle by their fathers. That is absolutely her choice and her right and it can be lovely if it is what she wants. But the custom is rooted in the transfer of ownership.

It gets worse:

Men were encouraged in law manuals, however, to beat their wives in a reflective manner, understanding that it was necessary for the salvation of their wife’s soul and done out of love rather than anger. It was advised to never beat a woman in rage.

And Alito wants to at least take a few steps back in that direction. Men have a say in women’s autonomy over their bodies. Four men are taking away this particular woman’s right. One woman who is a religious zealot agreed.

So when [Alito] talks about going back to what the founding fathers meant, he is talking about all of this shit. Women’s bodies being legally owned and controlled by men. He knows many Christian white women are groomed theologically to agree and will vote for this patriarchal control.

And Alito is just loving this. He doesn’t have a uterus, but he loves policing the reproductive tracts of American women!

Exactly. We encourage everyone to click on any of the tweets and read through the entire long thread. But rather than get wholly and fully depressed, just know, there are men out there, many of us, that see our partner as just that. Our significant author is every bit as much a part of us as we of them. Mutual, equal respect and teamwork, based on commitment and love, is what many (most?) of us want.


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Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys life as a single dad raising a ridiculously-loved young girl on the beaches of the Gulf Coast. He is very much the dreamy mystic, a day without learning is a day not lived. He is passionate about his flower pots and studies philosophical science, religion, and non-mathematical principles of theoretical physics. Dogs, pizza, and love are proof that God exists. "Above all else, love one another."


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