Theory of Legislation

Theory of Legislation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... to the will of the husband, reserving an appeal to the courts of justice. There may at any moment arise a contradiction between the wills of two persons who pass their lives together. The good of peace requires that a pre-eminence should be established which may prevent or end these contests. Bnt why should the man govern? Because he is the stronger. In his hands the power maintains itself. Give the authority to the woman, and every moment a revolt would break out on the part of her husband. This reason is not the only one. It is probable that the man, by his kind of life, has acquired more experience, more aptitude for affairs, more steadiness of mind. In these respects there are exceptions; but there are exceptions to every general rule. I have said, reserving an appeal to the courts of justice. For it is not our object to make the man a tyrant, and to reduce to a passive state of slavery the sex, which by its feebleness and its tenderness, most needs the protection of the laws. The interests of women have been too often sacrificed. By the Roman law the rules of marriage are a code of violence; the man receives the lion's share. But those, on the other hand, who out of some vague notion of justice and generosity wish to give to the woman an absolute equality, only spread for her a dangerous snare. To absolve her by law, as far as possible, from the necessity of pleasing her husband, would operate to weaken her empire instead of strengthening it. Man, assured of his prerogative, is not disturbed by the inquietudes of j ealousy, and enj oys it while he yields it. Substitute for this arrangement, a rivalry of powers; the pride of the stronger would be continually wounded, it would convert him into a dangerous antagonist; and looking more at what...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236645448
  • 9781236645449