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Domestic Violence

Our conclusion is that family government is recognized by law as being as complete in itself... and that we will not interfere with or attempt to control it, in favor of either husband or wife, unless in cases where permanent or malicious injury is inflicted or threatened, or the condition of the party is intolerable. For, however great are the evils of ill temper, quarrels, and even personal conflicts inflicting only temporary pain, they are not comparable with the evils which would result from raising the curtain, and exposing to public curiosity and criticism, the nursery and the bed chamber. -- State v. Rhodes (1868)


The Sphere of Women

 "The constitution of the family organization, which is founded in the divine ordinance, as well as in the nature of things, indicates the domestic sphere as that which properly belongs to the domain and functions of womanhood," --Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Bradley, Bradwell v. Illinois (1873)

Myra Bradwell


Domestic Privacy

"The intensity and complexity of life...have rendered necessary some retreat from the that solitude and privacy have become more essential to the individual; but modern enterprise and invention have, through invasions upon his privacy, subjected him to mental pain and distress, far greater than could be inflicted by mere bodily injury," -- Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren, "The Right to Privacy" (1890)

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