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"Women were property and a good woman was a woman who obeyed her husband and did not complain about her treatment or beatings. Husbands were encouraged to beat their wives and women who did not complain were viewed as good Christians." - This is unreferenced and a gross exaggeration. Though women had fewer legal rights, a marriage of like-minded individuals who had similar interests, skills and outlooks was the perceived ideal in C16th-17th England. To suggest that a woman was 'property' and would be punished with a scold's bridle for complaining of domestic abuse is so far from the norm as to be absurd. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 23:34, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
I find the caption under the first image on the left (New England, 1885) highly misleading. The image may have been DRAWN in the year 1885, but it clearly is meant as a depiction of "Pilgrim" life through the eyes of a Victorian-era artist, rather than the image of then-current life implied by the caption. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 06:57, 22 December 2008 (UTC)
a pubescent sm fantasy.
While I agree that the previous article was prurient nonsense ("scolding hot" was a funny bit of pseudo-etymology though), it is a real device; it was used, in one form or another, up until the Victorian era. --Mirv 14:45, 5 Dec 2003 (UTC)
Feminist take on scold's bridles
I remember reading that feminists in England or Scotland had worn scold's bridles, or something like them, as part of an event recounting the oppression of women through the ages. Would this be an appropriate addenda for this article? Pat Powers 15:30, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
Re reference #3:
Chambers, Robert (1685). Domestic Annals of Scotland. Eddinburgh : W & R Chambers. p. 37.
Lack of evidence
There is very little evidence here that the scold's bridle was actually used, certainly outside a few cases in Scotland, maybe because very little evidence exists. I may be wrong, but I suspect it falls into the same category as the iron maiden and the chastity belt, i.e. it is a neo-gothic fantasy. What do you think? --OhNoPeedyPeebles (talk) 20:29, 12 July 2012 (UTC)