We Haven’t Had a “What Century is it Again?” for a While….

Guess the century that this misogynistic horror took place in:

A woman gets married.  Her husband, for whatever reason (maybe she dared to make eye contact with him?) begins to suspect that his uppity wife may not have been as pure as freshly fallen snow.  Of course, if his slave-girl hookermaid fleshlight-with-lungs new wife isn’t a virgin it’s like he bought a new car that already had 10,000 miles on it, amirite?  He’d take her back to the wife shop and get a refund if he could, but the wife shop has a strict no-refund policy, so instead he takes her to court.  And the judge, for some reason, instead of laughing his ass off and throwing the man in jail for wasting the courts time, orders the woman to go to the doctor’s and take a virginity test.  If she passes, I assume that she goes home with her husband and he tries to figure out another way to get rid of her.  But if she fails, the marriage is void, the husband is free and everyone lives happily ever after.

Except of course for the woman, who is put to death by her father and brothers.  (I picture either a stake burning, or a good old fashioned stoning.)

Guesses, anyone?

How about modern day Iraq?  Here’s the article: Iraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests .  Here’s the hat tip to Dispatches from the Culture Wars.  And here’s the quote.  Although seriously, go read the whole article and completely ruin your day.

Remaining a virgin until marriage can be an issue of life or death for women in the Middle East, where those who are seen as having dishonoured the family by having premarital sex are sometimes killed by male relatives.

An average of several virginity tests are performed per day at the Medical Legal Institute (MLI) in Baghdad, in a small windowless room with blue-tiled walls and a black table with leg stirrups at one end.

Other equipment includes a white scope on a wheeled stand and a bright white light, also on wheels, near the end of the table.

“Most of the cases we received after the first day of marriage,” said Dr Munjid al-Rezali, the director of the MLI.
“The husband claim that she is not a virgin, and then the family bring her here, through the courts, this all come through the courts, and we examine her,” Rezali said, speaking in English.

“It’s not uncommon, we are seeing a lot,” he added.

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