In Simon Lewsen’s profile of foreignaffairs minister Chrystia Freeland (“The Freeland World,” March), she discusses changing social norms, saying, “I’m a woman. I’m a wife. I’m a mother. One hundred years ago, I would’ve been beaten by my husband. That’s what happened to pretty much all women. Even when I was in school... teachers hit children with rulers.”
I find that a rather sweeping statement. I am sixty-two, which would mean that my grandfather, uncles, great-grandfather, and great-uncles would have probably beaten their wives. Where is the evidence? I see Freeland’s statement as just another baffling attack on men and history.