I asked her about this because for a few years in her early 20s her dad had passed away and she wasn’t married yet. She told me she had to bring her uncle to the appointment or they wouldn’t even see her. Isn’t that crazy? She has a bunch of stories about living and working as a woman in the 60s. Now as an older woman she has to know everything that a doctor wants to do and why. I can tell that some doctors find her annoying but she’s had medical stuff done to her without being told why or what’s going to happen. I would be damned for life in that hospital…..I will never marry in my lifetime, and no man would pick me up.
If you were single you had full protection under the law. If you were legally separated. Or lived separately from your spouse you had greater protection. However, if you lived with your spouse the rape had to be violent. Or excessive to be prosecuted properly. Married persons cohabiting (spouses living together under ordinary circumstances), many state laws were initially very restrictive, criminalizing. Only the “worst” forms of domestic sexual violence (e.g. requiring violence, a higher level of threat, injury, etc.. And often punishing the crimeless severely).