In the recent past power was more distributed, and as such men and women have multiple avenues for redress if they had been wronged. These paths often did not involve the law directly, and mostly depended on “community standards” of fairness.
For example, if a man was beating his wife, she could enlist the community bring force to bear in terms of peer pressure. If that was not effective, then the wife’s father and brothers could beat up the husband while the law looked the other way. And as a last resort, the law could be involved.
This was a distributed system with multiple levels of pressure. This allowed “warning shots across the bow” and the like. Furthermore there was not too much power concentrated in one spot. This system is mostly gone, with all of the power placed in the law. Perhaps one might think that with this being the case, that it would be extra careful to to to its task correctly (justice served, and all). However, this would be a mistaken assumption. All of that concentrated power has proven to be too tempting not to manipulate. It has been manipulated such that men who have been wronged (either by the law or otherwise) have little recourse. I will stop here for now. Your assignment is to consider the places where this has occurred.