1733, Japan: Seven Reasons for Divorce
Uh oh. Guess we’ll be seeing you in divorce court.
(1) A woman shall be divorced for disobedience to her father-in-law or mother-in-law
(2) A woman shall be divorced if she fails to bear children, the reason for this rule being that women are sought in marriage for the purpose of giving men posterity. A barren woman should, however, be retained if her heart is virtuous and her conduct correct and free from jealousy, in which case a child of the same blood must be adopted; neither is there any just cause for a man to divorce a barren wife if he has children by a concubine
(3) Lewdness is a reason for divorce
(4) Jealousy is a reason for divorce
(5) Leprosy, or any like foul disease, is a reason for divorce
(6) A woman shall be divorced who, by talking overmuch and prattling disrespectfully, disturbs the harmony of kinsmen and brings trouble on her household
(7) A woman shall be divorced who is addicted to stealing.
From “The Greater Learning for Women.” Naming obedience, chastity, and mercy as among the primary qualities a wife should embody, the treatise set the tone for women’s etiquette during the middle of the Edo period.