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why is it called a wife beater?
asked Nov 26, 2010 by triuser (1,781 points)

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Because Marlon Brando wore them in A Street Car Named Desire. His character. Stanley Kowalski, was abusive to both his wife and sister-in-law. It's also a slang street term referring to Italian-Americans.
answered Nov 26, 2010 by trianswer (22,754 points)
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Because the character is violent to his wife, that's where wife beater comes from.
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