[Art by: Feiton]
As this blog title shows, I believe strongly that corporal punishment is torture. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child(2001) defines it as “any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort.” Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “the infliction of physical pain upon a person’s body as punishment for a crime or infraction.” No matter how one defines it, it all leads to one thing: PAIN! To intentionally inflict pain on a child to make them do or not do something OR say something or not say something is OR for whatever is, for all intents and purposes, torture.
Only the most uncivilized primitive of people would support corporal punishment of children. In many countries you will get away with hitting a child if you call it “punishment” but if you do the same to your wife or girlfriend, you are carried away for domestic abuse. Why is it ok to hit a child but not an adult? A child can’t defend themselves, an adult can. Is that what it is? If they can fight back, it is wrong but if they can’t it is ok? I’m not ok with either, by the way.
Point is, it is uncivilized. Only bad parents hit their children. You can make all the excuses you want and name all the celebrities you want that had bad parents but came out “ok but the will still statement stand. Did you know studies have shown corporal punishment can lead to later mental disorders? How about the fact it can have a long-term negative effect on a child’s intelligence? There are more studies and many experts that advice against the use of TORTURE against a child.
So, if you are still ok with torturing children, then you are beyond help. You are a primitive animal and I hope you lose your children or become physically unable to ever have children. If I see someone hitting a child, I’ll either hit them back or call the police. I care more about a child’s rights than a parents right.
The defenders of spanking children remind me of white slave owners. They think a human is their property that are free to treat said property any way they see fit to keep them under control even though the child/slave/property doesn’t like the way it’s treated. Yes, spanking is discipline in the same way that whipping black slaves was. Don’t spank your kids, it makes you a bad parent with outdated parenting skills.