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What do you think about corporal punishment?
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I got corporal punishment.
Now i watch anime every day and crossplay on anime conventions.
I think it gave me brain damage.
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It teaches children to be sneaky and cunning for the real world.
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Domestic corporal punishment works on some children but less favorably for others. It's all up to the individual in the end. Not to sound callous about that bit. I grew up on a mixed method, maintain good grades, do well with chores, etc. There'd be a reward of some sort, could be going out for some McDonald's on a weekend, seeing a movie, or getting a game. If something bad happened to another family, we'd (my brother and I), would donate whatever game system and games that we had. First time we did that, it was a NES with eight games without adults asking us to do so. Such acts rewarded us with us getting a SNES when it was released and a game. Good behavior and actions were rewarded justly.

Conversely, when we weren't behaving well, be it just acting out or something worse in public, a whack on the back of the head was the response. it was mostly smaller actions that were rectified with a slap on the back of the head in the same vein as a Gibbs-slap like on NCIS. I could remember there were a few times that what we did as kids were bad enough to warrant a spanking. Once with my dad at about 70% was enough for my brother and I.

I've seen kids these days throw temper tantrums in stores or fast food chains and the parent would warn of a timeout and at times would and wouldn't work. Same goes with a slap to the back of the head or butt. I can easily agree with domestic corporal punishment. I've heard of harsher punishments from others growing up that they dealt with. It's easy to say that one method would cause more problems than the other, but it boils down to the individual in the end. Sure, some people would say that some forms of domestic corporal punishment would create children to get an idea of what's right or wrong. Others would say it would teach the child that force can be used to subdue others. More lenient forms can just be criticized in a similar light just the same.
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Corporal punishment certainly isn't demonic if you think about it. Creating fear is a great way of getting points across when it comes down to it. It really depends on the individual being punished and the one giving out the disciplinary action. I certainly needed to experience it, because before then I never knew my actions towards other could cause consequences. If you never experience something, can you really know all about it? It all is just a factor really, sometimes it my be good for the one kid in the grocery aisle stirring up trouble or bad for the little girl who caused misdemeanor. I'm not for corporal punishment, or against it because I feel I can get past it.
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I honestly feel it depends on what the child in question is like. Physical discipline will work on some, others it won't. It's hard to get the balance right since I wouldn't imagine it's good to teach an already misbehaving kid 'Violence is okay to use if someone won't listen to you'. I know that my dad spanked me 5 times in a row as hard as he could once when I was younger; all that taught me was to fear him, a classic example of 'rule by fear not by example'. After that it took me years to feel remotely comfortable around him. I hope parents understand that when they resort to harming their child, that's exactly what they're doing. Personally I think it's cruel to hurt someone who can't fight back, but I've seen kids who won't listen no matter what's said to them too, so I can hardly say it's never okay to be violent. I just hope that parents who hit their kids to make them behave do realise that at the end of the day that's exactly what they've done, they've hit their kid, and they shouldn't try to justify it as being righteous.
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My Dad used to use a belt or a slipper, and the slipper was on your hand, so you can imagine how painful that was. My Granddad was the same, he used to believe in using his belt to exact punishment. Needless to say, but I am against corporal punishment. I'm just thankful I didn't have to worry about teachers getting the cane out as it was banned by the time I got round to going to school. I already got punished plenty because of other kids bullying me, so I'm sure I would have completely lost my shit if it was still allowed by then.
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I firmly believe in the use of corporal punishment, both upon children and within penal systems. As this thread is about its use upon children, I would note that I most commonly was whipped with either a belt or switch. In most instances, my offending behavior was not repeated--pain compliance works. In those few instances in which I repeated the offending behavior despite previous punishment, I did so with full cognizance of the possible repercussions--in other words, I didn't just do something, but did that something after making an informed and conscious decision about doing it. Corporal punishment didn't just hurt, it engaged the brain and made me think through my actions. Such is normally a good thing. When you hear people say that getting whipped "builds character," it is this aspect of teaching one to think through and then take responsibility for his/her actions to which they actually refer.

I was whipped. I whipped my own children. I occasionally whip my grandchildren. But whippings must be earned, and are not frequent in my family. Whippings are hateful to give or receive, but I believe that they foster more aware and responsible behavior in an individual.
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I'm not kidding. I don't care if it's a small tap, it's still painful and demonic abuse.
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My mom used to spank me as a child. I don't remember the sessions all that clearly, so obviously it hasn't had a great impact on me. And I'm not a violent beast, so I think it's clear that violence did not beget violence in my situation.

EDIT: Funny how everyone who has posted here stating that they're fine with corporal punishment is getting reported. Because, you know, having that opinion is a reportable offense, right? Also kind of funny to note that those who were punished physically as children more often don't care, whereas those who weren't more often do care. Not 100% on either side, but in majority.
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Posted 10/14/14 , edited 10/14/14

leolachante wrote:
EDIT: Funny how everyone who has posted here stating that they're fine with corporal punishment is getting reported. Because, you know, having that opinion is a reportable offense, right? Also kind of funny to note that those who were punished physically as children more often don't care, whereas those who weren't more often do care. Not 100% on either side, but in majority.


I have read every single reported post individually and I have indeed concluded that neither of them waranted moderation.
While we are aware that this may be a sensitive subject to debate I haven't found a reason to intervene, I hereby also kindly request not to report posts just because you don't agree with its contents.

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That said, as far my own personal opion regarding this matter;

An occasional slap on the wrist or back of the head should be ok depending on the situation as well as the child's behaviour.
I do however put a huge emphasis on both situation and behaviour, aside from that I do feel that such punishments should never leave any physical damage, neither temporary and especially not lasting.

I've had plenty of slaps from my parents when I was young, and thinking back to those times I can say that I deserved 99% of them.
I can't really say they left me any scars, only memories and valueable life lessons.
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leolachante wrote:

My mom used to spank me as a child. I don't remember the sessions all that clearly, so obviously it hasn't had a great impact on me. And I'm not a violent beast, so I think it's clear that violence did not beget violence in my situation.

EDIT: Funny how everyone who has posted here stating that they're fine with corporal punishment is getting reported. Because, you know, having that opinion is a reportable offense, right? Also kind of funny to note that those who were punished physically as children more often don't care, whereas those who weren't more often do care. Not 100% on either side, but in majority.


Yeah, about the only thing illegal anymore is having a personal opinion.
Posted 10/14/14

thestars201 wrote:

Whenever I "misbehaved", my parents used to hit me with whatever they can get their hands on when I was a kid.


Ha, the same thing happened with me. It was usually my mom that did that though. I would laugh sometimes and that would just make things worse.

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I get that all the time, back when I was about the age of 9. My parents would grab a stick and whip me on the butt.

Guess they couldn't stand my hilarious schemes.
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Magical-Soul wrote:

Most people who are hit as a child are black/African American or European/white.

Slavery, the switches, belts, whips, etc, were how slaves were trained and put into submission. When they mis behaved, they got beat, not spanked(unless the handler was into that kinda thing), but beat, that's why parents use belts, switches, and the like is because it was passed down through slavery.

Violence is popular among black populations, they are particularly comfortable inflicting harm on their young, they are the most violent population in the United States, whites being the 2nd most abusive. They go for the world as well.

Hispanics can be violent as well, but it's a lower chance than a black or a white.

I'm Korean and so is one of my younger sisters, other than our deranged, pedo-father, we haven't really been hurt by relatives. But the youngest is European/Black mix and she got beat up far more often.

Other animals don't a habit of beating up their own, but those that do, only do so because it was done to them = slavery.

Moral of the story? Well, it depends, if you're a handler or a parent.

I don't have any kids, but I don't attack anyone, ever.



Dude, what? Keep race out of this. Who the hell cares. If you beat your kid you beat your kid. Race doesn't matter in the slightest. Just the fact that you brought race into the conversation boggles my mind.

Did you want to get into that sort of conversation or something? The fact is, every race can, and has been equally as violent. lol you saying that "child beatings" got passed down through slavery.....what? Uhhhh, people were beating their children LONG before slavery. Every race. And then you go off and say some shit like "they are the most violent race in the united states".

Who fucking cares.

by the way, Even if you were right, you're making blacks seem like the bad guys when it was the whites who showed them that way of life in the first place.

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Since I was from an Asian country, it was common back in the day I was in elementary school. You can't imagine what the kids got for not doing homework or forgetting the multiplication table. But it's somewhat better now, the students still sometimes get hit in the hands, but they are not so serious, otherwise the teachers will appear in the news.
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