In Reply to: Re: Spanking Kids Increases Risk Of Sexual Problems As Adults posted by James on March 09, 2008 at 20:39:44:
James, others have responded to your being "triggered" by my post and your apparent need to "shoot the messenger" better than I might have (see posts below).
I would just add the following. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you don't have an ax to grind with me personally, even though it appears from your post that you do. And I will also assume that you asked "where are you going with this one?" out of a sincere desire to understand, rather than just as a rhetorical device to attack me.
If you've visited my blog or website you'll know that I am a lawyer focused on human rights. I am approaching this subject of corporal punishment from a human rights and children's rights perspective. I have only just begun to investigate and read up on this issue, so studies like those I posted have particular interest to me. Since corporal punishment of children is so prevalent in certain societies, and such a huge issue in the closed society of TF cult, I assumed others here might also be interested in this new research.
My current position on the corporal punishment of children, reinforced the more I read, is that it is unnecessary and harmful. I'm certainly not alone in thinking that. Here's just one organization working to end the practice http://www.childrenareunbeatable.org.uk/
I think there are better ways than assaulting children of any age to achieve the desired end. So go ahead and think what you want about beating/slapping/spanking/hitting/swatting children. My own view is that I think it is morally wrong and ought to be illegal, just as assaulting an adult is illegal.