Spanking is Positive
Have you ever been spanked, when you were a child? Do you remember how it felt? Did it have an effect on your attitude as you grew older? Now, when you look back at it, do you think it was a good thing? I have interviewed three random college students that have been spanked when they were a child. Even though spanking may be an example of physical abuse, I believe it is positive and not as serious as hitting with a fist or object. The following gives examples of how students felt during the time being spanked, how their behavior was after being spanked, and how being spanked affected his/her life.
At the time of being spanked NAU student Lindsey Richardson said, “being spanked was an embarrassment for me at the time, mainly because my parents would spank me in public, so I could feel embarrassed to show how embarrassed they felt when I put on a tantrum.” For Lindsey, being spanked was to embarrass her, not to feel pain for what she has done, but to feel how her parents did when they would get embarrassed. As for Megan Marlatt, also a NAU student said, “at the time of being spanked it was pain, it was for punishment and feeling of regret for doing what I did”. When Megan was being spanked her parents had to show her how it would feel if she misbehaved the next time. While doing these interviews I have also done research to why parents would chose to spank their child. And according to Abraham Andero and Allen Stewart who conducted a survey in the fall and summer of 2001, of 500 parents on why they spank their child, 100% of the parents responded with, “for disobedience.” Therefore, Andero and Stewart said, “parents saw corporal punishment as a connective measure and have used it only when it is considered to be effective and a suitable means of discipline, when other measures were used to promote good conduct have been tried and failed to produce positive results.” This may have been the same reason why Lindsey and Megan’s parents chose to spank them. Then for ASU student Monty Little says, “it hurt when I got spanked and just made me dislike my parents even more, but couldn’t say anything because they were the one’s that could spank me.” For Monty, being spanked was to feel the pain as well just like Megan. For me personally, I can remember how it hurt and it reminded me not to misbehave again.
After being spanked, the students I interviewed pretty much had the same idea about how they felt after being spanked. Lindsey Richardson said, “after being spanked I felt so embarrassed and it made me angry at my parents, but at the same time I knew I couldn’t get my own way all the time and knew my parents were still in control.” So, for Lindsey after being spanked made her realize she has no control over her parents. As for Megan Marlatt she said, “after my parents would spank me, it made me angry, but made me think that I wouldn’t want to get spanked again...