Essays on corporal punishment

  • Corporal punishment in general:
    Corporal Punishment by David Benatar, Philosophy Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa
    Dr Benatar considers the CP of youngsters from a moral and ethical point of view. He makes several excellent points, tackling in turn each of several common anti-CP assertions -- that it leads to abuse, that it is degrading, that it either stems from and/or causes sexual deviance, that it "teaches the wrong lesson" (this bit is particularly good) -- and finds none of them especially persuasive. And how refreshing to have a distinguished academic point out that the debate is too polarised, with advocates and opponents alike typically adopting absolute black-and-white positions when common sense would suggest that the reality is a series of shades of grey. Well worth reading.

    Hate Mail!
    C. Farrell has an exchange of views with a hostile correspondent.

    Note: It is important to realize that although the following studies appear to demonstrate a strong correlation between spanking in childhood and problems in adulthood, no cause-and-effect relationship has been conclusively proven.   Summaries
      Results of studies reported upon during: 1985 & 1986

    1987 to 1995 , including one remarkable comparison and a longitudinal study of major importance

    1996 & 1997 , including another study of major importance

    Correlations between childhood spanking & adult sexual behavior

      Print a form to ask that your child be exempted from corporal punishment at school
      Spanking /child abuse in Canada: Background

    Events: 1980 to 1999

    Events: 2000 to 2006

    Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, 2004
      Events: 2007 to 2012
      Events: 2013 to now

    If surpluses are used in charity, or in cooperatives for human purposes such as home-building for the less affluent, life necessarily becomes simpler and the ideal of voluntary poverty cannot be far behind. The Christian doctrine of property becomes a reality, namely the retaining of a sufficiency of goods for an adequate life and the sharing of the remainder with the needy. In point of fact, millions of Christians, working for wages, actually live out this teaching on property. How else do we explain the world-wide network of the works of mercy supported by the small gifts of the many, Though there are Catholic millionaires, the masses of Catholics are rather the victims than the beneficiaries of corporations as they roam about the world seeking profits.

    Essays on corporal punishment

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