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Spanking: The Readers Respond

I wrote a post about spanking last week and when it was posted on Babble’s Facebook page, it got quite a response.

To put it mildly, people were not happy with me. They were upset that I was being judgmental (absolutely) and that I was encouraging something that would, possibly, contribute to America’s downfall (doubtful).

Bottom (no pun intended) line: I’m still against spanking.

But I thought some of the arguments people put forth for spanking were worth looking into.


  • Get Their Tails Whooped! 1 of 14
    Get Their Tails Whooped!
    Great news! Getting your tail whooped means that you grow up to be respectful and less self-absorbed. Sign me up!
  • It Says so in the Bible! 2 of 14
    It Says so in the Bible!
    Oh, pastor, you joker, you!
  • America’s Children are Rotten! All Because Parents Refuse to Spank Them! 3 of 14
    America's Children are Rotten! All Because Parents Refuse to Spank Them!
    I think once we get this spanking education underway, a lot of problems will be remedied.
  • Violence is the Answer! 4 of 14
    Violence is the Answer!
    Hey, she misspelled "hug".
  • So Says the Pastor 5 of 14
    So Says the Pastor
    Oh, pastor, you joker, you!
  • Spank Your Children So They’ll Stay Off Drugs and Won’t Become Teenage Parents 6 of 14
    Spank Your Children So They'll Stay Off Drugs and Won't Become Teenage Parents
    This spanking business really is a lot easier than sex education!
  • More Kids, More Spanking 7 of 14
    More Kids, More Spanking
    Gosh, if I'm too lazy to spank the two kids I have, how would I ever get the energy to spank more?
  • Childhood Beatings 8 of 14
    Childhood Beatings
    If only someone would invent time travel and get me spanked in the past! Let's get science to work for us, people!
  • More Whippings, Please! 9 of 14
    More Whippings, Please!
    To be clear: I oppose spanking. I'm all for whipping! More whippings for everyone!
  • Spank Your Kids Now to Avoid a Prison Term Later 10 of 14
    Spank Your Kids Now to Avoid a Prison Term Later
    Or, you know, discipline them in other ways.
  • In Africa We Call It Love 11 of 14
    In Africa We Call It Love
    I sure hope that something is lost in translation.
  • Some Kids Just Need a Good Spanking 12 of 14
    Some Kids Just Need a Good Spanking
    The worst butt spanking of his life vs. the best butt spanking of his life.
  • Tip: Do Not Throw Your Kid Against the Wall 13 of 14
    Tip: Do Not Throw Your Kid Against the Wall
    I wish there was a mnemonic to help me remember that.
  • Spanking: It Doesn’t End When Your Kids Grow Up 14 of 14
    Spanking: It Doesn't End When Your Kids Grow Up
    I like it that people aren't ageist about spanking.

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