On “Well I Was Spanked…”

The oft heard “rebuttal” to the anti-spanking position is something like, “Well I was spanked, and I turned out okay.” While research shows that this is likely not the case, one big clue that things are not okay is that the one offering this rebuttal believes it’s okay to assault children. Spanking is hitting and hitting is assault. You hit an adult, you get charged with a felony. You hit a child, you get a “job well done,” apparently. So long as you don’t own other human beings, and you don’t, nobody does, legitimately, you can’t hit them because they displease or annoy you. That’s assault, and just plain wrong. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.