October 21st, 2005


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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 21st, 2005 - 06:54 pm (Link)
I don't see how that follows. If she feels that authority figures always have the right to hit her, then she'd also feel that the authority figures always have the right to ground her. If she sees grounding as only a punishment for misbehavior, then she should see spanking the same way. The actual punishment is therefore arbitrary. I'm not saying that this justifies spanking. It just doesn't prove its wrong either. Form of the punishment is agnostic to your argument.

Now arguments about how physical punishment might affect the psyche of the child in an abusive/damaging manner, I would consider. But that's totally different.

Or is there more you're saying that I am missing?
[User Picture]From: marsinthestars Date: October 21st, 2005 - 07:03 pm (Link)
Sorry, maybe I'm not being clear.

I think it's easier to teach a child "I can ground you as punishment because parents are allowed to do that. You can't ground me because you are not an authority figure, you can't enforce this, and you're not allowed to" than to teach them "I can hit you as punishment" for all the same reasons. On a basic level, simply because a child can hit back, and can learn the power of violence- because, yeah, it does hurt mommy or daddy just as much as it hurts little jimmy. Also, I think if it's hitting instead of grounding, the focus of the child turns away from "I did something I'm not allowed to do" into "that hurt, and now I'm angry."

So yeah, I guess I'm saying that I do think the actual punishment matters. But I do agree with you on the authority/child distinction.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 21st, 2005 - 07:23 pm (Link)
ok, that's a viable argument. I don't know that I agree or not. But I do understand what you're saying now.

Thanx for the clarification.
 

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