1. “Culture War” Propaganda that Supports Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
2. School Beatings in the News “Parental “Support” (as long as they remain ignorant)
3. Paddling: “Out of Control” Pseudo Science
4. Paddling Brutality and Injuries
5. Reasons for Paddling
6. Can We Justify Child and Adolescent abuse?
7. Does Paddling Do Any Good?
8. The Phallic Paddle
9. Padding in the Digital Age: “Bringing Back the ‘Good Old Days?’”
10. “Did Jesus Teach "School Paddling?”
11. Other Religious Views
12. Lifetime Sexual and Psychological Damage for Victims and Witnesses
13. Sadism: a Job Hazard for Paddlers
·Sadism: a Job Hazard for Paddlers
·Sadism as a “Job Hazard” of Inquisitors
·Job-Induced Sadism Risks in for Paddlers
·The Principal’s Price of Perversity
·"Interview with a Paddler"
14. School Paddling as Sexual Harassment
This is the first interview that I've ever heard of where a male paddler admitted the obvious--that he did feel sexual stirrings and a different sort of satisfaction when paddling attractive teen girls than with boys. He was a young man at the time, so perhaps didn't realize, or in doublethink didn't want to admit, what us "geezers" of age 40 or more already know--pretty much ALL teen girls become very sexy the older you get. My son and I joke about this often. A teen boy will rate teen girls on a 1-10 scale, with very few tens, and as you get into your twenties the number of tens goes up, until by the time you are 35-40, the age of most paddlers, ALL teen girls are basically 5 at worst, with about 90% in in the 9-10 range, as well as many who are "off the chart."
All of the students he and his peers paddled were in grades 8-12, and would have been teens.
It is also interesting to get the historical perspective of the way "ISS coercion" was then fairly mild--one day of ISS could get out of 4 or 5 licks, whereas today it would be 4-5 days if ISS. I think just a few years before that "ISS" or detention hall did not even exist at all. This dovetails with the U.S. Senate testimony we’ll see in Chapter 14 on paddling as sexual harassment, as well as many anectdotal stories where one day of ISS "took care of" several "licks," whereas now it is nearly universal in paddling high schools to have one day of ISS take care of only one lick. Students now face vast suspensions or "choose the quick and easy paddling."
Similarly athletes and cheerleaders were then not given more "licks" than other students --yet they still felt compelled to "choose the paddle," as did most students. Today that too has been ratcheted up into a greater number of swats and a far, far longer ISS for cheerleaders and athletes that gives "extra coercion" to "choose the paddle" for the most trivial, routine violations and first time punishments.
He did not bring up any sexual issues until I pressed them. Although he obviously had some trouble describing them, he was as honest as I think he could be in responding. I think he would be a "principal kind" in our chapter eight categories, only he could not find work in the education field other than in a paddling school, and there he had no other real option than to act as a paddler. If he had the credentials to teach, he probably would have much preferred that, and his natural tendency would have been to find his way to a non-paddling school, although few existed in Texas at that time. (They are even hard to find now). As it was he spent his time paddling and administering, and he ended up quitting and changing careers completely after eight years, even though his first love would have been teaching, even then. The "Sades" and "Apes" have no such qualms.
I hope "Rick" can chuckle a bit at his leftover denial inherent in some of his language, even as he tries, decades later, to "come clean" as best he can, when I asked about sexual feelings in paddling. When describing the effect of focusing on an attractive teen girl's upturned buttocks for a paddling, he worded it: "when the intended target of the implement used is being concentrated upon...." Similar language was used in a recent news article in Texas about how eight teen girls were paddled by two men in high school, and it is rather comical at how "proper" we can be in avoiding mentioning words like "buttocks" that sound crude and sexual, but at the same time find it "ok" to make teen girls bend over and present that part of their anatomy to men for "paddling."
Thank you “Rick,” very, very much. You were a true principal Kind, who could not avoid paddling in the only job you could get in education at the time, and even you suffered negative effects on the job, for which you eventually escaped by quitting. I hope your honesty encourages others. In a real way I think "Rick" was a hidden victim of paddling, although he must have seemed "on top" by the students he had paddled at the time. (Note: the paddler's name, and the name of the schools he worked at, have been anonymized.)
Chapter 13: Sadism: a Job Hazard for Paddlers