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?
·Short term “gain” verses long term harm—which is the more important issue for education?
·Prostituting Our Children to Lower Our Taxes?
·Does paddling do anything good?
·National academic comparison of paddling states verses non-paddling states
·On to College Rates—High Paddling States tend to be Ignorant States
·Individual Schools Within the Same State— Again, Paddling Schools the Most Ignoran
·Does Paddling Reduce Smoking Rates (Or Increase them?)
·Does paddling help reduce divorce rates, have no effect, or does it increase divorce?
·Paddling, “zero tolerance” and school shootings
·FBI report on the real causes for school shootings
·Warnings preceded school killings, study shows
·Jonesboro shooter paddled the day before?
·Arkansas’ dark paddling secrets?
·Guns, Paddling, and Youth Violence
·The “death of the paddler” connection 2: Paddled Georgia Child Kills Principal
·SCLC plans to probe stabbing death of principal in Barrow
·Paddling and Killing
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
14. School Paddling as Sexual Harassment
As always we can’t prove paddling causes people not to go on to college. It probably doesn’t by itself, and there are many other factors. Paddling and harsh punishing schools likely do cause some number young people to avoid education than otherwise would. It is more likely to me, however, and is fairly well documented, that less educated people tend to support more paddling. The reason is simple: people support paddling partly based on ignorance of sexuality and science, as well as for sexual abuse and genuine discipline motivations that cut across educational lines. Ignorance is also a factor when a population lacks the logical understanding to consistently interpret the Bible, even though that seems at first glance to be merely a preference, or a “matter of faith.”
In order to allow adult men to spank your teen daughter’s buttocks and cause bruises, injuries, and hidden camera pornography, the sex abuse aspects of paddling must be doublethought away, as well as the medical and torture aspects. You would not stand for paddling if you were aware of the post traumatic stress disorder possibilities, as well as the induced fetishes that are likely to develop in all involved. The ignorance of paddle harms is much more prevalent when people are generally ignorant about human sexuality, the mounting instinct, psychology, etc. Ignorant regions also support paddling because more parents and voters harbor illogical biblical justifications for paddling that better educated people, even living in the same region and within the same denomination, can more readily see as false, although strong sex abuse drives and bias’ may cloud their judgements as well.
People actually have to be somewhat ignorant of the Bible itself, as well as ignorant of how to logically and consistently apply it, to swallow the “school paddling is biblical” lie, but many do. (More on that in chapter 10).
I’m not, by the way, name-calling. Ignorance is a correctable condition that we all possess in various subjects. If you harbor paddle ignorance and doublethink within yourself, and you are reading this book, you have already erased a great deal of it, even though it may take some real time and meditating to overcome a lifetime of propaganda and cultural immersion. You need to have some distance to allow your gut to acknowledge what your mind already knows is true. Paddle ignorance can easily spread to broad geographical areas when an entire population for hundreds of miles around knows no better, and are exploited by self-serving Pharisees who actually do know better. (Even well educated people like to sexually dominate and use kids and teens when a population is asleep enough to let them get completely away with it). We are all born into a complete state of ignorance, and we partially erase it every day that we live, aided or harmed in our quest by the knowledge our local society possesses.
I deeply understand paddle ignorance and doublethink—from an insider’s point of view! I’m not talking about “other people” being ignorant of these things, or facing daily dilemmas on whether to spank or paddle their kids and teens. I’ve lived it too—and I’ve gone through a discovery process just like many of you are going through. It may surprise some readers that I started life believing that “spanking” was “God’s will,” and that paddling was at least acceptable, if not a necessary thing. I was at least as ignorant as most paddle supporters are today. It seems funny to me now, but I remember being genuinely alarmed when I heard, in 1979, that Sweden “banned” parental spanking. I read a lot of fundamentalist Christian literature, like the Chick comics, and I feared that “the antichrist” was shaping in the “ten horned kingdom of Europe, the resurrected Roman Empire.” I did not question paddling or spanking as “God’s will” during much of my life, in fact, even though I had seen it abusively used many times, and had never actually seen it do any good for anyone. Like many others I thought, “there’s a right way to spank a child, and some abusive ways, and we just gotta make sure we spank the right way….” Of course I could not say what the right way was, and never did know where the “line” was.
Ignorance is not a “cut-down” of genetics or intellect. Ignorance of an abusive social custom is just a state of being where you have not been exposed to methods of logic, science, and critical thinking to the degree that you can cut through the “BS” and doublethink that a local abusive system imposes.
In this kind of world, especially where parental blindness and ignorance is high, our weak but sexually attractive children and adolescents are systematically preyed upon. We need to develop our minds, to “have eyes to see” as Jesus said to others who had trouble cutting through cultural blindness, and we need to understand when something is taken out of context to promote abuse that Jesus strongly condemned.
Chapter 7: Does Paddling Do Any Good?