For example, in 1824 the Supreme Court in Mississippi sought to restrict a husband’s use of force allowing only for “moderate chastisement in cases of emergency.” One wonders what events qualified as “emergencies” and how many slaps across the face were considered “moderate.” Today, all forms of force used to control or punish women are prohibited.According to the Global Initiative to End all Corporal Punishment of Children, “it is paradoxical and an affront to humanity that the smallest and most vulnerable of people should have less protection from assault than adults.” Furthermore, decades of peer-reviewed scientific research reveal the negative effects of corporal punishment are significant.Due to the dedicated efforts of activists working to improve the status of women, legal prohibitions forbidding any form of “chastisement” are now commonplace in most countries around the world. While men’s violence against women continues to be a serious public health concern, it is no longer justifiable in courts of law.It is time to extend this basic dignity to the world’s children. A significant shift in public opinion is necessary if America is to join the 31 countries that currently ban all forms of corporal punishment against their most vulnerable citizens.Another federal panel in Florida ruled that a single spank does not qualify as domestic violence. And the Minnesota Supreme Court cleared a father who hit his 12-year-old son 36 times on the upper thighs with a wooden paddle, ruling that spanking isn’t necessarily abuse. Whether or not we argue that the use of force in the name of discipline violates a child’s inherent right to physical integrity, the short and long-term effects of corporal punishment alone warrant its abolition. This means they can’t be taken away no matter how an individual behaves.The UN Declaration of Human Rights, composed following the horrors of World War Two, consists of thirty articles outlining rights that are to be regarded as universal.
In addition, we safeguard children from the seriously adverse effects of physical punishment and model to them the value of patience, kindness, and creative problem solving.
A parent’s “right to discipline,” specifically with the use of physical force, is a deeply held belief in our society.
According to an ABC News poll conducted last fall, 50 percent of American parents admit to using corporal punishment at some point.
For the sake of each child’s individual future and the well-being of our collective human family, let us not lose something precious.” Not long ago, laws protected the “rights of men” to use physical force to correct or punish their wives.
A husband’s ability to assert his authority through corporal punishment was accepted as a social norm.