Spankings in public tend to loom large in fantasy but can be problematic in practice. They can cause outrage and embarrassment among witnesses and the police can often become involved. A few years back a couple were barred form a north London pub after a woman was spanked by her boyfriend. Apparently the landlord was fed up with sexual shenanigans in his pub as he had apparently caught another woman orally pleasuring her boyfriend under the table a few weeks earlier. So the idea of a young woman or a teenaged girl being punished in public seems unlikely in the 21 st century. In years gone by of course this was not necessarily true.
‘Spanking is humiliating’ - but not all parents agree
A good hiding is discouraged as it is thought to be scarring and damaging. Well-known educational psychologist, Lesley Rosenthal also believes there are better ways to discipline your child, other than spanking. It is preferable to teach children the consequences of their actions and to offer them rewards if they comply. For instance, they can watch TV if homework is completed, but not before.
The legality of corporal punishment of children varies by country. Corporal punishment of minor children by parents or adult guardians, which is any punishment intended to cause physical pain, has been traditionally legal in nearly all countries unless explicitly outlawed. This defence is ultimately derived from English law. Countries or territories that have completely prohibited corporal punishment of children are listed below in chronological order :. Banned in , school corporal punishment was re-legalised in and punishments by physical pain lasted until the s.