disciplinary methods

Wood? thought Harry, bewildered; was wood a cane she was going to use on him?
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J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The first time I read this part of the book, I thought it was hilarious. But then I re-read it and re-read it and each time I went over this line it became sadder and sadder, especially as I grew older. Probably because I was more mature than the 8 year old I had been when I first picked up the Philosopher’s Stone. But now as my world view changes and I am exposed to more of the horrors of every day life, I would like to bring to light the relevance of how corporal punishment  was the disciplinary method at the forefront of Harry’s 11 year old mind. And it is for this reason that I think the Dursley’s have a hell of a lot to answer for.

The only person you can legally hit in the United States is a child.
Hit your partner, and you’ll be arrested for domestic violence. Hit another adult, and you’ll be arrested for assault. But hit a 4-year-old, and you can call yourself a “loving father”. That’s completely screwed up. It should be against the law for a fully grown adult to slap, hit, spank, punch, switch, whoop, whip, paddle, kick or belt a defenceless child in the name of discipline. But it is legal, and new research in the Journal of Family Psychology suggests that the average 4-year-old is hit 936 times a year. If study after study conclusively proves that hitting your kids doesn’t work as a disciplinary method, and worse, it has long-term damaging impact to their psychology and makes your kids more aggressive, why do we as a society allow it?
—  Mel Robbins

swxxtnsourvampirx  asked:

"Please, I won’t tell anyone, please…"

Young blonde boy- Oh, we know you wouldn’t, but you do still need to be punished. Maybe if you survive our disciplinary methods then we’ll let you go.

*He said with an innocent looking smile.*