Quoting Philosoraptor.:" Time did an article on the negative consequences of spanking. But you know, since people turned out ... [snip!] ... or endorsed by the AAP, but what do they know? Not like they have degrees or have dedicated their lives to children. Oh wait."
I see what you mean. I mean, I myself don't agree with spanking (don't mean to constantly repeat myself lol). It isn't so much because of the negative effects it can leave on the child, though more often than not.
To me, when you spank a child or inflict momentary pain on the buttocks to show them that what they did is unacceptable or not right, you are thus teaching them to avoid the pain and the spanking by not repeating that action. And this is where I see spanking can become problematic. Now I will admit that I myself am not a parent right away, and will therefore try not to speak as if I have experienced the difficulties of parenting or how easy raising a child(ren) can be.
But from what I have always interpreted from those around me that are mothers and fathers, one of the essential tasks a parent must carry out is to not only teach their child right from wrong, but why a certain thing he/she has done is wrong, and must be changed or not repeated in order to make that something right. I believe a punishment or consequence must come with a clear idea as to why the child's action(s) is unacceptable and is thus being punished for it, and to me spanking doesn't do this. It teaches the child not what's morally right in society's and/or the parent's eyes and views, but to avoid being hit. Which, at the least, is something that won't always continue to be effective.
This is one of the main reasons as to why I hadn't always agreed with spanking as discipline. But again, to each his own.
I'm certainly not a mother, and will at least try to never judge a mother's or father's parenting styles and skills.
It's just my opinion.....