Over the next several days, we’re going to highlight a handful of the best discussion threads that were sparked or driven by your emails this year. Reader threads provide some of the most riveting and valuable content we post on the Dish, and they remind us every day how our readership is unmatched on the web for its wisdom, eloquence, … Continue reading The Best Threads Of 2014: “When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse?”
Oct 1, 2014 @ 3:58pm “Psychological Suspense That No Child Is Equipped To Manage” A reader shares a harrowing series of stories and insights on corporal punishment, which at times borders on torture: This email is too long, Andrew. But I don’t know another way to do it. Those last sentences in your post on “The Racial Divide … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse?
A reader is furious: Yesterday I read your readers’ tale of abuse and wept at my desk. I endured the same torture. I had the bruises and the welts to prove it. It has caused me great mental havoc over the years. And then to read the stories trying to justify the readers’ own abuse? I … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Abuse? Ctd
Two readers offer a startling contrast to this one’s story of trauma and terror: I’m not often in agreement with Sean Hannity, but I must agree that Adrian Peterson should not lose his career or go to jail over the abuse of his kid. I don’t see a whole lot of people asking us folks who were actually hit. The … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Abuse?
A reader lends his expertise to the Adrian Peterson case: I am a psychologist who works primarily with very young children and their families. It is disturbing to me, especially reading the comments sections of sites that are covering this story, to see how few people seem to have gotten the memo about the impact of … Continue reading The Other NFL Abuse Scandal, Ctd
In the wake of the Adrian Peterson case, various threads are emerging. Josh Voorhees investigates the race angle: The perception that black parents are more likely to employ corporal punishment than their nonblack counterparts is borne out by academic research. In one study that examined 20,000 kindergartners and their parents, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found … Continue reading The Racial Divide On Spanking Kids
Responding to the Adrian Peterson scandal, Harry Enten provides the above chart: There is a large gap when it comes to religion. The subsample on religion has been included in the GSS only occasionally, yet there is a clear divergence. Born-again Christians are, on average, 15 percentage points more likely than the rest of the population … Continue reading Spare The Rod.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been accused of beating his kid. Amy Davidson runs through what appears to have happened: This preschooler wasn’t paddled or, as Peterson put it to police, “swatted”; he was whipped with a stick and left with open wounds on his body. It’s also not obvious that Peterson has been at all … Continue reading The Other NFL Abuse Scandal
by Dish Staff He snagged a spot on the Cowboys’ practice squad. Sam Laird approves: Why the Cowboys are an ideal fit for Sam’s quest to build an NFL career is simple: They suck, especially on defense. If Sam is going to work his way from a practice squad to a regular 53-man roster, Dallas … Continue reading Michael Sam Joins America’s Team