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November 28th, 2007
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Massachusetts House Bill No. 3922
Today was apparently when they had the public hearing for this bill. Regardless of whether you think spanking kids is a good idea or a bad idea (or whether it should be the government's business), this bill as written apparently outlaws "humiliating treatment." Bwuh? I understand that there can be extremes, but surely you can't outlaw all "humiliating treatment" (just as the bill doesn't outlaw all physical punishment, as it explicitly allows for little swats to the butt).
(a) For the purposes of this section, the following words shall, unless the context indicates otherwise, have the following meanings:

"Child", any person under eighteen years of age.

"Corporal punishment", the willful infliction of physical pain or injurious or humiliating treatment.

(b) It shall be unlawful in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for any adult to inflict corporal punishment upon a child.

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From:bitty
Date:November 28th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, but I needed anti-humiliation laws 25 years ago.
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From:treacle_well
Date:November 28th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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That is just stupid. It's not what "corporal" means in the English language. Corporal is having to do with the body, with the physical.

So by "humiliating treatment" as part of the "corporal punishment" definition do they just mean physical, bodily acts that are humiliating, as opposed to, say, verbal humiliating treatment? If this is a legal definition they should be more specific.

And even if they added some other clause that specifically includes non-physical "humilating treatment" as part of what is being outlawed, "humiliating" does seem to cover a rather broad range of possibilities, not all of which seem deserving of being outlawed.

Besides, humiliation is awfully subjective. I see this being really problematic.


Edited at 2007-11-28 09:54 pm (UTC)
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From:hauntmeister
Date:November 28th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's absurd. "Humiliating Treatment", for a child, could be if you don't buy him the exact same $200 sneakers that his friends are wearing.
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From:hrafn
Date:November 28th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Only if you do it as punishment, though!
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