United States of America
The United States of America (also known as the United States, the U.S., or the U.S.A.), is a country in North America with about 299 Million inhabitants. It doesn't have an official language, but the de facto national language is (American) English.
The adjective American has two meanings:
- referring to the two continents North America and South America, known together as The Americas
- referring to the United States of America
Spanking in the U.S.
The history of the U.S. as a nation dates back only a few hundred years; the U.S. culture was mainly formed by immigrants from Europe. Therefore, U.S. traditions are largely based on a mixture of European traditions, including the use of corporal punishment in parenting, education, and judicial punishment.
In addition to these European roots, and similar to European colonies in the rest of America, Africa, and Asia, U.S. culture included the concept of slavery until the late 19th century, and slaves of both sexes and all ages were subject to whippings and other severe punishments in the U.S., particularly in the South. While not alone in its history of slavery, the U.S. version though was noted for being particularly brutal.
The stereotypical U.S. spanking implement is the wooden paddle. It was, and still is, in use in domestic spanking, school spanking, and in fraternity and sorority spanking, as well as in domestic discipline and BDSM/erotic spanking.
Also, the hairbrush is quite popular in the U.S. spanking culture, as well as straps, belts, switches, and other implements. Implements that have little or no tradition in the U.S. are the (mainly Eurasian) birch and cane, the U.K. tawse or the French martinet.
Nonabusive spanking of children is still allowed by U.S. law, and school paddling is permitted in 21 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming (source: Corpun.com).
U.S. spanking art
U.S. spanking authors include John Benson, Bookbabe, Mary Catherine, Daria Little, Carolyn Faulkner, Flogmaster, Hal, Adrian Hammersmith, Eve Howard, Kelley, Don A. Landhill, Mija, SamPast, and Laura Werner.
- More information on this topic is available at [ Wikipedia:United States ]
- Minorities, Kids With Disabilities More Likely to Be Paddled (article on Foxnews)