What! ? Is this guy completely Insane?
Or maybe he's just never tried to teach a two-year-old NOT to reach for an open flame. You can say, "No, No, Burn the Baby!" 'til you're blue in the face! And that critter will STILL reach for it. But you combine that phrase, with a spank on the hand and after a couple of times they WILL stop reaching for the fire, I guarandamtee you. And I've got two grown chirrens with NO burn scars on their perfect hands to prove it.
And yes, I've had Developmental Psychology, thank you very much. I made an "A". I also raised two children, have eleven neices and nephews and numerous friends in their age groups. Each and every one of them had plump little hineys [except for Diana]. You know why they had those plump buns? Because Mother Nature designed them that way. When a Mother or Daddy's hand connects with a child's rear-end, just enough to sting, there is enough padding there that the child is not going to be hurt.
I'm not crazy. I would NEVER advocate abusing your child. But spanking is NOT abuse. Spanking, by definition, is using your hand, to cause a mild stinging sensation on the bottom. And it has a place in the disciplinary continuum.
Besides, if spanking is outlawed, only outlaw couples will spank during foreplay. Then how long will it be before they come for our fur-lined handcuffs?