Are you sexually deviant? If you're reading this blog, the answer is probably yes. Well it's possible us freaks have an excuse for it. A new study shows that people who were spanked as children are more likely to engage in "risky sexual behavior...[and] masochistic sex, including sexual arousal by spanking," according to USA Today. The study seems vaguely worded and within the USA Today article there are numerous disclaimers from experts. Even the leader of the study, Murray Straus, co-director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire-Durham says "[Spanking] increases the chances of sexual problems, [though] it's not a one-to-one causation." Another expert, Robert Larzelere of Oklahoma State University, says of spanking, "Like any discipline tactic, it depends on how it's used."
The biggest problem with this study is that it doesn't differentiate between three light spanks in a lifetime and actual physical and mental abuse. A more in depth U.S. News & World Report article about the spank study notes that "There is a 'dose response' at work here. 'The more parents spank, the higher the probability of harmful side effects.'"
Study: Spanking May Lead To Sexual Problems Later [USA Today]
Spanking Raises Chances Of Risky, Deviant Sexual Behavior [U.S. News & World Report]