Suffering for Science


suffering for scienceMary-Anne from Singapore responded to the spoof post last week by sending in an apparently true story culled from a Korean medical forum via Google translate. No verifying information could be found and the picture above is not related to this story. Also the text was mostly garbled and this is an edited clean-up, hence the clumsiness. These is no way to be certain that isn’t also a spoof, so beware.


Whilst the spank or not to spank debate rages, especially since the Gunnoe findings threw a scientific spanner in the works. Researchers in Japan have been on another track altogether.

Apparently scientists have been experimenting with the effects of spanking on a range of volunteers. They have been testing for physical, psychological and sexual effects.

The provisional findings suggest that the subjects could handle more pain if they were told it was for science than otherwise, also the spanked subjects were less likely to be depressed than the control group. They also found that 75% of women had some level of sexual response to posterior stimulation, which was twice that of men.

One scientist was quoted as saying “So long as the pain was not too great, it seems that the harder the subject is beaten, the greater the sexual response.”

She went on to say that “This was also true of psychological tests, but except for depressives the effects were much less.”


The rest was unreadable gobbledygook, but the Gunnoe reference is a real enough study by Calvin College, Michigan, which has used international data in support of the pro-spanking lobby. So make of it what you will.

8 Responses to “Suffering for Science”

  1. 1 Johnxc

    I would eagerly volunteer to participate in a spanking study, either as a spankee or a spanker. We should all be willing to “suffer” for science.

  2. The Gunnoe study was conducted by Calvin College to find exactly what they wanted them to. Calvin College is way pro-spanking of children (possibly of students I have heard) and should not be taken as serious research.
    I think the Russian studies on the effects spanking has on depression and addiction has been discussed here. That was a real study with positive results (on adults). I had also read about a scientific study in some Northern European country, memory fails which (perhaps a good paddling would help). They had several female students get paddled before a big test and found that their test scores went up dramatically. There was some skepticism as to whether or not that was a true story, but other research gives it credence. The paddling releases the endorphins that spark the memory and attention.

    • 3 DJ

      Not sure why this got held for moderation – maybe it was the length? Sorry about that.

      I wasn’t too familiar with Gunnoe – it was mentioned without explanation in the garbled report I had so I looked it up.

      I am in no way indorsing the Gunnoe report and as you say most researchers find and prove what they are looking for. This is issue is a social-political minefield and not one for discussion here I feel.

      However, I did think that the adult spanking study (assuming it is genuine) was both valid and interesting in as much as it explores the psychological and sexual aspects.

    • 4 Mark

      On a related note, a pretty young woman parked at our local grocery the other day, with a sorority paddle prominently displayed on the back shelf of her car. There are other explanations of course, but I prefer to think that is a sorority rule, and indicates use of it too. The particular sorority named on the paddle is an old one noted for being uncompromising, so it may well be so. Anyway, I think we’ve got a good deal of spanking and paddling going on around us, just slightly below the surface of public notice.

  3. 5 cindy2

    I would also volunteer for such a study–in the name of science, mind you.

    With regard to the experimental finding that spanked subjects are less likely to experience depression than those from the control group, I seem to recall–unless my mind is playing tricks on me–a Russian study in which spanking is used to combat depression.

    DJ, your sentence beginning, “Whilst the spank or not to spank debate rages…” caught my attention. I can’t help but think that this calls for a soliloquy that begins:

    To spank, or not to spank. that is the question–

    That is the question.

    • 6 DJ

      A noble ambition. 😉

      Spank or not to spank is not a question really – the answer is yes 😉

  4. 7 Karl Friedrich Gauss

    The strictness of science embodies a level and sort of dominance to which ordinary mortals may but aspire, it’s the theology of our time, and just as theocrats of times past lorded it over the peasants, so do our scientists hold the whip hand over modern thought. Kind of an analog there to this thing we do.

    And then there are the social scientists like Stanley Milgram who test to see how much pain their orders will cause test subjects to subject other test subjects to. And how obedient to authority people will be, even when they appear to be causing suffering to innocent test subjects. Ah the sway of science over the human mind, the authority of authority figures. Society is full of that sort of thing. Which is perhaps why we so like to play these games!

    • 8 DJ

      Generally the only solid scientific research is that which leads to solid verifiable applications.

      All other research is mostly at best suggestive and is a hostage to the questions posed of it.

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