I can say yes to being spanked a few times inmy childhood. There was not much of a warning but the effects of it were not just painful but it left some mental scars than run far deeper than the physical abuse ever did. I do remember one episode in particular. I was fond of reading magazines about horses as girl.Anything to do with horses had my keen interrest for a while and one day I was caught reading about horses in one of my magazines my father went balistic. I was spanked very hard and put to bed without supper. I remember my fathers fury and it scared me more than the beating itself which was humiliating as well as painful.Since that day I never realy put any trust in him again. Not that I don´t love him because I do however trust and respect has to be earned and sadly I don´t forget such cruelty. We can rightly ask ourselves what kind of effect it has on our lives as such. I have since been a bit obsessed with justice but also defending the victims of cruelty. Not as an ocupation but when I see cruelty to animals and children I do intefer. I have never been scared of pain but more of the effects a beating might have on a child as my own experiences have taught me.Therefore I can´t for the life of me understand why someone would take any kind of pleasure of being beaten or otherwise abused. The fascination these stories have on us is not just to reawaken our own memories but there is the suffering of the victim as well as the thrill of knowing what happend. Why I have no idea I think it is something humans have a certain fascination with and always will have for some obscure reason.Just thought I would share this.