I Was Given Punishment Suppositories As A Child
My mother used the "spanking-plus-suppository" punishment because she obssessed about the link between child behaviour and intestinal autointoxication due to constipation.
Because my sister and I were persistently constipated as kids, my parents gradually became fixated on the idea that any misbehavior (rudeness/differneces of opinion, or fighting amongst ourselves) was ultimately caused by constipation, by the fact that we hadn't been doing enough doodoo recently. And so, increasingly, punishment spankings were accompanied by insertion of suppositories or soap-slivers while we were still over-the-lap. My mother especially was acutely aware that we found suppository insertion more frightening than spanking with any implement, so this became a favorite punishment.
The thing is, I know her theory has a basis in fact - but that didn't make it any easier to endure! I used to swear to myself I'd never do the same to my kids when I became a parent, but...