It’s different for girls

I went to a fairly ‘bog standard’ English comprehensive school in the 1970s, and corporal punishment was still very much a possibility, although pretty rare in most schools by then.

At home I got my bottom smacked occasionally by my mum, normally for talking back or throwing tantrums. These were pretty standard – both me and my sister got our skirts lifted up and our knickers put down for a dose of the wooden spoon across Mum’s knee.

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