Spanking is not the right punishment for a 16 year old woman.
This is wrong: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57316508/texas-judge-beating-video-causing-outrage/
I am sorry, but this really infuriates me. I remember locking the door to my house when I was two and a half years old. I remember finding the skin of lotus bugs and my then best friend who was a boy trying to make me eat a mud pie. (OK that is disgusting but he never forced me to do it, we just ended up I think throwing dirt at each other, but then later he pushed me on his swing.) I remember these very sweet memories as a child. So do you think a 16 year old will remember for the rest of her life being hit by her father. She is a woman old enough to make a baby and her father does not respect her enough to communicate with her and feels the need to beat her into submission. That is not civilized decent behavior no matter what she did. She may have been doing something wrong, but she was not physically harming anyone so even an eye for an eye does not fit this case. I would also agree with the daughter- her father needs help. I have witnessed rage like what she experienced. I was maybe 10-12 years old. My brother lost $20. My dad accused me of taking it so he took his belt and I can not remember if he had me pull down my pants but I do remember the sting and the tears and the sense of lack of trust and humiliation even though there was no one there to witness it. I did not do anything wrong that day. I would never steal. I have spent my entire life with a man for a father who would treat me like I was one of his criminals. It was as though every frustration he felt at the world he channeled into picking at and pointing out and pushing at every flaw I had real or in his mind. That kind of inability to control ones actions should not exist in someone who is sworn to uphold the law and sworn to ensure justice for others. A man with that kind of rage should not be allowed to carry a gun or discipline a child or an adult. Period. I hate to point this out to America- but the male cowboy attitude is why I do not like American Men and I do not like cowboys. PERIOD.
I have to add that beating a person at that age is in my opinion torture and inappropriate. We do not condone a cop beating up a prisoner unless in self defense, and certainly not as a form of interrogation, so why would anyone think a full grown man should have the right to beat his full grown daughter.