Do you think spanking a child is abuse? I think it's abuse. Saying it's "a little smack on the bum-bum" doesn't make it any less violent. We don't call a gunshot to the head "a little hole-hole boo-boo in the brain-brain". I really think we should avoid using terms meant to "soften" tha act. If we called circumscision "penis-mutilation" I doubt many people would do it. Branding spanking as abuse could perhaps stop it from happening? P.S: Yes, I'm also against circumscision and vaginal mutilation. But that's for amother thread.