The whole thing is extremely bizarre. I agree.
Word. Taking a "beating like a man" is turning around and defending yourself. Interesting to note that the girl and mother seeming "okay" with the spanking itself seems to be a variation on "battered-wife syndrome."
Again, I agree. The mother's reaction is strangely muted and devoid of the "ewwww" reaction one might expect. My own parents believed in limited spankings of their kids if our behavior was particularly egregious (letting someone copy off us at school wouldn't have qualified) but they'd have never
allowed school personnel to strike their children. They'd have administered it themselves--when we were in grade school. Once a kid is past puberty spankings never would have been in the thought process.