The worst punishment in the world?

*Embarrassed cough* Happy (extremely belated) New Year all! I'm not even going to insult you all with lame excuses. Hope there are some of you still out there reading. This year just doesn't seem to be starting off great for me and I sincerely hope I'm in the minority here. I hope everything's going wonderfully for all of you anyway.

I was having a random conversation with Nsoromma last night about the punishments people used to receive as children and she related a story of a girl who was a couple of years below her in secondary school and I just had to share.

This child (she must have been about 13) had been giving her Nigerian parents the stereotypical teen girl trouble of staying out later than her curfew, hanging out with unsavoury boys etc. etc. and I guess her father just snapped. She came home late from school one too many times and her father frogmarched her to a barber shop in the middle of Peckham and clean told the barber to shave her hair off! Think less Amber Rose and more this:

What makes this whole story worse to me that she lived in Peckham! You're always bound to bump into somebody you know in Peckham amongst the thugs, aunties, and fine boys. This poor child had to get on a bus from Peckham to Elephant and Castle everyday with her shining head until her hair grew back. As punishments go, I thought this touched the heights of genius.

This then lead to a conversation I saw on twitter asking if anybody else was 'gingered' as a child. Now I remember two or three of my friends having this done to them when they were about 10 or so and even now it horrifies me. For those who don't know, getting 'gingered' involved having ginger (or hot pepper) inserted in your vagina or anus as a form of punishment. In other words, total and utter child abuse.

The nastiness of 'gingering' aside, this leads me to the whole point of this post: what is the worst punishment you've ever received? It can't possibly be worse than having your hair shaved off in the middle of Peckham can it?...

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13 opinionated people have something to say:

leggy said...

my mum spanked me.that was it.

Mike said...

I'd been whipped, slapped and had objects thrown at me before, but the worst- (and I know it doesn't appear so) was my mom locking me in her room to nap over school break while my friends played football outside ALL DAY! We had a team, and some of them came to beg my mom to let me join 'em. No dice! No tv, radio, only the sounds of a long-planned 5-hour round robin tourney that 12-yr-old couldn't join.

Friday's Afro said...

Eish! That girl got boyed out by her dad! I was generally a quiet goody two shoes when I was really young and by the time the underage drinking etc started, my mum could only shout, cry, pray and this was enough to intimidate me. I always hated when my mum (or your dad) was "disappointed" with me, that was the killer.

Myne Whitman said...

That bald look can be sexy you know? LOL...I think severe spanking must have been the worst. But in boarding it was painful when seniors frogmarched us as a group, spraying us with soupy water in the dining hall. What utter humiliation!

Sandy Tea said...

Poor girl. I played a prank on my dad. my mum found it funny but she had to copy the nigerians next door by making me stand against the wall with one leg up.

maphi said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL this was such a funny post , ive never been punished to be honest just been told of but my brother and sister have received all sorts xoxo

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

This was so funny to behold in real life, TRUST ME! But one of those where you can't quite believe your eyes. Made me go home and give my mother a FAT kiss, safe in the knowledge that that could never have been me!

Anonymous said...

i was punish with suppotoires and a butt plug and an emema

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Silvia Jacinto said...

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Anonymous said...

Had gingering done to me a couple of times as a child confronted my mum about it at 32. She totally denies it! THAT because she's a WITCH! INEH IS A WITCH!

Anonymous said...

The number of things I have encountered from when I was a child through to adulthood , both in school,college, university, church and workplace are: - being canned, being hit with a stick on the knuckles with wither ruler/stick, kneeling down, facing the wall, being slapped, bending down with one finger on the ground and lifting one let up at the same time, crossing my arms to hold both ears and going up and down with my whole body at the same time, I have also being shouted at, being sweared at, being called all sorts of names, people have said things to me that made me feel worthless, I have also been exposed pornography, bullied, persecuted, being treated as a scapegoat, being teased, harassed, humiliated, abused, being bitten by dogs, being taken advantage of, being insulted, I have also been through social rejection. Also no matter how I behave whether good or bad, I get abused by others. I have also been in a situation in which ginger or anything peppery was put in my vagina for me to experience pain, even if I am falling ill. This one is emotional absuse. Another situation that I have also been in is that, when people see my brother and I together, he is the only one, who get the attention whist I have treated as if I was invisible. All these terrible things I have experienced has affected the way I have related to other people it has also affected my ability in wanting to get married or have any children.

Anonymous said...

The worst punishment I got was being whipped on my bare vulva. This started when I was about 6 and went on till about 14. I was whipped with belts, switches, electrical cords and whips. The absolutely was a beating on my vulva I got when I was 12 with the buckle end of the belt. I was naked, laying on my back, with my legs spread apart as far as I could. My father whipped my vulva with the strap end about 30 times, then with the buckle end 20 times more just as hard. It caused welts, bleeding, and pain for over a month. It was just so horrible. I remember being jealous of girls that got whipped on their butts. That seemed bearable but it hurts so much more on the bare genitals.

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