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beaten throughout childhood and adolescence with canes, straps, sticks, curtain wire etc for being male. also beaten at home by both parents. aged 67, was at school in Durban, Natal, South Africa from 1953 to 1966. Natal schools regulations forbade the beating of girls. counselling profession seems to regard it as abuse but cannot condemn corporal punishment outright, like sexual abuse, for example. am unable to relate to women because of their violence to me when young and vulnerable. many women who beat boys were active in the feminist movement in the 70s and 80s and some still are. anxiety, fury, sleeplessness, negative relationships. mental health professionals seem to regard my difficulties as a result of my own unwillingness to "move on", or they have a range of other pathological exhortations, like the "need to accept what happened", they can't say it was wrong because that would be a value judgement, nor can they condemn it. If you think you would like to reply to this, try one or two simple direct questions, rather than making suggestions, thanks.
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