Spanking Blog has a reproduction of an Art Buchwald column from 1968 in which Buchwald supposedly consults his lawyer about the legalities of wife spanking. The column was stimulated (ha) by then-current scandalous news from the divorce proceedings of legendary actor Cary Grant. Supposedly the actor responded to an allegation that he’d spanked his soon-to-be-ex-wife by admitting it. His defense? He had, he claimed, “reasonable and adequate cause” to spank her. A small detail from the trial testimony: he was grinning when he did it.

The past? It is indeed another country. Forget the wife spankings of the rich and famous; it’s bizarre enough that people used to actually litigate the question of whether sufficient grounds for a divorce existed!

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