Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Mainstream spanking - a formative experience?
There are a number of sites which spend much of their time tracking down and cataloguing both spankings in mainstream media and real life spankings. These include the wonderful Chross, the invaluable The Spank Statement and, to an extent, Spanking Facts and Research (the forum can be a bit creepy though). These primarily are concerned with adult spanking; others collect spankings of children, but they are not our concern here. This is an adults only site.
In addition there are other sites that focus on other types of mainstream spankings, such as those that appear in comics, books or even fine art. Oh, and on wine bottle labels.
Let's limit this to film and television though.
I was aware of spanking, and being excited by it, from an early age but it never occurred to me that other people were also interested until McLintock was shown on national television, and, the next at school, masses of kids were talking about it, and were concentrating on the spanking scenes! This was both boys and girls, and no one seemed to disapprove.
As a child I remember seeing several other adult spanking scenes; on The Tomorrow People, in The Iron Maiden, Blue Hawaii and Donovan's Reef. There was also the so brief that if you blinked you could believe you were imagining it spanking in The Two Ronnies (In "The Worm That Turned" serial).
At that time (I was around 12 or 13, I think, so it would be the mid-seventies), there was one massive bookshop in Birmingham, called Hudsons. It had a large section of film-related books, and I spent many a happy Saturday (outside of the football season) paging through thousands of books looking for film stills that featured spankings.
One of those of came across was from Bluebeard's Eight Wife, and one Sunday evening it was listed on the schedules (this was a few years later). It was before we had a video recorder, so I decided to stay up and watch it, only for it's start to be delayed due to Torvill and Dean's appearance at the Winter Olympics. Still, I hung on until it started, and was then really let down by the (basically) off screen spanking.
Even that was less disappointing than finding out that The MGM Story had misled me into believing that Elizabeth Taylor was actually spanked in Father of the Bride.
When I first got internet access, in the early 1990's, my most frequent search was "mainstream spanking", and I spent many happy (and expensive) hours browsing the grainy images my dial up connection provided.
I've spoken (or at least emailed) to many spanking fans over the years, and most of them have at least a passing fondness for these scenes.
Let's think about this for a bit; most mainstream scenes are very short, many not actually showing contact between hand and bottom. They show a handful of half hearted slaps, which somehow result in the female spankee frantically rubbing at her bottom (if we're lucky - I do love to see this!), and finding it difficult to sit.
Now, I've spanked and been spanked, and I know that a few spanks over clothes aren't going to even produce a sting in the posterior of a grown woman.
I'm all for willing suspension of disbelief; you can't watch much television in particular with any enjoyment if you insist on realism. This can be taken too far though.
Twenty or more years ago my wife and I went to Stratford, to see a revival of Kiss Me Kate at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It was a tremendously entertaining performance but the spanking consisted of about 3 largely inaccurate slaps. And still Kate couldn't sit!
Anyone can see excerpts from spanking videos entirely without cost (just log on to Spanking Tube, for instance), which even in the limited time available are still more viable as punishments than in virtually any mainstream film.
Why then do I still get so much pleasure from these things?
I think it may go back, at least in part, to the reaction amongst my fellow pupils after seeing McClintock; spanking is, despite increased acceptance of it, still seen as, at least, a kink, and, by some, a perversion. It is considered to be deviant sexual behaviour.
Seeing it depicted on the screen, in a mainstream movie, is a type of acceptance. Whatever reason you find to spank, whether it be for discipline, sexual pleasure or just a bit of mild foreplay, you can find a mainstream film that shows it. Not as you experience it, no, but in some form that suggests it's acceptable, nonetheless.
I don't feel any shame about being a spanko; it's ingrained deep within my personality, and my life wouldn't be satisfying without it. But I don't tell people about it. None of my vanilla friends know. And, while my wife accepts that I love spanking, she still considers it a little odd.
Every time I switch on the television and see a pretty woman going over a masculine knee, there is a little validation. My lifestyle is okay.
And, you know, I always enjoy adult female bottoms being smacked, whatever the context. I love hardcore spanking videos, bare reddened bottoms that have experienced 10 minutes or more of hard spanking. I love the odd You Tube clips of birthday spankings. I love the steady stream of newly discovered spankings from films and television, across the world.
I'm starting to wonder if it might be a spanko's world after all.
All the best
All pictures are of mainstream spankings (I bet I startled a few of you with that!) and they're gathered from around the net. Thanks to all who inadvertently contributed.