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The History of spanking

 

 This article is based on Chastisement by John Barry, published  in 1966 by Brandon House Books of California. We suspect that it is out of print.

 

 Spanking has a long history, probably as long as the Oldest Profession.  Documented incidents even date back to Ancient Greece.  Then it was customary for childless women to visit the  temple of Juno in Athens, to be cured of sterility by the priests of Pan. The women had to lie face down on the temple floor, and be whipped with a lash made of goat's hide. The priests clearly were aware of the erotic powers of the whip, but history does not tell us whether or not the resultant children were sired by the whip-wielding priests.

 

 The Roman story-teller, Virgil, in about 50 BC, describes the

 feast of Lupercalia, where naked men danced in the streets

 beating every woman they came across. The Romans also had a fascinating tradition for ensuring the fertility of brides to be.   The girl was placed across the knees of the 'sponsor', then the girl's bottom was bared and strapped to the accompaniment of clashing cymbals.

 

 The theory that whipping would make barren women fertile

 lasted until the sixteenth century.  Then the wife of the heir to

 the throne of France was childless. It was decided that a

 spanking would be administered daily to the princess. After a

 long period, she gave birth;  causality not proven!

 

 Erotic whipping became common in the French court of that

 period. Ladies bottoms were frequently whipped in public!  The  church even defined different types of whipping; superior was whipping on the back, while inferior referred to the naked buttocks. In due course, only the latter was recommended as it was less likely to result in permanent injury.

 

 Priests used whipping as a means of expiating sins. It was

 common for women, after confession, to retire to a priest's

 room and have her bare bottom birched while resting on a

 specially designed kneeler. Scandal inevitably resulted.  A fifty year old Jesuit, Father Giraud, wound up in court for his

 whipping the very pretty twenty five year old Catherine Cadiere.   To facilitate his pleasure, he even put her in a nunnery for unlimited access!

 

 The most famous whipper of the pretty bottoms of female

 penitants was Father Cornelius Adriason. The punishment

 came to be known as the Cornelian Discipline , such was his

 fame for flogging female bottoms.  Following many a scandal,

 Pope Adrian the First finally ended, or was supposed to end

 such practices.

 

  Aristocrats enjoyed the sound of hand on rump as much as the clergy.  For instance, Catherine de Medici was notorious for her delight in seeing female bottoms being smacked. At a banquet  in 1577, she made the most beautiful and noble ladies of the court serve half naked. She personally spanked them on the buttocks with the palm of her hand, with great blows and fairly rough handling.

 

 In America in 1936, Mrs. Dorothy Spencer published her famous  Spencer Spanking Plan. This was meant to result in marital  bliss. It clearly defined when a man could spank his wife, and  when a woman could whip her husband. Very detailed, it  required that the rules and regulations be observed to the letter.  In particular, women were to be spanked, never whipped. One leather goods store sold 297 whips in one day just after it was  published. Someone must have believed in it!

 

 Devotees of the plan pointed out that the US divorce rate fell

 37% in the three years that it was the rage. The plan gained a

 phenomenal amount of publicity, and clubs were even formed  to  discuss and promote it.  The advertising pitch stated that  spanking is never given in anger, rather in love. Amen to that!   As late as the 1950's, whips and paddles were a section in the New York Yellow Pages.

 

 Britain, of course, remained true to the cause even at the most ludicrous times. In early 1940, with Hitler trying to pound the  British into lonely submission, a major row broke out as a Dr  Kitching denounced the caning of teenage girls, causing a

 major storm. The teaching profession defended the practice

 with enthusiasm, even for girls up to eighteen.

 

 England in the fifties set up a magazine, Corpun, to sell his

 wares, and founded The National Society for the Retention of

 Corporal Punishment. He widely advertised his malacca canes and assured parents that his leather tawses were ideal for naughty teenagers.

 

 At the same time in America, spanking was the rage, as a proxy for erotica. Shapely female bottoms could be described during  spanking while in any other context would have been taboo.   And remember all those figure-hugging skirts, especially at the  office; bottoms were in! Thrilling Confessions carried a section of spanking letters from its first issue.  Both the New York Daily News and the New York Enquirer ran substantial numbers of  letters on spanking, but banned them when they twigged to their erotic content.

 

 The leading romantic magazine, Your Romance, also published a large volume purporting to come from ladies, but minimal scrutiny reveals that most of them are male fantasies.

 

 Interest in the press has never diminished. In the sixties, when  a male dancer at the Folies Bergere spanked a dancer Lydia de  Lipski, it made world headlines.  He claimed that she insulted him beyond description, and as a result spanked her bottom in  a most sound fashion. She told the court that she could not  work for eight days because of the marks. He was fined $112  (40) at the prevailing exchange rates or about $200 at current  prices.

 

 In 1974, the spanking colonel, John Brooks made headlines

 sued the Sunday People for libel when they reported his

 spanking the delicious 21 year old Sue Carr.  The case ran for six days and knocked all other news off the headlines.  In court  the colonel stated, "I think that spanking a girl's bottom -  if she is willing and likes it and enjoys it - is simply part of fun.   Provided it is with her consent, it is nothing more notorious than the Italian habit of bottom-pinching."  What she seemed to object to most was that he poured whisky over her bottom before he spanked it. (Hope it wasn't a good malt; ed)  He won his case and was awarded one penny damages; Oh dear. 

 

 By the end of the 1970s, films were being made about

 spanking. In 1977, Shangrila Productions in France made La

 Fessee ou Les Memoires de M. Leon, Maitre-Fesseur. A bank

 manager has an evening job as a spanker of females.   A

 brilliant film which is a must for spanking enthusiasts.

 

 This can only be a short summary of 2,000 of erotic spanking

 practice, yet is surely proff that we all practice a noble art,

 central to the erotic pleasures of millions of people over a very long period.

 

(Author unknown, if you are the author, or know who the author is, please 

contact Me so that appropriate acknowledgement  for this article can be given, in the 

interim, this is assumed to be public domain)

                                                    

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