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"Each day, the master can only notice the maid's failures and so must, in obedience to his "manual," administer her punishment, assuring her that it is an obligation to an ideal of a higher order that compels him, an obscure compulsion from which neither, seemingly, can escape."--blurb of Spanking the Maid (1982) by Robert Coover


"I read: 'Dear Mr Garvy: I am very grateful to you for referring …' He began spanking me as I said 'referring.'"--"Secretary" (1988) by Mary Gaitskill

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Spanking is a common form of corporal punishment, involving the act of striking the buttocks of another person to cause physical pain, generally with an open hand.

Erotic spanking

Erotic spanking is the act of spanking another person for the sexual arousal or gratification of either or both parties. It is considered part of BDSM. It may involve very light and brief spanking or much more extensive spanking, including the use of implements such as whips or paddles. Activities range from a spontaneous smack on bare buttocks during a sexual activity, to occasional sexual roleplay, such as ageplay, or domestic discipline and may involve the use of a hand or a variety of spanking implements, such as a spanking paddle or cane.

Examples of celebrity spanking fetishists include the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) and the poet Algernon Swinburne (1837-1909). In more recent times, there have been the confessions of Daphne Merkin in Dreaming of Hitler.

History

Representations of erotic spanking and flagellation make up a large portion of Victorian pornography (see 1000 Nudes by Hans-Michael Koetzle, the first acknowledged homosexual spank star in 1853.) Hundreds of thousands of engravings, photographs, and/or literary depictions of spanking and flagellation ("birching") fantasies circulated during the Victorian era, including erotic novellas like Lady Bumtickler's Revels, The Whippingham Papers, Wezzellian Behaviors, Yerbouti Ermine or An Exhibition of Female Flagellants.

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