A convent is either a community of priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, or nuns, or the building used by the community, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Anglican Communion. The terms "convent" or nunnery almost invariably refers to a community of women in modern English usage (from 18th century), while "monastery", "priory" or "friary" is used for men; but in historical usage they are often interchangeable.
Convents and corporal punishment
Convents were traditionally places in which corporal punishment had a good stronghold. It is found among nuns and female novices as a punishment, but also in the mortification of the flesh and as a form of penance. It is also found — in some countries to the present day — in convent schools.
Convents in spanking art
Convents are found as settings in spanking stories and novels (e.g. The Convent School; Le Fouet au couvent), in spanking drawings, and in both mainstream film (e.g. Brides of Christ) and in adult fetish spanking videos.
Convents also inspired the genre of nunsploitation (nun exploitation) films, which is a subgenre of exploitation films, primarily produced in Italy and Japan in the 1970s and 1980s. Examples are Images In a Convent (1979) and Convent of Sinners (1986).
A montage of whipping scenes from three nunsploitation films (including Images In the Convent and Convent of Sinners) can be seen at the Internet Archive.
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