Removal of privilege

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A removal of privilege is a form of punishment in which the person being punished (usually a child or adolescent) is denied permisison to engage in some pleasurable or desirable activity (restriction). Almost any desireable activity can be made the subject of such a punishment. Classic examples are forbidding a person to talk on the telephone, visit friends, or have sweets. More modern versions include forbidding the punished person to use a computer or to watch television.

Removal of privileges is commonly used as a punishment in school and domestic contexts. It also features largely in spanking stories with a school or domestic setting. It is also a common type of punishment used in boarding schools, orphanages and similar institutions.

Grounding is a specialized form of removal of privileges, and a person forbidden a particular activity is sometimes said to be "grounded from" that activity.

Removal of privileges in BDSM[edit]

Removal of privileges is typically a child's punishment. When used on an adult, the adult may well feel humiliation in being treated as a child. Therefore removal of privileges is frequently, almost stereotypically, part of ageplay scenes.

Removal of privileges brings to the mind of the punished person that something believed to be a right is in fact a privilege (that can be withdrawn by the caretaker), which is a humbling realization and experience. In BDSM, people may find it exciting to take this concept further: almost anything can be called a "privilege" — which, effectively, implies that it is not a right. For example, the top may speak of a "privilege to wear clothes", a "privilege to use a bathroom", a "privilege to speak", or a "privilege to move". In this approach, practically any form of punishment — e.g. forced nudity, gags, bondage — can be called the removal of a privilege.

See also Sensory deprivation.

Removal of privileges in judicial punishment[edit]

Incarceration is a typical contemporary form of judicial punishment for criminals. It is also a type of (massive) "removal of privileges" (such as the privilege to move freely, the privilege to decide on how to spend one's time, etc.)