A stereotype is a type of logical oversimplification in which all the members of a class or set are considered to be definable by an easily distinguishable set of characteristics. The term is often used with a negative connotation, as stereotypes can be used to deny individuals respect or legitimacy based on their membership in a particular group. In America, the term has long been associated with the Civil Rights movement and is imbued with a semblance of racial context.
The corresponding adjective is stereotypical.
A cliché or cliche (pronounced UK: /ˈkliːʃeɪ/, US: /klɪˈʃeɪ/) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, rendering it a stereotype, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea which is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. Typically a pejorative, "clichés" are not always false or inaccurate; a cliché may or may not be true. Some are stereotypes, but some are simply truisms and facts. Clichés are often for comic effect, typically in fiction.
Stereotypes in art and literature
While stereotypes are often frowned upon in real life for being overly simplistic, they frequently fulfill a purpose in the creative arts. Many works of literature (fiction), film, comic strips and even fine art use stereotypes when it comes to defining basic character types.
For example, there are stereotypes associated with gender, age, culture, subculture, ethnicity, profession, and physical appearance. A popular device in character design is to have a character fulfill, say, 95% of some classical stereotype, and add 5% of something that breaks the stereotype, or gives it a little twist. This makes the character both believable and interesting. If an artist tried to come up with a character that is so unique it does not meet any stereotype whatsoever, the audience would not find any access to such a character.
Spanking stories and videos
Since spanking erotica, in all its forms (spanking art, literature, video, roleplay, etc.), is an exaggerated fantasy construct, the use of stereotypes is far more common than realistic characters and scenarios.
The punishing spanker character, especially in spanking videos, is usually a stereotypical disciplinarian with a firm belief in traditional methods of corporal punishment. This generally takes the form of the strict, old-fashioned headmaster, teacher, librarian, coach, parent or governess trope.
Similarly, the spankee character is, more often than not, a stereotypical bratty child or childish adult (a.k.a. "adult child" in roleplay), such as a uniformed schoolgirl, schoolboy or cheerleader who gets into trouble due to immaturity, poor judgement, or the temptations of disobedience.
Scenarios involving more adult characters often involve professionals (the inept secretary, stewardess, waitress, et al.) who are justifiably punished by their superiors or irate customers for making serious blunders related to their work.
Delving deeper into the realm of fantasy, the majority of whips-and-chains BDSM fetish videos employ the same stereotypical dominatrix or master/mistress characters who dominate, torment, and gleefully punish willing submissives or unwilling slaves and/or captive prisoners. This almost always takes place in a standard torture dungeon stocked with the usual array of familiar props and nefarious devices.
Other stereotypical secular and religious authority figures and spankees that often appear in spanking fiction are the naughty nurse, cruel nun, priest or religious fanatic, the corrupt and/or sadistic official (college Dean, school principal, Police officer, prison officer, warden – see Women in Prison film), the clumsy or lazy servant, maid (especially the sexy French maid), as well as the hapless sorority pledge, prostitute, Boy scout, Girl scout, bully, and cartoonish historical characters (pirates, harem girls, medieval witch-hunters, Nazis, et al.).
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