Switch (implement)

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Note: This article is about the implement. For other meanings, see switch.
An American school museum. Note the switch on the teacher's desk.
The Switch, artwork by Rude Rumps.

A switch is a flexible stick or rod, used for corporal punishment. A spanking with a switch is called a switching.

A switch is normally made from recently cut, flexible branch or twig. A switch is always a single, flexible, thin implement. Multiple branches are rather called a birch or rod, a hollow rod is rather called a cane (note: rattan meets this criteria too since it is sponge-like hollow), an non-hollow, inflexible one a stick; a more advanced flexible implement a crop.


When used, a switch makes an ominous 'swoosh' sound, rather like a cane or whip, and can be agitated up and down quickly, so the lashes can rain down on the spankee. A switch is usually employed bare bottom so it can 'bite' the skin. While a switch can be used OTK, it can be more painful if the spanker requires the spankee to lie or bend over an object, or to stand bent over. This allows a longer and freer swing, and it can also increase the humiliation by exposing the genitals.

A switch is an implement ideally leaving only "sting" and no "thud". A switch can leave marks, most often welts, and if used strongly, can cut the skin leaving open wounds.

take it from someone who was raised on the switch...its just stingy-ee and not really that sever..especially over the lap....and as you can see she is not putting a lot of force into it at all....because there is no need to...the beauty of a switch is that you don't need to use much force at all to make is sting....now if you haul off using your whole arm then yeah its sever
  — Arkham-Insanity, September 23, 2009


Switches are most efficient (that is, most painful and durable) if made of a strong but flexible type of wood, such as hazel (also used for a very severe birch) or hickory (the traditional "hickory stick"). Birch and willow branches are time-honored favorites, but branches from most strong trees and large shrubs can be used, often simply cut from a garden, an orchard, or the wild. A tamarind switch, made from three braided and oiled tamarind rods, was used for judicial corporal punishment up to the late 1960s in the Caribbean Commonwealth island states of Jamaica, Trinidad, and Tobago.

Making a switch is simply called cutting, as it only involves cutting it from the stem and removing twigs or directly attached leaves as those would lessen its sting and may break skin. For optimal flexibility it is cut fresh shortly before use, rather than keeping it for re-use over considerable time. In some cases, a switch will also be "peeled", that is, the bark will be removed before use. A switch can be soaked in brine before use, to increase its flexibility and durability. This can also increase the sting if salt is transferred to the bottom of the spankee.

See "switching" for a list of related spanking videos on this topic.

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