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Illustration by Louis Malteste.

Cooperation, also spelled co-operation, is the process of working or acting together.

Cooperation with punishment

To cooperate with one's own punishment means to be compliant, to obey the instructions given, to submit, to not resist, and to do whatever is needed for the procedure. Cooperation is usually desireable behavior because it means less physical or verbal force is needed in the course of the punishment. This reduces trouble, saves energy, and makes the punishment more controlled and thus safer.

Many types of punishment work only through cooperation, such as time-out, corner time, the naughty step, grounding, extra chores, standing on one leg, writing lines.

Cooperation with spanking

Cooperation with a spanking can mean, for example:

  • to not try to run away, argue or fight
  • to go to a designated place where the punishment is to take place
  • to remove one's garments when told
  • to get in the designated position
  • to stay in position during the punishment, to not try to block or evade

Other particularly humbling examples include:

Voluntary, encouraged and enforced cooperation

Cooperation can be a natural thing with obedient, docile charges. It is also found when a person is penitent and remorseful because of their wrongdoing and desires the punishment to cleanse themselves from guilt.

When the delinquent is not naturally cooperative, their cooperation can be encouraged, e.g. by repeating an instruction with a firm voice so they realize it is wiser to stop resisting and submit. The person in authority can also appeal to the delinquent's sense of justice, to remind them of previously agreed-upon rules, to use religious arguments, or other rhetoric and psychologic means.

If this is not sufficient, the delinquent can be warned that failure to cooperate is considered further disobedience and will result in extra punishment. An immediate minor physical admonishment (e.g. a slap) is also sometimes used as an "encourager".

Real life vs. spanking fiction

There is a notable gap between nonconsensual disciplinary spankings in real life and in spanking fiction regarding cooperation. In real life, corporal punishments often happen without much cooperation on the spankee's part — particularly very young children — and consequently involve much force and violence on the spanker's part. An extreme example can be seen in the video of Hillary Adams.

In spanking fiction, such as spanking stories, spanking comics or spanking videos, cooperation with punishment is almost always present. Resistance is a recurring theme too, but is almost always quickly overcome. In classic spanking works, cooperation is usually achieved by just a few words; only occasionally a spankee has to be overpowered with force. In BDSM works, cooperation is usually nearly perfect because of the a priori submission of the spankee. Despite the cooperation, in BDSM the submissive is in most cases tied up for their punishment.

Cooperation and humiliation

It is possible to look at cooperation with punishment from two different perspectives: The first view is that it adds to the delinquent's humiliation if they are not only subjected to a painful and humiliating experience, but expected or made to actually cooperate with it. Cooperation is seen as an additional abasement and a sign of "broken will".

The other view is from an opposite direction: Cooperation reduces the delinquent's humiliation because they willingly submit to the punishment by (or as if by) their own will. By this they maintain greater dignity and are not subjected to unnecessary force or violence. They show understanding and demonstrate virtues such as humility, respect and obedience to their superior.

See also