Bastinado, also known as foot whipping, Bastonade (German term), falanga (phalanga), and falaka (falaqa), is a form of corporal punishment in which the soles of the feet are beaten with an object such as a cane, rod or club, a stout leather bullwhip, or a flexible bat of heavy rubber. It is sometimes favoured as a form of torture and corporal punishment in prisons because, although extremely painful, it leaves few physical marks.
This punishment has, at various times, been used in China, as well as the Middle East. It was used throughout the Ottoman Empire. It was also frequently used within prisons and reformatories in Germany and Austria until the 1950s to sanction neglect or disobedience on side of the detainees.
The term "bastinado" is also sometimes found referring to other forms of corporal punishment, however it is mostly connected to the beating of a person's bare feet.
Bastinado in BDSM and adult films
Bastinado has grown quite common in BDSM and adult media in recent years. It is commonly employed on barefoot females for example in media from Kink.com and other production companies. An example for a feature film is the low-budget Canadian sexploitation film Autumn Born (1979), where an abducted woman is punished for disobeying her abductors in this manner.
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