Child spanking photo

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Child spanking photos are photographic depictions of a child being spanked.

Such photos are found, for example, as illustrations in parenting books, in news and articles about child discipline, on vintage humorous postcards, stereoviews and in advertisements. They are often posed, i.e. the child in the photo is not really being spanked. The website World Corporal Punishment Research features a collection of examples of child spanking photos, mainly from news media around the world but also from other sources, such as photos that were taken in school museums while punishment methods of the past were reenacted for demonstration. People also often take photos of fun spankings such as birthday spankings at home or in the classroom. Examples of these are found in public web albums on the Internet.

Technically speaking, stills from movies which depict spanking scenes can also be considered spanking photos.

Legal situation and ethical issues[edit]

Child spanking photos are not illegal per se, nor are they usually considered "adult". However under some circumstances they can be considered child pornography, and as such be illegal to create, publish or possess. The exact criteria to distinguish between legal and illegal media are unknown and will depend on the jurisdiction. The examples linked below for the purpose of demonstration can be assumed to be legal, either worldwide or at least in the countries they were published in.

Child spanking scenes in professional, commercial photography are largely taken in the stock photography business.

Apart from the legal situation, there are ethical considerations. Fun spanking photos are widely accepted as a non-issue because they are seen as harmless depictions of adult-child or child-child play. Photos that depict real punishment spankings (non staged) are widely considered unethical to take and in particular to share, especially so when they involve nudity, as it is very embarrassing for the child. In countries where child spanking is illegal, such a photo would be considered evidence of child abuse.

Many websites and web forums relating to spanking art have internal policies that ban photos: either any photos of minors being spanked, or any photos of minors whatsoever, or any kind of photos including adults. Drawings are usually welcome, while rendered art may or may not be, depending on the site. The Spanking Art wiki too follows this self-censorship, as detailed on our Image use policy.

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