Children spanking dolls
Children love roleplaying, and girls, in particular, often use dolls as roleplaying partners. Since dolls don't speak or move (unless they are special technical dolls), this greatly strengthens the child's imagination. Playing with dolls is also believed to be good for the development of social skills.
A popular and classic scenario is that the child will play the role of an adult (e.g. a mother) and the doll will play the role of a child. This often leads to very sweet scenes in which the child scolds her doll and/or "punishes" her for being "naughty". These may include classic punishments such as corner time or spanking, if the child is familiar with these.
Many children will "act out" a spanking scenario they see in children's books or will emulate the spankings they receive from their parents. This may include scolding or lectures prior to the spanking. Even in the administration of the spanking, the child will use any method on the doll their parent uses on them.
Dolls designed for spanking
In mainstream literature
An example of the motif in mainstream literature is Chapter IV, "Thursday—-Spanked" of the children's book The diary of a birthday doll by Ethel Constance Dow, first published in 1908 and illustrated by Florence England Nosworthy. See here for the full book online, and here for the page with the illustration.
In spanking fiction
In the spanking novel Melody's Stories it is very common and officially encouraged for rejuved children, particularly "Pennys", to spank their dolls, acting out punishemts for their own crimes or misdeeds. A special line of dolls, called "Spanking Susie" (and the male counterpart "Spanking Sam") is sold precisely for that purpose. These fictional dolls are able to react in an pseudo-intelligent if stereotyped way, pleading for mercy and apologizing for their naughtiness, as well as crying. In the stories, dolls are often given "names" linked with their owner's names, for example Melody's doll is named "Robin" (explained as "Melody = Birdsong = Robin").
Other stories set in the Rejuve Universe have also included this element.
Child spanking a doll with a birch. Vintage spanking postcard.
Little girl spanking her doll's botty. Drawing by Lorenz Frølich (1868).
A girl puts her doll in corner time. Illustration by Blanche Fisher Wright.
"Wer nicht hören will, muss fühlen", Vintage German postcard (1921).
- An unusual scenario in a TV commercial where a child plays that she is spanked by an adult-sized "mummy" doll.
- News article illustrated with a photo of a little girl spanking her doll
- Another article illustrated with a photo of a little girl spanking her doll
- Same photo, but artistically retouched
- Bambola... (figurine photo on Handprints)
- Figurine by Tiziano Galli (figurine photo on Handprints)
- Comic panel by Palcomix on Handprints
- Spanked Dolls (Drawings Gallery #235) on Handprints