Docility

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Docility is a person's readiness to submit to an authority, to obey orders, to be led, supervised, and instructed. The corresponding adjective is docile.

Docility is usually considered a positive trait, especially in children, because it makes teaching and educating them easier and results in high discipline, obedience and quick learning. Docility can also mean the readiness to work hard and to do unpleasant things if demanded, and to accept punishment without much resistance.

In past centuries, docility was one of the aims of good childrearing, and parents took great efforts to train their children in docility from a young age so they would be prepared for the discipline of school and their future education. In some modern societies, docility is no longer thought to be such a good trait because it is opposed to virtues such as independence, questioning, doubt, free thought and civil disobedience.

Docility in spanking fiction[edit]

Docility is very popular in spanking fiction such as spanking stories and spanking novels as it creates a scenario where strictness and punishment don't meet too much resistance, but go comparatively easy, smoothly and without arguments or unneccessary physical force. For example, the fictitious boys in The Old Rectory or the rejuvenated Penitatas in Melody's Stories are all generally quite docile and remarkably cooperative with whatever is done to them, including their punishments.

In domestic discipline, the spankee readily confesses to breaking a rule and agrees to an appropriate punishment, e.g. corner time and/or a spanking. Such docility is uncommon in a real life household.

Thesaurus[edit]

  • submissive
  • teachable
  • easily managed
  • easily trained