Half-standing position

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Illustration by C. Helsey for Les Humiliations de Miss Madge (1912).

The half-standing position is a spanking position in which the spankee stands in front of a table or desk and lays his/her upper body flat on the top of the table/desk, so that his/her body forms an inverted 'L' shape. It is thus, in fact, a "half-standing, half-lying position". Alternatively, only the forearms can rest on the tabletop, which is then less like half-lying.

The spankee can cling onto the far edge of the table/desk with his/her hands, or fold his/her arms and rest his/her head on them. If the spankee is very tall or if the table top has a small surface area, the spankee can reach beyond the edge and grab the table's legs on the opposite end, resulting in an even more bent-over position. In BDSM, bondage is common in this position as the spankee's hands and feet can be tied to the table's legs.

To make the position more comfortable for the spankee, cushions or padding can be placed on the table for their upper body to rest on, especially at the areas which bear much of the spankee's body weight.

The half-standing position is similar to the bent-over-object position, which uses furniture with a smaller (and often, padded) top, such as the seat of a barstool. The main difference is that in the half-standing position, the spankee's feet bear some (maybe 20%) of his/her weight, while in the bent-over-object position, they are usually in contact with the ground, but bear little or none of the spankee's body weight. Besides, in the bent-over-object position, the spankee's body resembles an inverted 'V' shape more than an 'L' shape, with the buttocks at the apex.

The half-standing position is popular for spankings in school settings, as desks are readily available there. It is often used for caning, strapping, slippering, or spanking with a ruler.

The half-standing position is not recommended for young children, because they, unlike teenagers and adults, may not be tall enough, and when they lay on the table/desk, their feet will be off the ground, and this puts a lot of stress on the upper body, which has to bear most of their weight.



  • The leaning position is similar in a way that the spankee (when leaning forward until his/her upper body is at a low level) resembles an inverted 'L' shape, but the angle is larger because the upper body is not laid flat on any surface.