The United Kingdom (abbreviation: U.K. or UK), full name the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly referred to as Britain, is a European country comprising England, Scotland, Wales, and the six northern counties of Ireland (Northern Ireland). Its capital city is London. The UK has a population of more than 62 million. It has no official language, although the de facto official language is (British) English. A highly developed country, the UK has the seventh largest economy in the world and was the world's first industrialised country.
Britain has been a major world power since the 16th century, and the British Empire covered nearly 23% of the land area in the world and included about 20% of the world's population at its peak in the 19th and 20th centuries. British influence still remains strong in many of its former territories and the Commonwealth countries. It is ruled by a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state, and the Prime Minister as the head of government.
Spanking in the UK
The UK has long histories of spanking and corporal punishment in various contexts, such as domestic, school, judicial, and military. Erotic spanking was also stereotypically prevalent in England during the Victorian era, and remains so today.
"Smacking" is the most common term used in Britain when referring to the spanking of children, but the word "spanking" has also become frequently used in recent times. However, "spanking" in British English usually refers only to the use of the open hand on the recipient's posterior and does not generally include the use of an implement such as a cane, unlike in American English.
Laws prohibiting the corporal punishment of children differ throughout the UK. Scotland has outlawed the striking of children and declared that children have the same legal protection against assault as adults, regardless of their age or family associations. In England and Wales, the matter is governed by s.58 of the Children Act 2004, which limits the previous "reasonable chastisement" common-law defence against an assault charge. Prosecution guidelines now effectively ban any sort of assault "unless the injury amounted to no more than temporary reddening of the skin and the injury is transient and trifling". This has been interpreted to mean that an implement cannot be used, but it is not clear whether that interpretation has been tested in the courts.
The most popular implements used in domestic spanking in the UK include: the birch, the cane, the strap, and the slipper. The use of these implements, however, varied across different social classes - in the late 19th century, slippers were commonly used among the lower classes of Scotland and the upper classes in England.
One common misconception is that the tawse was frequently used in domestic spanking. In fact, manufacturers restricted the sale of tawses to teachers only, but a small number of tawses have found their way into the home.
School corporal punishment
School corporal punishment was made illegal in state schools and partly publicly-funded private schools in the UK in 1986 (taking effect in 1987), and the ban was later extended to the remaining private schools.
The strap and the cane were the most widely used implements in English state schools. There was no universal convention across England on the type of implement to be used, and there were disparities even between schools in the same district. Some schools permitted any teacher to administer corporal punishment in the classroom, while others allowed only the headmaster or any senior staff to punish students. In some schools, students committing less serious offences were punished with the slipper instead of the strap or the cane.
The tawse was a Scottish invention and was seldom seen in English schools.
Historically, state schools in Scotland primarily used the birch as a spanking implement before changing to the tawse in the 19th century. 'Tawsing' could be administered by teachers in the classroom, but the tawse was mainly used on the palm of the hand rather than on the buttocks, and remained this way until 1987. Some Scottish private schools used the cane.
Judicial corporal punishment
The police and other law enforcement officers were known to have used corporal punishment on youths in the UK until the early 20th century. Although corporal punishment was often ordered by the courts, there were cases where the punishment of youths and minors, who were caught 'red handed' committing offences like shoplifting, were not authorised by either the judiciary or by their parents. However, the corporal punishment of youths, administered by persons in positions of authority, was so deeply ingrained into the national psyche, such that there were few complaints by parents about their children being punished by a policeman or law enforcement officer without their consent. A Scottish policeman even became famous for patenting a method of soaking birch rods in brine.
Judicial corporal punishment was abolished in the UK in 1948, but some Commonwealth countries and former British overseas territories, such as Singapore and Malaysia, however, still retain the practice of judicial corporal punishment from their colonial days.
UK spanking magazines
Other magazines currently in print include London Life, The Little Black Book, ITC Spanking (started in 2008), Chastised, and Get Spanked (launched in 2011).
Among the many vintage discontinued titles, there are Phoenix, Prefect, Justice, Derriere, New Derriere, Privilege Club, Privilege Plus, Obey, Command, CP Punishment, Fessee, The Governess, Schoolgirl, Scorpion, Spank Me, Strictly Spanking, Uniform Girls, Uniform International, Vixen, and Whispers.
Spanking video performers
British spanking actors include: Lucy McLean, her half-sister Amy Hunter, Nimue Allen, Lorraine Ansell, Lucy Bailey, Larry Barnes, Sara Benachour, Pandora Blake, Sarah Bright, Belinda Clark (aka Mistress Gemini), Catherine Corbett, Fae Corbin, Maisie Dee, Linzi Drew, Sue Ellis, Fatface, Christian Fennington, Sophie Fennington, Yasmin Garcia, Vida Garman, Christie Goddard, Caroline Grey, Miss Hastings (aka Miss Hastings-Gore), Adele Haze, Jimmy Holloway, Ella Hughes, Danielle Hunt, Leandra James, Suzi Jarman (aka Brooke Lee, Fiona Cooper), Samantha Johnson, Tiffany Jones, Rebeckah Jordan, Dana Kane, Paul Kennedy, Lottie Kinsade, Lucy Lauren, Belinda Lawson, Amanda Lewis, Sarah Harvey Lewis, Lola Marie, Molly Malone, Harrison Marks, Josie Harrison-Marks, Suzi Martell, Teresa May, Paula Meadows, Miss Brown (aka Claire or Clare Brown), Miss Parker, Nicky Montford, John Osborne, Zoe Page, Alison Payne, Anne Proto, Mel Penny, Jadie Reece, Kami Robertson, Paul Rogers, Lynn Paula Russell, Amelia Jane Rutherford, Lesley Saye, Elizabeth Simpson, Helen Stephens, Luna Winter, Penny Wise, Leia-Ann Woods and Rosaleen Young.
Spanking video producers
The following is a list of spanking video producers based in the UK. The majority of these companies concentrate on caning scenes involving uniformed schoolgirls, as well as various scenes of domestic spanking.
- Bars and Stripes (prison stories, founded by Lucy McLean in 2005)
- Bottom Marks, aka BottomMarks (vintage & recent UK/U.S. titles), est. 1998, website
- Cavern Spanking (c. 1992-1999)
- Cheeky Video Productions
- Christina Productions
- Connoisseur Spanking
- Dreams of Spanking (owned by Pandora Blake)
- English Spankers (website)
- Fetish Flixx
- Firm Hand Spanking (Anglo-American company that films largely in England)
- 1st Choice Spanking (website)
- Girls Boarding School
- Imprint Productions (obscure brand from the mid-to-late 1980s)
- Kane and Kane International (Harrison Marks)
- Miss Sultrybelle (Glasgow, Scotland), clips4sale site.
- Moonglow (plus Moonglow West, Moonglow North, et al.)
- Northern Spanking (Glasgow, Scotland, founded by Lucy McLean)
- Paradox (also distributed by Spanking For Pleasure)
- Red Stripe (currently Redstripe Films, website)
- Elegance Studios (part of Restrained Elegance owned by Amelia Jane Rutherford, website)
- Roue (now Roué Films)
- Smart Associates (plus subdivisions Bottom Line and Gaslight Prods.)
- SOL (Spanking Out Loud, reissued by Xerotics, Spanking Online, CanedSchoolGirls.com, et al.)
- Sound Punishment
- Spank Christina (owned by Christina Lee, website)
- Spank My Bottom (owned by Elizabeth Simpson)
- Spanked Cheeks
- Spanking England (Reviews U.K. sites and new videos)
- Spanking for Pleasure (originally Raincoat Productions, founded in 1983)
- Spanking Online
- Spanking Sarah (website)
- SIT Spanking, aka Sting in the Tail (website)
- Strictly English (founded in 1995)
- Tallion (also distributed by Spanking For Pleasure and California Star)
- Top Marks (Harrison Marks)
- Triple A Spanking (now owned by Sarah Gregory Spanking)
- Well Smacked Seat
- Xerotics - manager/distributor for numerous U.K. sites including BritSpank.com, CanedSchoolGirls.com, StrictSpanking.com, OTKSpank.com, www.TheBareBottom.com, NaughtyBottom.com, Spanked Schoolgirl, Fetish Flixx, Divine Cats, GirlsBottom.com, SpankingMags, StrictSpanking, SpankingArchives.com, SpankingTunes.com, SlutSpanking, and HDSpank.
ATVOD censorship of spanking/BDSM websites
Founded in 2010, the Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD), is a non-governmental agency created to regulate "On-Demand Programme Services" (ODPS) from all websites based in the UK. Specifically, the ATVOD was set up to establish strict guidelines for adult content distributed online via streaming and other downloading services. These regulations apply the existing BBFC guidelines (controlling what can and can't be sold on DVD) to the world of online porn. This means that all adult videos sold via VoD service must meet the rating requirements for a BBFC R18 certificate. Sanctions against companies that fail to comply with ATVOD regulations include fines, suspension of service, and even criminal prosecution.
There has been much controversy and protest from adult content providers over the ATVOD's process of selecting websites for enforcement. In December 2014, new laws went into effect targeting fetish-related content (BDSM, spanking, femdom, etc). Depictions of spanking and flogging that leaves marks ("Sadomasochistic material which goes beyond trifling and transient infliction of injury"), enemas, insertion of objects such as butt plugs, age-play, BDSM pain-play (classified as "torture with instruments") and full bondage with gags and all four limbs restrained, are now banned in UK porn.
Full bondage and gagging is only acceptable if there is a safe signal (safeword) which is defined as part of the scene. Acts of corporal punishment which, if copied by the uninitiated, have the potential to cause injuries beyond what is "transient and trifling" are banned. Moderate discipline showing the reddening of the skin is acceptable, but not raised welts, blood, or bruising. Wrestling is acceptable only if knockout moves are not deployed. Facesitting and seemingly non-gentle scissoring are not acceptable.
Backlash and protest
One response was the creation of Backlash an umbrella organization providing academic, legal and campaigning resources defending freedom of sexual expression.
Beginning with Adele's Sponsored Caning (Adele Haze), video producer Dreams of Spanking has created a series of ten free M/F, F/F and femdom protest videos sponsored by Backlash. These depict severe, welt-inducing canings (25 to 50 strokes) in defiance of the "transient and trifling" content rule. Company owner Pandora Blake also participated by enduring 50 cane strokes in Pandora's Sponsored Caning. The entire series is available for free viewing and downloading at the company website.
- Review of Section 58 of the Children Act 2004. Department for Children, Schools and Families, October 2007.
- SpankNet.co.uk - Spanking Personal Ads and Contacts (Spanking Dating Site)