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This is an absolutely wonderful piece on creative writing and cultural freedom by Laurie Penny.

It touches on several themes I strongly believe in, the importance of exercising one’s own imagination, and conjuring up your own worlds. That the aim of an author should not be to pontificate, but to inspire, and create a magic garden for their readers’ minds to play in.

Like many Tumblr writers, Laurie also started by writing fan-fiction. Unfairly maligned by those who seek to privatise culture, fanfic is the on-ramp for the novelists and screenwriters of tomorrow. A medium that provides opportunities to weave new stories in with familiar characters and ready-made settings.

I loved her observation that the “history of communications technology [has] always been a history of
bloody squabbles over who was allowed to write and read the official
story of human destiny and human desire.”

Do not cede your right to tell your own stories. Resist those who say culture should be a set menu from which you have to choose, however bland and unappetising the choices may be.

I strongly believe that creativity should be inclusive. Art needs its fans, its audience, its remixers and believers. And now, as we move from the era of two hour movies to episodic story-telling, there will be ever greater potential to create new worlds, and opportunities to populate with them with myriad new tales. Tales that can appeal to every minority…

… tales you don’t have to ask for permission to tell.

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

A Price on Everything

The brilliant Oscar Wilde once wrote that a cynic was “… a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.“

If he could see our modern world, he would think we live in a very cynical age.

If we try to put a price on everything, we destroy the whimsical and sentimental cultural pleasures that enrich us all.

Tumblr faces this existential dilemma, and is currently trying to monetise its community of users. Millions who exchange what they enjoy for free, because sharing is the very essence of a shared culture.

I give away my work, because I consider conjuring an intimate image in a
faraway stranger’s imagination a tremendous privilege. One I value far
more than any coins you could place in my palm.

Like many content creators (and we are few), I write for the thrill of story-telling.

Were I to keep my stories to myself, I’d be like a library
without an entrance. My stories remaining locked away within my mind.
Slowly fading, until they’re gone forever.

Yet,
what an age of wonder we inhabit. One where our words can effortlessly
travel across our planet, falling into the eyes of myriad readers,
conjuring into being unique new worlds in each receptive imagination, as
if by magic. That capability alone is extraordinary enough. So I
give away my work because participating in this sorcery is its own
reward.

And, I
write of intimate things. Shadow themes most of us would prefer to keep
private. By not demanding payment, readers are free to explore my
worlds in privacy, without announcing their most personal inclinations
to the internet’s sinister monetisation engines.

So consider what I write my gift. From my imagination, to yours.

But with the future of kinky blogs on Tumblr now uncertain, and long-standing cherished spanking blogs sadly fading away, I believe the value of a sharing culture is more important than ever. And one worth celebrating.

You might not appreciate it until it’s gone for good.

The Young Girls’ Handbook of Good Manners

I’m now halfway through my translation of Pierre Louys’ classic erotic text, making this a good time to look back on what’s been posted so far. A chance to enjoy not just some great ribald jokes, but also some beautiful accompanying paintings from some wonderful fin de siècle artists…

more to come…

The Young Girls’ Handbook of Good Manners

I’m now halfway through my translation of Pierre Louys’ classic erotic text, making this a good time to look back on what’s been posted so far. A chance to enjoy not just some great ribald jokes, but also some beautiful accompanying paintings from some wonderful fin de siècle artists…

more to come…

A spanking map

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What are spankings like where you live?

And how did you come to be interested in spanking?

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A spanking map

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What are spankings like where you live?

And how did you come to be interested in spanking?

Read More

Spanking, all over the world

This map shows where readers of this blog reside and, like a well-spanked bottom, it’s pink all over.

Many never talk openly about their kinks and fantasies. Some might even be rather ashamed of their desires, considering them somehow weird and perverted. Yet, as this map shows, an interest in spanking isn’t weird at all – in fact, if anything, it’s a global phenomenon.

The darker shades of pink show where most visitors originate, these are areas like the UK and large populous states of the US, like New York, California and Texas. Many readers also come from Canada and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

But that doesn’t mean spanking is a purely Anglo-Saxon kink, there are also many visitors from all over Europe, especially Germany, France, Italy and Russia. And intriguingly, there are also many visitors from regions where English isn’t the primary language, like South America, Arabia and south-east Asia.

In fact, the only blank spaces on the map are areas of sub-Saharan Africa, plus Cuba, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. And North Korea.

This tells me two things. One – that English really is the lingua franca of the web, and two –  an interest in spanking is common to all cultures. If a country has a free-as-in-speech internet connection, someone in that country is going to use it to read stories about spanking…

Yet I’ve often wondered how spankings vary across different cultures.

Online, the western view of spanking is pervasive. It is a vocabulary of school uniforms and canes, bedrooms and hairbrushes, whips and cuffs in a bedroom, or across a knee in a suburban living room. This is a view of spanking pioneered by British fetish magazines 40 years ago, and continued by producers of spanking videos (primarily in western Europe and the US), who know what their viewers want and respond accordingly.

But spanking stories and films from other parts of the world have shown there’s more to a smacked bottom than the familiar tropes. Czech company RGE Films, for instance, channels their country’s still-recent memory of authoritarian communism to produce quite unique spanking stories. Whilst on the other side of the world Hand Spanking depicts distinctively Japanese disciplinary tales.

But what about the rest of the world? What stories would a South American tell? Or someone from the Middle East? Surely amongst the two billion people in India and China there are some fascinating spanking tales to tell.

For years now, I’ve been telling you tales from my own imagination, some inspired by episodes of my own experiences – but why should this remain a one-way medium? After all, unlike the printed word and the moving picture, blogs have the potential to be interactive. So, to mark the new year, I’m going to initiate the #worldofspanking project, and invite you to share the memories of your formative spanking experiences…

How did you come to be interested in spanking?

Perhaps it’s the first spanking you watched, or the first you gave or received? Perhaps it was a time when you experienced extraordinary sensations or emotions. Or something about the circumstances that made it so special.

What I hope to learn is how the cultures we grow up in affect our intimate fantasies. What really goes on behind the bedroom doors of faraway places? How do the experiences of those living in liberal countries compare to those where the attitude to sexuality is more conservative? What implements are used? And what aspects of your own culture and recent history have seeped into your fantasies?

I’d love to know what role have stories played, the books and fairytales in your native tongue. Or was your interest first inspired by films or what you’ve seen online?

There is a delicious irony in eroticism: intimacy is about being truly known, naked and exposed, and yet we can be at our most honest when sending little messages-in-bottles to faraway strangers. Ultimately I’d love to get at least one for every country on the planet. I’ll continue to curate submissions, posting the best of what you send. I do hope you’ll take part.

To submit a contribution, you can either:

  • Use the submission form – to remain anonymous, log out of tumblr and use a dummy name and email address in the form.

  • Or, you can just email spankingtheatre@gmail.com

All submissions will be anonymous, and you can write whatever you desire, just mention which country you live in.

So, here’s a few ideas to get you thinking. Why not…

  • Describe your most memorable spanking experience.
  • Describe how you came to be interested in spanking.
  • Explain how does spanking in your culture differs from how you’ve seen it portrayed in film and online.
  • Or, how your culture influences your spanking fantasies.

I, and the many thousands who read this blog, look forward to learning your stories.

Spanking, all over the world

This map shows where readers of this blog reside and, like a well-spanked bottom, it’s pink all over.

Many never talk openly about their kinks and fantasies. Some might even be rather ashamed of their desires, considering them somehow weird and perverted. Yet, as this map shows, an interest in spanking isn’t weird at all – in fact, if anything, it’s a global phenomenon.

The darker shades of pink show where most visitors originate, these are areas like the UK and large populous states of the US, like New York, California and Texas. Many readers also come from Canada and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

But that doesn’t mean spanking is a purely Anglo-Saxon kink, there are also many visitors from all over Europe, especially Germany, France, Italy and Russia. And intriguingly, there are also many visitors from regions where English isn’t the primary language, like South America, Arabia and south-east Asia.

In fact, the only blank spaces on the map are areas of sub-Saharan Africa, plus Cuba, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. And North Korea.

This tells me two things. One – that English really is the lingua franca of the web, and two –  an interest in spanking is common to all cultures. If a country has a free-as-in-speech internet connection, someone in that country is going to use it to read stories about spanking…

Yet I’ve often wondered how spankings vary across different cultures.

Online, the western view of spanking is pervasive. It is a vocabulary of school uniforms and canes, bedrooms and hairbrushes, whips and cuffs in a bedroom, or across a knee in a suburban living room. This is a view of spanking pioneered by British fetish magazines 40 years ago, and continued by producers of spanking videos (primarily in western Europe and the US), who know what their viewers want and respond accordingly.

But spanking stories and films from other parts of the world have shown there’s more to a smacked bottom than the familiar tropes. Czech company RGE Films, for instance, channels their country’s still-recent memory of authoritarian communism to produce quite unique spanking stories. Whilst on the other side of the world Hand Spanking depicts distinctively Japanese disciplinary tales.

But what about the rest of the world? What stories would a South American tell? Or someone from the Middle East? Surely amongst the two billion people in India and China there are some fascinating spanking tales to tell.

For years now, I’ve been telling you tales from my own imagination, some inspired by episodes of my own experiences – but why should this remain a one-way medium? After all, unlike the printed word and the moving picture, blogs have the potential to be interactive. So, to mark the new year, I’m going to initiate the #worldofspanking project, and invite you to share the memories of your formative spanking experiences…

How did you come to be interested in spanking?

Perhaps it’s the first spanking you watched, or the first you gave or received? Perhaps it was a time when you experienced extraordinary sensations or emotions. Or something about the circumstances that made it so special.

What I hope to learn is how the cultures we grow up in affect our intimate fantasies. What really goes on behind the bedroom doors of faraway places? How do the experiences of those living in liberal countries compare to those where the attitude to sexuality is more conservative? What implements are used? And what aspects of your own culture and recent history have seeped into your fantasies?

I’d love to know what role have stories played, the books and fairytales in your native tongue. Or was your interest first inspired by films or what you’ve seen online?

There is a delicious irony in eroticism: intimacy is about being truly known, naked and exposed, and yet we can be at our most honest when sending little messages-in-bottles to faraway strangers. Ultimately I’d love to get at least one for every country on the planet. I’ll continue to curate submissions, posting the best of what you send. I do hope you’ll take part.

To submit a contribution, you can either:

  • Use the submission form – to remain anonymous, log out of tumblr and use a dummy name and email address in the form.

  • Or, you can just email spankingtheatre@gmail.com

All submissions will be anonymous, and you can write whatever you desire, just mention which country you live in.

So, here’s a few ideas to get you thinking. Why not…

  • Describe your most memorable spanking experience.
  • Describe how you came to be interested in spanking.
  • Explain how does spanking in your culture differs from how you’ve seen it portrayed in film and online.
  • Or, how your culture influences your spanking fantasies.

I, and the many thousands who read this blog, look forward to learning your stories.

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