Here is a text you already can guess from the title. It is a compilation of movies made for those that like spanking movies. There are over 700 entries that are consisted of all those quite essential things like: victim's state of dress (although more and more male to male spanking is introduced), number of swats, implement of punishment, presence of witnesses, and whether or not the victim was held over the knee (For example, the entry for The Greatest Show on Earth is followed by the notations: "gorilla,?:paw, OTK, W," from which we can conclude that in a definite moment in movie a gorilla, in front of witnesses, spanks a person over the knee).
Now, just for laughs, think about the CF short story, "The Lost Episode of Lost in Space," in which Penny and Judy are spanked by the robot? If you just laugh, you are missing one question – if spanking just has it's place in erotic stories, or it can have a deeper role.
Steve Richardson, editor, publisher and founder of CF Publications, thinks that it isn't only welcome in movies and stories. In fact, he believes that somewhere between a third and two thirds of population actually enjoy spanking.
For his statement, he turns our attention to plenty of different sources, movies, stories, but also advice columns, or even religious papers that talk about spanking children.
"My own bibliography [of novels with spanking scenes] has grown to three or four-hundred in the last ten years and I tend not to believe that they wrote them all for me."
Naturally, you can say that just the inclusion of spanking makes a work erotic one. Or at least that most readers will take it as such. However, many writers return to this theme, and also, it is a quite customary theme in plenty of romantic novels.
Scenes like the following, from Elizabeth Graham's New Man at Cedar Hills, are not atypical.
...he sat down and bent her over his knees.
"Don't you dare...," she squealed.
The pain of his well-aimed slaps was nothing compared to the injury to her dignity as she struggled impotently against the steel band of his arm holding her across his knees. When at last he released her and stood her on her feet, the tears sparkling in her eyes were composed of molten fury.
Yes, the tabloids put it in one perspective – it has to be shocking, the rest of the meaning is not that important. Just the shock. In Dear Dotti, for example, spanking is answer to pretty much any kid trouble. Whatever they do, just throw them over one knee.
It is quite obvious that someone of influence considers this market to have certain value. However, the question is, why it pulls so many different groups of people, with completely different ideas and different reading materials (which both include spanking, maybe in a different form, but it's still there).
Helen Weitzenkorn, past president of Massachusetts NOW, considers this a way to dominate women, to humiliate them, something that makes male domination easier to hold. That can be difficult to dispute, particularly if one is trying to explain a movie like John Wayne's McClintock! This movie, by modern standards, does reflect more of a male domination fantasy than anything else. The ending itself puts the lead female in spanked position, and makes the point of the whole movie...
In real life, you don't want to defend movies like this. Not many people will consider them really appropriate. However, they are a source of fantasy, and not of reality. And as long as it remains fantasy, it is all right.
Besides, let's be realistic, with so many crime novels and violent video games, we should have more murders than we have citizens... But it just doesn't work this way. As long as fantasy remains fantasy, all is well.
In Freud's learnings, spanking is considered an SM element that is only a form of libido displacement, not much more.
However, another psychologist from that same era, Havelock Ellis, who unlike Freud didn't explain everything sexually, but actually wrote about the psychology of sex, explained that spanking is our return to our animal nature, where foreplay is actually a kind of fight.
By the sixties, new explorations were made, and new, sounder theories. Big names like Pavlov, Watson and Skinner were involved in this by then taboo side of psychology.
However, unlike medicine, psychology didn't have to be exact in it's findings. Plenty of theories could be easily received well, without a real, consecutive proof.
Seventies, eighties, nineties didn't really make much move in this area of psychology. Just a few serious articles were made, and huge, serious researches were missing.
Science has failed to explain this, but number of novels have been written on this subject, like: Robert Coover's Spanking the Maid, Joyce MacIver's The Exquisite Thing, and a number of titles by Ann Rice (written under various pseudonyms). Science failed, maybe artist thinking will manage to explain it.
Naturally, it must be noted that this work wasn't made with the idea to explain and completely resolve the phenomenon, but to be interesting to the reader and to have titillating effect. It touches the true nature of spanking through the writer's view of it, and through the view it will interest the reader most if written in this way.