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Sometimes protesters wear scowls ­ a clear expression of anger against an unjust system. Sometimes, though, they wear defiant grins – as Adele Haze does in her sponsored caning.

Free spanking video: Adele Haze takes a hard caning from Nimue Allen - Dreams of Spanking

Nimue Allen wields the cane, and in between strokes Adele flashes cheeky smiles at the camera, and occasionally asks for some even harder strokes. She curls her toes with each crack of the cane, and by the end her gorgeous bare bottom is covered in neat red welts.

This scene is the final in our series of sponsored canings, and Adele clearly wants to make the most of it – insisting that the caning be more than 'transient and trifling', as a real act of resistance against the UK porn censors.

Free spanking video: Adele Haze takes a hard caning from Nimue Allen - Dreams of Spanking

Free spanking video: Adele Haze takes a hard caning from Nimue Allen - Dreams of Spanking

Our sponsored caning climax

In case you've missed it, here's a quick recap: in December new rules came into force that meant that many porn websites (including Dreams of Spanking) would be scrutinised by ATVOD – the Association for TV On Demand. This organisation – not democratically accountable, by the way -­ objects to a whole host of sexual things, from facesitting and squirting through to pain play that leaves any marks beyond 'transient and trifling'. Hence Adele's request.

ATVOD has already made its move on Dreams of Spanking, and as a result the site is under threat of censorship so irrational and strict that it would potentially force Pandora to shut the site down. In response, she and Nimue Allen set up a kickstarter with the aim of raising money to mount a legal challenge against the new regulations. The idea was simple: they'd take one hard cane stroke for each £10 donated, and release the resulting films for free online. They anticipated a maximum of £1000... but they got so much more.

The final total of over £3,800 meant they had to recruit more bottoms to take the extra cane strokes, with the result that there are now ten free caning videos online, each starring a different brave volunteer.

Let's take a trip down the sponsored caning memory lane...

Free spanking video: Adele Haze takes a hard caning from Nimue Allen - Dreams of Spanking

Free spanking video: Adele Haze takes a hard caning from Nimue Allen - Dreams of Spanking

It's a fitting climax – Adele's combination of seditious glee, rage against the 'ridiculous nonsense' of the new porn rules, and eagerness to take harder strokes on the bare bottom – all of these sum up perfectly what our sponsored caning fundraiser is all about.

Free spanking video: Adele Haze takes a hard caning from Nimue Allen - Dreams of Spanking

Free spanking video: Adele Haze takes a hard caning from Nimue Allen - Dreams of Spanking

Adele explains that she tumbled onto the spanking scene as soon as she discovered it existed – in the late 90s, when internet groups started taking off. Initially focused on bottoming, she now mostly plays as a top, as well as doing and other work as a fetish performer. This free caning film marks her first time bottoming in well over a year, a mark of how important it was for to her to join in with the UK porn protests:

“I'm not personally affected because I don't make my own material.... although pretty much any work I've done that's on the stricter side would fail the ATVOD test,” she explains. But this sounds, Adele says, like corporate censorship – by cutting off the ability to make a living from kinky porn, you're essentially trying to wipe it out. She highlights the fact that ATVOD's jurisdiction only falls upon studios that they deem to be suitably 'TV-like' – which often comes down to production decisions such as including opening and closing credits, scripts and music. “So if I did want to start a studio, the only way to go around the criteria that you are TV­-like is to make really terrible porn.”

Free spanking video: Adele Haze takes a hard caning from Nimue Allen - Dreams of Spanking

Please go and watch all of the sponsored caning videos – every single one is available for free on Dreams of Spanking, and licensed under Creative Commons (so share them around if you can!). In protest against porn censorship, a lot of people were willing to put their bottoms on the line and make unique, personal, caning scenes that reflect their own frustrations about porn censorship.

From Adele's seditious smile to the curl of her toes as she accepts a hard cane stroke, from the bright red marks on her bottom to the gasp of breath when she takes stroke thirty ­eight, this caning film is the perfect finale to the sponsored caning series. Three hundred and eighty ­three cane strokes in total, and each and every one sends a clear message to ATVOD: We might get beaten, but you'll never beat us.

5 reasons to get caned on camera -€“ and they're probably not what you think

Michelle Knight is a bondage fan and activist against porn censorship. Despite not being a fan of corporal punishment, she volunteered to take fifty hard cane strokes in protest against ATVOD. Why? Well, as Michelle explains:

“I'm doing this not for my own pleasure, but to help raise the money to take them to court.”

Bravely, Michelle bends over the sofa and calmly takes every single stroke – her first caning on camera. Her reasons for doing so are more complicated than you might think, and her pre-shoot interview gives some fascinating background on the history of UK porn censorship, as well as her personal reasons for taking on this challenge.

Porn activist Michelle Knight bends over to receive her first ever hard caning at Dreams of Spanking

Reason 1: Show the truth, not the fiction

“There's a lot of fiction out there,” explains Michelle. She's spent the last twenty years educating people on issues to do with sexuality – running bondage website RealBondage.co.uk and writing books, as well as taking part in support groups for trans people. “There's a lot of fiction out there, and people are making decisions based on that.”

Her website and books are aimed telling the truth about bondage for people who are curious. Michelle explains that, when not given the right information, people are reliant on a fiction about BDSM and sexuality that encourages them to 'panic, panic, panic!'

What better way to challenge that fiction than by showing a real-life caning scene, complete with discussion, negotiation, and occasional breaks for tea and banana cake?

Porn activist Michelle Knight bends over to receive her first ever hard caning at Dreams of Spanking

Reason 2: It's not the first time

Protesting the UK porn laws is not new to Michelle, who confesses that “ever since 2008 I've been a thorn in the side of the CPS, Home Office, Lords, my MP – oh boy!”

The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act in 2008 (often referred to as the 'Extreme Porn Law') sought to ban 'extreme' porn, and as you might have guessed, the word 'extreme' includes plenty of bondage, spanking, other forms of BDSM – things which kinksters engage in safely and consensually all the time.

The latest furore, with ATVOD, could see sites like Dreams of Spanking under the jurisdiction of a censor which hates any but the most gentle form of spanking. But it's certainly not the first - just the latest in a long line of attacks on kinky porn.

Porn activist Michelle Knight bends over to receive her first ever hard caning at Dreams of Spanking

Reason 3: They haven't done the proper research

That 'Extreme Porn Law' – in 2008 – was subject to a rapid impact assessment before being passed. The key word here is 'rapid' - as Michelle explains, the organisation responsible for reviewing it mentioned that it did not have enough time to do a proper job.

This is a criticism that comes up frequently when looking at how the government makes changes which impact pornography and sexuality – lack of consultation with people whose lives will be affected by changes means that those making decisions rarely – if ever - get the full picture.

Reason 4: It's undemocratic

These are not policies which have been put forward in manifestos, or offered publicly for debate. In the case of the 'Extreme Porn Law', it was buried in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act, which tackled a whole range of other topics completely unrelated to porn.

The recent changes are no different – they are primarily being made by ATVOD and the BBFC: statutory bodies which hold no direct democratic accountability.

Michelle explains: “They are operating as a law unto themselves – they are not fit as a body. They're making it up as they go along.” She adds that, from the government's point of view, this is almost certainly not an accident: “They don't want discussion on this. They want to oppress us. That's one of the major things I'm against.”

Porn activist Michelle Knight bends over to receive her first ever hard caning at Dreams of Spanking

Reason 5: This is the only way to do this

There are lots of ways you can protest against democratic changes – you can stand in the street with a placard, or write to your MP. And while these things may help raise awareness of the changes, ultimately Michelle believes that the solution is more drastic:

“It looks like the only way we're going to be able to do this is to drag them through the courts.”

Porn activist Michelle Knight bends over to receive her first ever hard caning at Dreams of Spanking

So help us make Michelle's extraordinary act of protest worthwhile - support your local pornographers, buy a membership, donate to Backlash, and help us save our freedom of sexual expression.

Rosie bends over to protest porn censorship

Well, after lying low for a bit to recover from the shock of being investigated by ATVOD, I've realised I may only have a short amount of time to publish the content I care about, and I've got stuck back into editing with a vengeance. In the last couple of weeks we've not only released a new members film and spanking photo gallery, but two new editions of our sponsored caning project. With £3836 to cover at a rate of one cane stroke per £10, that's a lot of caning - and we split the 383 strokes between ten volunteers (plus some firm hand spanking to cover the extra six quid). So I hope you aren't tired of these free caning videos yet - because with six now published, we still have four to go!

Rosie Bottomley is the girlfriend of Nimue Allen, and she's a caning enthusiast, spanking model and erotic fiction writer. She was the first person after Nimue and me to volunteer her bottom for the cause - and the resulting video, shot and edited by Nimue, is a delightful portrait of their affectionate, playful relationship.

The tone is set at the start of Rosie's interview, when she mischievously explains, "What we are doing today is hitting me on the bottom - with a stick - fifty times." She is totally charming, and also bang on point as she expresses her frustration with the UK porn laws -  if an act is legal to do it shouldn't be illegal to depict, and putting a camera in the room and sharing it online shouldn't criminalise an act which would otherwise be legal. 

The thing these laws fail to recognise is that in the social media age, sharing online is an increasingly common part of a kinky lifestyle. These regulations don't just affect big corporate studios, but anyone making and sharing homegrown fetish videos in the UK. The internet finally offers a solution to the isolation that all kinky people growing up and thinking they are the only person on the planet with their fetish. Suddenly, for the first time in history, we can connect with each other online - we can realise we aren't alone, and looking at media created and shared by likeminded kinsters can validate and reassure those with marginalised sexualities, whom society all too often stigmatises as freakish, predatory or dangerous. Unfortunately, this move towards collective self-acceptance is, it seems, exactly what ATVOD wants to stop. The UK porn censors want us to feel like freaks. They don't think we deserve to feel validated, or fulfilled, or happy - they don't think we deserve to feel as if there was nothing wrong with us, because they think there is something wrong with us. These laws are born out of outright kinkphobia, stigmatising perfectly common and harmless sexual fetishes. We can't help being kinky - and criminalising the sexual expression and social sharing of kinky individuals is just as socially harmful as if a law had been passed criminalising videos depicting gay sex.

In fact, queer sexuality is targeted by these laws as well - which ban the depiction of fisting and other non-phallic sexual acts, such as penetration with objects if they are "associated with violence" (what does that even mean?) - and female sexuality. One of the most egregious chauvinist double standards in the new laws is that female ejaculation is banned if the fluid falls onto another person or is licked up or swallowed - whereas the equivalent acts of male ejaculation are permitted. The laws marginalise kinky, queer and female sexuality which are not only pretty common, but in the case of female ejaculation a natural, unavoidable response to sexual pleasure. Heaven forbid that porn should depict women enjoying sex!

Rosie rightly points out that there is absolutely no harm in watching this sort of porn, making it, or sharing it with likeminded consenting adults - but there is huge social harm in demonising people who do so.

If you're nodding along to all of this and feeling righteously indignant, then do watch Rosie's sponsored caning video, which was part of our fundraiser to raise cash for Backlash UK, the campaign group committed to fighting these draconian laws. She's not only articulate and fierce in her explanation of why the laws are so damaging, but - as if to prove the censors wrong in no uncertain terms - the caning itself is utterly lovely. Rosie and Nimue have a beautifully relaxed dynamic, and Rosie's cheerful wit turns into hilarious noises and giggles as the pain starts to sink in.

These 50 strokes are no joke - the first one made my eyes water, and dark pink and red welts quickly bloom on Rosie's pale skin. But if there was any doubt that this sort of play can be done in a fun, healthy and harmless way as part of a loving, supportive relationship, Rosie and Nimue prove it.

Rosie has also sent me a few of her spanking erotica stories, and I'm hoping to record them and publish them on Dreams of Spanking as audio stories - if we get a chance to do so before the censors close us down.

Real life couple caning - D and Pandora

If you've been following this site for a while, you might have noticed something missing. Although the archive is crammed with hot spanking videos, and many of them show me playing with real life partners and lovers (particularly my top of ten years, Thomas), one person has been conspicuous by their absence: my long-term boyfriend and dominant, D.

Real life couple D and Pandora indulge in erotic spanking at Dreams of Spanking Real life couple D and Pandora indulge in erotic spanking at Dreams of Spanking

D and I have created plenty of photosets together, but he's never topped me on video. As a dominant he is relaxed and spontaneous, and the idea of following a script, playing a character and pretending to scold and punish me isn't really him. He's an exhibitionist, but unlike me, he doesn't enjoy performing.

It's a point of principle for me as a director not to pressure anyone to do anything they aren't comfortable with. So we've always stayed within D's comfort zone, shooting occasional photosets that didn't make him feel like he was acting. Until now.

Now, there is a spanking video starring me and D on Dreams of Spanking - and with a 50 stroke cold caning, he certainly knows how to make an entrance.

50 cold cane strokes for Pandora Blake from her real life partner D

When I set up my fundraising campaign to raise money to help non-profit organisation Backlash challenge the new UK porn laws, D was behind me every step of the way. Our shared political values are one of the fundamentals of our relationship, and we've both always been active in politics in different ways. When I told him I needed someone to beat me on video to fight internet censorship, he was happy to step forward - no acting necessary.

This was the longest, hardest caning D has ever given me. Dishing out fifty hard cane strokes on film purely for the sake of it was never going to be his cup of tea - but as an act of political protest? Sure.

50 cold cane strokes for Pandora Blake from her real life partner D

Speaking of cups of tea, one of my favourite moments in this free caning film is jjust before stroke sixteen, when I insist on pausing the caning so I can finish my half-drunk cuppa. It turns out that taking fifteen hard cane strokes on the bare bottom is the perfect way to pass the time while you wait for your tea to cool to the ideal drinking temperature. What better pick-me-up to boost my spirits for the remaining strokes? This is a protest film about the new UK porn laws, after all - and I don't think there's any combination more British than tea and caning.

50 cold cane strokes for Pandora Blake from her real life partner D

I love the playfulness and affection between D and me in this video. We were both being ourselves, no roleplay, no characters, and watching it back the dynamic feels very true to our relationship. He doesn't usually watch my spanking videos, but he watched this one and chuckled his way through it at our banter and in-jokes. "It feels very us," he told me. "We're adorkable."

50 cold cane strokes for Pandora Blake from her real life partner D

If you've ever looked at my steamy photosets with D and felt curious about our relationship, and wanted to meet the man behind the pictures, watch this film. It's about as honest a portrait of the two of us as you can get.

Apart from the caning, of course. That bit's completely out of character.

50 cold cane strokes for Pandora Blake from her real life partner D

Determination, dedication, and fifty hard cane strokes

This is going to sound like the understatement of the decade, but bear with me: things are really hard for independent pornographers in the UK right now.

For a long time they've had to deal with the government's excessive moralising about porn, and the onerous irrational restrictions around content imposed by payment processors. On top of that, they now have to tackle ATVOD (the Association for TV On Demand), which has decided that internet porn should be subject to the same rules as DVD porn: no more 'extreme' BDSM. No more fisting, squirting, caning or piss.

But there's strength in fighting back, and in the process of working with amazing people like Pandora, I've seen so much determination in the face of a truly exhausting and excruciating process. Pornographers like Pandora, and Nimue Allen, have had to very quickly work out what to do about the ATVOD fiasco. They essentially have two options: shut down their businesses and stop doing what they love, or fight.

They chose the latter.

Our latest free caning video sums up all the strength and determination encompassed in that fight. Nimue Allen - porn producer, performer, and fan of so many of the acts that will be banned in porn if ATVOD get their way - takes an intensely hard fifty stroke caning from her play partner The Boss.

Nimue Allen bends over for 50 hard cane strokes in this free caning video

The raw energy in this scene comes straight from Nimue's attitude – her stoic determination to take the caning no matter what. In the pre-scene interview, she speaks with eloquent passion about the UK porn laws, explaining exactly why the law is an ass. Nimue loves making the porn that she makes – with Pandora at Dreams of Spanking and at her own site Nimue's World. And she doesn't intend to give it up without a fight.

Nimue Allen bends over for 50 hard cane strokes in this free caning video

Nimue's taken some serious canings at Dreams of Spanking before; most recently the gorgeous The Cane in the Cupboard with Molly Malone as her strict probation officer. But this one's a bit different – in this Nimue isn't playing a character, taking a caning purely for the arousal and enjoyment, she's taking a hard caning as an act of protest. As she says in the video, it's a 'fuck you' to ATVOD. A demonstration of her passion for her work.

Bent over the sofa for the cane, first in black lace and then stripped naked, she breathes deeply to calm herself before each hard stroke. Watching each red stripe bloom on her bottom, it's a clear reminder of the joy and hotness that she is fighting for. And for a caning fan, it's an impassioned reminder of what we'll be missing out on unless these laws are repealed: the chance to watch people we love doing things they love, and sharing in those moments of raw, authentic play.

Nimue Allen bends over for 50 hard cane strokes in this free caning video

So please join Nimue on the sofa for this intimate, hard caning. And please do support the fight by sharing this video, and paying for the porn that ATVOD is trying to ban.

Nimue Allen bends over for 50 hard cane strokes in this free caning video

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