There's something utterly delicious about letting yourself go. I am always in awe of porn performers who can stay in character in the face of some intensely hot beatings. In fact I'd love to know more about how different performers prepare for a scene – how do you get in the right headspace for performing? Are there certain elements (like costume, dialogue rehearsal, a cup of tea with their co-performers) that each actor prefers before they start performing? Perhaps a topic I can tempt some of the Dreams of Spanking cast into exploring in another post...
I know that Pandora makes sure all our performers have the opportunity to shape the scenes they're in and control what happens on camera – the spanking, scenario and interaction. As well as being a crucial element in ethically produced porn, I suspect this also makes it easier to fully immerse yourself in a scene.
This approach is also a large part, for me, of what makes a porn video enjoyable to watch: seeing genuine pleasure as the participants let themselves get caught in the moment, relishing an erotic spanking that perfectly fits their own desires and kinks.
Our latest F/M film comes from just such a performer contribution, and as a result the video is a really candid depiction of the desires of the spankee. Ron Beastly – trans porn performer, gorgeous bear cub, and owner of more than his fair share of excellent pants – had been shooting some more traditional punishment scenes in the morning, and over lunch he requested a change of pace: a simple spanking for pleasure.
During his interview, Ron talks about the kind of spanking that he likes best - a pleasure spanking in which he can really let go. You can see the full interview on Ron's previous scenes (his introductory photoset, a magical school spanking, and an over the knee spanking from his 'big brother' Seani Love), but this spanking video includes some snippets of the interview too, so you can watch Ron's explanation as well as the gorgeous fulfilment of his desires side-by-side in the same video.
Ron explains that spanking actually hurts more for him if he can't wiggle around and respond freely. If he's supposed to pretend that he doesn't enjoy it, he doesn't enjoy it, as he needs to move his body freely in order to process the pain.
I can see exactly where he's coming from, and I think that's part of the joy of well-tailored spanking play, or any kind of pain play: the same intensity of smack can induce very different sensations or emotions depending on your perception of the scene – what your motivations are, whether you move or cry out, and a number of other things. I'll certainly be more hurt by a smack that comes as a 'punishment' than a smack that comes as a 'treat', and I love being able to explore both different feelings at different times.
The spanking in this video falls firmly into the 'erotic spanking' category, with Ron moaning and writhing with pleasure at the feeling of Pandora's hands on his bum. She caresses and holds him firmly over her lap as well as giving him a long, thorough over the knee spanking that varies in intensity as he responds to every touch.
The gorgeous thing about this little scene is that it so simply captures Ron's genuine reactions - you can identify the moment that he really lets go, and I loved his gleeful grin of pleasure as he arches his back and pushes his bum up to meet Pandora's hand.
This video is a really good way to get to know not only Ron, but another dimension of masochism and kink. I love the intimacy of it – watching someone else let go, getting inside their head and understanding a bit more about how kink works for them.
For me personally, I often find it easier to get that same feeling – heading to that happy place that's the perfect balance between pleasure and pain - if I'm masked or restrained. Something about struggling against my bonds, but feeling helpless, helps me to process the pain, and feel the smacks as tingling pleasure. I'm also similar to Ron, I think, in my desire to cry out: I enjoy something more if I can be a bit vocal – whether that's erotic moaning or just sharp intakes of breath.
I suspect what helps someone to relax into a spanking is as individual as the kind of spanking they like in the first place, but I'm really curious – so I'd love to hear in the comments if there's something in particular that helps you reach this kind of happy place....
And, of course, please do go and visit Ron in his happy place!
Lots of giggling and silliness during the shooting of "The Other School". Includes yard bunnies, the chumble blanket, skirts blowing up in the wind, false starts, the logistics of shooting a five-person improvised scene with only two cameras, and Paul accidentally only giving Pandora five-of-the-best! (Don't worry, she kept count and made sure she got the sixth...)
I've just uploaded the behind the scenes and out-takes video for The Other School - six minutes of candid documentary footage from our ambitious four-schoolgirl caning video!
Parts of this are sexy, parts are silly, and parts are pure gold - like this accidentally up-skirt moment when the April breeze catches Maddy Marks' rather short school skirt and flips it up to reveal her knickers!
This was a really fun shoot - Maddy, Christy and Alex are all great fun to be around, and the three of them together are a recipe for cute business. It was also lovely to have Alex's boyfriends Paul Kennedy and Rafael Gamboa behind the camera, helped out by Christy's daddy ATP when Paul was performing. The connections and friendships on set made the whole thing feel very safe and relaxed. I love my porn family.
Alex has written a fantastic blogpost about shooting this film which you can read here, and which picks up on quite a few lovely moments which I'd managed to forget:
Obviously, this plan ends badly for Pandora and I, and in my nervousness as we wait to be caned I engage in a lot of excessive anxious hair twirling and the two of us whisper about our fears of what will happen to us next. We're then interrupted by the stern voice of Mr. Kennedy ordering us in.
We filmed this little bit in just a couple of minutes, but it had a strong effect on both Pandora and I. When it comes to school type scenes, we share a lot of the same kinks, and this moment really played into it for both of us. Apprehension, formality, sternness, the bond between those being punished together... all these things were spot on for both of us. I remember after we filmed this bit, Pandora turned to me and said "Well, that's most of my school kink summarized in two minutes".
Check out the scene page for lots more fun behind the scene moments!
From cleaning the bathroom wearing only your knickers to scrubbing the oven in sexy lingerie and heels – housework is far more fun when you're just wearing underwear. And it's certainly more interesting to watch.
Lola Marie does a spectacular job of tempting Pandora Blake in this week's spanking video – stripping down to a sexy black bra, thong and sexy high heels, and deliberately posing so she shows off her gorgeous bum.
I find it hard to work when my partner's around – there's a temptation to play, chat, and generally have more fun than I'd have on my own with a laptop. That's one of the reasons why I love this scene – Lola Marie and Pandora capture the flirtatious chemistry of a couple going about their domestic routine, and the ease with which normal household things can turn into something much more interesting.
Lola Marie gets a spanking, of course – who would be able to resist her cheeky grin and wiggling bottom when she's keen to play? And as ever I'm impressed at just how much hard spanking she can take, reacting with 'oohs' and giggles as Pandora thoroughly warms her beautiful bottom.
I love Lola Marie's insouciance – she's completely perfect in scenes where she's flirting or bratting her way into a spanking. There's something about her amazing sexy smile that says “I've just got exactly what I want.”
I'm especially impressed that, as a result of her provocative behaviour, Lola Marie manages to get Pandora to join in with the cleaning...
Behind the scenes during the filming of Teaching Experience, including Amelia's gratitude about being "paid to talk", Caroline removing her clothing tag with her teeth, Pandora's tea addiction getting the better of her, blocking (complete with exaggerated spanking actions!) and planning dialogue. Plus unused footage: "We are the scary, teacherly queens of discipline!"
Catching up on our behind the scenes updates, the out-takes video for Teaching Experience is now online. This is a shorter behind the scenes video, but packed full of entertaining moments - from Amelia's glee at being "paid to talk" to (my favourite) Caroline bending over to remove Amelia's clothing tag with her teeth.
Caroline Grey and Amelia Jane Rutherford are two of our most popular performers, and deservedly so - both experienced actors with stage and screen experience, genuine lifestyle spanking enthusiasts and lovely, lovely people. This candid "making of" video gives you the chance to get to know them - and Amelia's husband Hywel Phillips, behind the camera - a little better.
What do female ejaculation, full bondage with gags, face-sitting and spanking that leaves marks all have in common? They're all now banned in UK porn according to new laws that went into effect last week, the Audiovisial Media Services Regulations 2014.
These regulations apply the existing BBFC guidelines (controlling what can and can't be sold on DVD) to the world of online porn. In other words, an out-of-date set of restrictions to a medium few porn customers bother with anymore are, rather than being brought up to date, now being applied to the internet - the last bastion of freedom of expression for British porn.
The guidelines disproportionately affect acts of female dominance and female sexual pleasure, as well as banning all spanking and BDSM content that produces marks beyond those deemed "transient and trifling". This will affect every spanking site in the UK, and countless more British fetish and feminist porn sites besides.
Dreams of Spanking performer and independent Australian feminist porn director Zahra Stardust is writing her PhD on the legal regulation of pornography. She says, “Those of us who are making queer, feminist, and kinky porn are doing so as an act of civil disobedience, because we know from lived experience that the cost of censorship in our communities is too high. These laws actively produce a heterosexist, misogynist sexuality as ‘normal’, whilst pathologising and closeting practices that are actually life-affirming, consensual and meaningful."
These laws apply to publication, not possession. UK consumers can still legally still access porn produced and published overseas - for now (although expert obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman thinks this is the beginning of a sinister attempt to block foreign sites as well). Meanwhile hundreds of independent British porn producers are being criminalised, including every UK spanking site you can name. We, and many of our fellow fetish porn producers, stand to be closed down if we let this go unchallenged.
You can read more about exactly what's banned and how this will affect UK porn in my post Online porn: the canary in the coalmine, and I've also posted link round-ups tracking the international outcry against these new restrictions.
How does this affect us?
If Dreams of Spanking were to comply with these new regulations, we would have to take over half our scenes offline. Our future production would be heavily censored: we would never be able to film any spanking, caning, birching, belting or tawsing again - anything that resulted in welts or bruises. We would not be able to show any bondage with all four limbs bound as well as a gag. We would not be able to use any outdoor locations which someone might possibly have overlooked. Age play and school uniforms are problematic if there is any suggestion that the actor is playing a character under eighteen. Wrestling is problematic. And on and on.
Here are a select handful of scenes that we would have to delete if we chose to comply:
Drunk and Disorderly - Vincent's cane marks definitely go beyond "transient and trifling" in this judicial police caning scene.
Pandora's Belt Whipping Fantasy also fall foul of the new restrictions - never mind that the film explicitly shows my enthusiastic consent.
Our comic "hammer horror" parody Doctor of Pain features four-limb bondage with a gag - which according to the AVMS means that I, the director, was unable to signal my consent, despite the fact that a) I had written the scene, b) I could still waggle my fingers and bang my hands and feet, and c) I could in fact have spit the gag out and wriggled out of the rope if I'd wanted to - but I didn't.
The whipping Nimue orders her manservant to give her in My Lady's Pleasure is definitely banned - even though she is in control of the scene the whole time and telling him to go harder.
If these regulations are enforced, the only spanking scenes any UK producer will be able to make will be light hand spanking leading to a mild pinkness. No caning, no implements, no bruises, no welts.
Hywel Phillips, who runs UK glamour bondage site Restrained Elegance with his wife Ariel Anderssen (known to spanking fans as Amelia Jane Rutherford) thinks this sort of paternalistic censorship dismisses and denies the consent of porn performers. "The idea that the people who do this for pleasure, or for a living, cannot possibly know better than the father figure censor what is acceptable, what is safe practice, what they want to do and what they want to have done to them. This is called denying their agency- telling them that they cannot possibly know their own mind or make their own minds up."
Another potential casualty of these new regulations is free preview content. The censors want all adult content to be behind a paywall, so that children can't accidentally click through to it. If they start to take a close look at spanking sites, they will demand that we take down all our free video trailers and preview pictures that show spanking or nudity.
So what are we going to do?
First of all, we refuse to censor ourselves. Dreams of Spanking will continue doing business for as long as possible. We won't take half our archive offline pre-emptively, and we won't stop shooting the hot spanking scenes we want to - welts and all. If we are contacted by the censors with a demand to comply with the new regulations, we intend to challenge it.
We have always prioritised performer consent in our films, and you only have to take one look at our blog, performer interviews or behind the scenes videos to see that our films are made with love. All our cast members are genuine spanking enthusiasts, and our top priority on set is that everyone should be well looked after and have fun. We think it is ludicrous to ban depictions of consensual adult spanking, and we don't intend to go down without a fight.
However, we have taken legal advice and we're up for trying one or two things which might help our case. For instance, we've been advised that it might be a good idea to include performer consent in the spanking film itself, as well as in the surrounding contextual materials. So from now on, as well as publishing full-length out-take videos and performer interviews alongside each spanking film, we'll cut some edited highlights from the out-takes and interviews into the scene itself, so you'll get to see an introduction to our lovely performers before and after the in-character scene. Our latest two films, Provocative Housework and Curious Pleasures, are both examples of this new format.
This idea fits in to our existing ethos of being transparent and honest about where fantasy ends and reality begins, so we're happy to make this change if it will help viewers understand without a doubt that all our performers are consenting, kinky adults.
In refusing to self-censor, we aren't standing alone. A number of the Dreams of Spanking cast and crew have joined the outcry against these ridiculous new laws:
Is that it?
Far from it. This is only the beginning. These regulations are a worrying step on the path to total state censorship of the internet in the UK, and we need to work together to get them repealed - and prevent this harmful, worrying censorship of free expression from going any further.
Julian Huppert MP has tabled an early day motion requesting a debate on this issue - only two other MPs have signed it so far. The more MPs sign, the more likely this will be debated in the Commons. We think that if this issue is debated then we are likely to see change. The AVMS regulations were decided undemocratically by an unelected quango, and all the UK media coverage so far has been highly critical of the new law. We need to lobby our MPs to add their names to the motion in order to have a hope of getting this overturned.
So what can you do? Well, if you're resident in the UK, you can:
And if you aren't in the UK? Well, this will still affect you, as if British fetish porn producers are forced to comply with these regulations, you won't be able to watch our films any more.
You don't have to be in the UK to submit a complaint to ATVOD using their own complaints form. This form is intended to be used to complain about "inappropriate" TV content, which just makes re-appropriating it funnier. Let's spam them with complaints about their own regulations.
We at Dreams of Spanking believe that it is perfectly possible for adults to give informed consent to hard BDSM and spanking play, and to ethically create films depicting it. Our films are ethical, consensual, and an authentic expression of adult consensual kink. We refuse to be complicit in the state censorship of the porn we love, and we won't take anything down before we absolutely have to.
The only way we can keep on making the films you want to see is if we get these regulations overturned before we attract the notice of the censors. And we can't do it alone. Whether you are a Dreams of Spanking member or not, we need your help.
If you love kinky porn please share this blogpost, sign the petition, turn up to the protest, complain to ATVOD, write letters, talk to the press, and kick up as much of a fuss about this as possible. And please keep supporting your favourite porn sites by buying a membership - while you still can.
One of the things I find hottest – whether it's during a kink scene or sex itself – is distraction. Having to perform one task while someone else tries to distract you, or being the one doing the distraction. This can be something really simple, from cleaning the oven (as in last week's playfully sexy Provocative Housework) to reading out loud.
This week, the amazing duo Molly Malone and John Beecroft are back. With their trademark flirtatious chemistry, they act out a spanking scene that's based on a true story. Molly rents the village hall to host kinky workshops, although she hasn't told John, the hall manager, exactly what she's using it for.
Unfortunately, she accidentally leaves a bag behind - and when John looks inside, he finds a book entitled "Curious Pleasures" alongside a selection of even more cuious implements. Molly squirms as he quizzes her about her erotic spanking hobby, deliciously embarrassed at having to explain that her corporal punishment workshops are ... umm... "relationship counselling".
Molly looks like she wants to sink into the floor as John demands to know if her parents know what she's doing - or what if someone took photos? He tells her it's disgraceful to treat it as all fun and games - in his day, punishment was a serious matter, used for discipline. John gives her a choice: accept a real punishment from him, or he'll tell everyone her secret.
It's clear that John is simply itching to have a go with Molly's kinky toys - and as she realises that his motivations aren't as strict as he claims, Molly quickly accepts, and willingly bends over the sofa for a beating.
And this is where the distraction bit comes in: in between lashing her bare bottom with the flogger, John asks Molly to read out passages from the book he found in her bag. An old-fashioned text explaining how some people corrupt corporal punishment to use it for 'carnal purposes', it's perfect to be read aloud by a giggling, teasing Molly.
When John steps things up a notch, and picks up the strap for phase two of Molly's punishment, he insists that she keeps reading it as he beats her. I'll be honest: as soon as the book came out at the start of the scene I'd been waiting for this moment.
I think it's mainly so arousing because the distraction of reading highlights just how hard the strokes are. As each whack lands, we hear a sharp intake of breath, and Molly jerks at the impact, pausing briefly in her recital as she takes a moment to absorb the pain.
Distraction doesn't make the spanking more painful, necessarily – it just makes the pain more apparent. The impact, the involuntary reactions all call delicious attention to that moment when the strap connects with her bare bottom.
With Molly's increasingly teasing comments, it soon becomes clear that John's as kinky as she is. For all his claims about "depravity" and "discipline", it's obvious to Molly, and to us, that John is loving every minute of the experience. And with the gorgeous juxtaposition of Molly's calm, measured reading voice and her gasps as each stroke of the strap leaves its mark, I can't say I'm surprised.
Alongside the element of distraction, I should also mention that I love the whole look of this scene. When Molly takes off her jacket to reveal a tight corset, tiny skirt and leather collar, the contrast between the two is perfect - John as the distinguished disciplinarian, and Molly as the coquettish, cheeky madam. She giggles and flirts, and is clearly delighted that rather than reporting her, John has decided to take an interest in her hobby.
I've said before how much I love the chemistry between Molly and John (and if you keep watching after the credits on this video you'll see more of it in the out-takes). I think one of the best things about spanking performers who are play partners in real life is that everything feels so natural - from the initial reprimands to the order to bend over, the playful flirting and the dialogue. Oh, especially the dialogue.
When he's finished with the strapping, John turns to Molly and declares:
“You may put what passes for your clothes back on.”
I'll be distracted by the thought of that line for a pretty long time to come.
Well, this one isn't exactly new - in fact it's been up on the site for a couple of weeks. But what with campaigning against the new porn legislation, unexpectedly being invited to debate the legislation on Channel 4 News, sessions, spanking parties, and spending a couple of days in Birmingham pair-editing some of the scenes for our new joint project with Nimue Allen, I'm a bit behind on blogging! Which means that I've got quite a few blogposts lined up for you over the holidays - what better time to get a daily dose of spanking updates to while away the Christmas break?
When it's the stunning Lola Marie in front of the camera, it's always worth looking back a couple of weeks to show you some new behind the scenes goodness...
Performers: Lola Marie, Pandora Blake
Out-takes and fun behind the scenes during the shooting of Provocative Housework - including Lola's impression of Patsy from Ab Fab, Lola admiring the old-school oven and iron in the shoot kitchen, scene planning, sexy wiggling, funny faces and silly voices, Pandora admiring Lola's bruises, and both of them actually cleaning the oven!
Lola is her usual bubbly self in this behind the scenes video, which includes quite a few silly voices and faces. She was such fun to have on set. I can't wait to work with her again in 2015!
Can you tell that Talia Lane and David Weston are a couple in real life? I think it's hard not to, because the whole of their first film together is infused with a close flirtation and a crackling chemistry, which makes their school romance all the more real, and all the more intense.
I get a bit nostalgic about these school moments – when there was a guy I fancied so much I couldn't stop thinking about him in class. A guy who I just needed to touch me. Those stolen moments – kisses and gropes when teachers weren't looking ... sigh.
Talia and David play a couple just like this – horny students with ties askew, shirts untucked, and eyes only for each other. As is to be expected when you're young and hot for someone, they fondle and kiss behind the bike sheds for so long that they miss the start of lessons.
They hardly care, of course – they're far too wrapped up in their own teenage world of giggles and snogs. But this is Dreams of Spanking, after all, so from the moment their lips touch we know they're going to get caught by a strict teacher. Enter Pandora...
Pandora (aka the stern Ms Blake) is formidable in this scene, but then she has to be to keep the pair in line. Talia and David joke around even as Ms Blake explains that they're in for a punishment more severe than the usual detention or lines.
They can't quite bring themselves to believe that she'll put them over her knee for a hand spanking, and as a result their insouciance just gets them into deeper trouble.
Everyone remembers those kids at school who – no matter how stern the teacher – just would not behave. Talia and David in this scene are exactly like that - holding hands and messing around and making exactly the kind of exasperating retorts that teenagers seem to think are oh-so-funny. They play that casual 'you can't touch me' attitude to perfection - to the point where I, as a bit of a meanie, couldn't wait for Pandora to dish out the spanking just to show them she means business.
When she does, Talia's shock and outrage is amazing.
This is Talia's first ever spanking scene - in fact, she says in her interview that it's her first ever proper spanking. David's starred in a few Dreams of Spanking videos before (I particularly enjoyed David's Strict Governess) and he was keen to share the experience with her, and watch her discover why he loves spanking so much.
Taking the behind-the-scenes connection together with the scenario, it's a gorgeous shared moment. I loved seeing the dynamic between the couple as they stay strong against the teacher determined to punish them. Keep watching after the credits for more out-takes, including Talia's infectious giggles - and her genuine reactions to her first ever punishment spanking.
That David and Talia are a real couple serves to highlight one of the best things about this type of joint scene. When two lovers or close friends are punished together, there's an added dynamic: the support and sympathy between the two spankees. There's an amazing example of it in Punishment by Proxy, too, in which Pandora and Jimmy are forced – against their wishes – to actually punish each other.
As David and Talia comfort each other you can see that what started as humiliation is actually making them stronger. Initially David is reluctant to pull down his pants in front of his young girlfriend, but by the end the pair are united in solidarity against their teacher.
Facing the wall and baring their bright red bottoms after their spanking, they exchange shy, loving smiles. You know, I'm not sure they've entirely learned their lesson. Some things are just worth doing, no matter what the punishment.
Merry Christmas! OK, I'll admit it – I'm feeling a teeny bit festive. I hope you're all enjoying the holidays, and that everyone enjoyed the gifts you got them. When I was spending the last week trying to rustle up Christmas presents I was disappointed I couldn't just buy everyone a subscription to Dreams of Spanking. (Although if you've a kinky friend or two, and you're looking for an ultra-last-minute present...?)
So in my festive state of mind I naturally honed in on the 'gift' aspect of our latest film. The story goes like this: Pandora is on the way home from work when she gets a text from her lover – gorgeous, mischievous spanking star Ten Amorette. Ten tells her she's got a surprise present for her, and from the grin on Pandora's face you can tell the gift is going to be smoking hot.
It is, of course, and Ten's utterly beautiful body is the perfect surprise gift. Stripped naked on the bed, and on all fours ready for a spanking, she's even unwrapped already! Who wouldn't be tempted, as Pandora is, to settle in for a long session of teasing play – spanking Ten with her hand and using the flogger to whip her into a hot, writhing mess of arousal?
Thing is, some of the best presents you can give are gifts to both of you. Ones your partner loves, but you also get pleasure from. Well, that's my theory at least – gifts that delight both the giver and the receiver mean you get two times the joy for the price of one.
So when Pandora starts spanking Ten's bottom, and Ten wiggles and moans with lust, it's pretty clear that the gift is one for both of them.
As it's the festive season, I thought I'd end on something a bit different this week. So instead of just giving you a link to this video and saying 'enjoy' (which I'm sure you will, by the way – it's steamy and intimate and oh so hot, and if you love girl-on-girl erotic spanking then it's pretty much tailor-made for you) I thought I'd also open up a bit of a discussion about surprise presents.
Personally, if I got a text like Pandora receives in this film, I'd hope to arrive home to find my guy (perhaps accompanied by a friend or two) standing over the bed with floggers and straps, ready to turn me bright red from neck to ankle. Or possibly ready for some intimate tying and torture, like in this smoking-hot interrogation photoset.
I imagine that he, if he got a similar text from me, would be hoping for the kind of spontaneous, sexy surprise which Erica Scott gives to Paul Kennedy in The Workaholic - and I expect he'd be a bit more appreciative than Paul was! What can I say? He loves lingerie and heels.
So: naked on all fours, sexy lingerie and high heels, a belt ready to dish out a thrashing, or something I haven't mentioned yet? If you got a text that primed you to rush home for a surprise present, what would you hope to see when you open the door and step inside...?
It's the end of the year, and that means awards time. Spanking Blogg are running some Spanking Awards this year, and we've been nominated in a few categories. In fact, voting has already closed in some categories, but the rest are still open, so there's still time to get some last minute votes in.
I was thrilled to be nominated twice for the blog categories - this blog was nominated for Best News Style Blog, and my personal/political blog Spanked, Not Silenced was nominated for Best Creative Blog. The winners were announced on Christmas Eve and I was surprised and pleased by the results!
My personal blog came second in the creative category, runner up to Alex in Spankingland by Alex Reynolds, Dreams of Spanking cast member and top spanking model. Her articulate, thoughtful blog is always fascinating reading, with some wonderful writing about kink psychology, D/S and social commentary on the wider scene. Plus there are often hot spanking photos and scene reports. I love her blog - and voted for it. I couldn't think of a more deserving winner, and I'm delighted to be her runner up!
As for the news style blog - well, I was thrilled that this blog placed too, coming second to Chross the Spankologist. Given Chross' standing in the scene, and the fact that whenever he links to you in his Spankings of the Week he can send a spike of over a thousand visitors to your blog without even trying, I think that's a fair win. I wasn't expecting this blog to place at all, so it's wonderful that even after three years you still think we're worth reading.
Winner CHROSS Spankologist BLOG
Runner Up DREAMS OF SPANKING BLOG
Winner Alex in Spankingland
Runner Up Pandora Blake – Spanked not Silenced
Voting is still open for the following categories:
It's a tough choice - I wish I could vote multiple times! There are some categories still to come, including Best Male Spankee, Best Website and Most Improved Website, so please do nominate your favourites for those categories, and keep checking back to Spanking Blogg for new polls as they open. And most importantly, please support your favourite performers and producers in the spanking industry by casting your vote!
Finally, it's the time of year when the Rise Awards are open for nominations. Last year Dreams of Spanking was thrilled to be a runner-up for the Fan Favourite award - let's see if we can beat that this year! The adult industry is often dominated by the big mainstream sites but its the small cottage sites that are often the most creative and interesting. Head on over and nominate your favourite porn sites - let's give small, queer, independent fetish sites some love!
When the new UK porn legislation came in, criminalising films showing any spanking that leaves lasting marks, we were advised to edit some behind the scenes footage showing performer consent together in the same video as the main scene. While it's frustrating to have to jump through hoops like this, when the whole concept of Dreams of Spanking is to make performer consent explicit in the surrounding contextual materials, this mode of working does have one silver lining - it means I've had to edit the behind the scenes videos at the same time as the main film, rather than leaving it until later. As a result, I'm staying on top of the behind the scenes editing for the first time ever, and we've uploaded behind the scenes videos, performer interviews or both alongside the fantasy film for the last seven weeks running!
The Surprise Present: Behind the Scenes
Performers: Pandora Blake, Ten Amorette
Behind the scenes during the filming of The Surprise Present in Los Angeles with Paul Kennedy and Alex Reynolds, including lots of making-of detail showing you the work that goes in to shooting a spanking film. Favourite moments in this include Ten exclaiming over how many bows Alex owns, 'flogger fondling', and some hilarious reactions to Pandora's directons - Ten saying "oh no!" when Pandora suggests she flog her some more, Alex mishearing "I'll give you permission to touch" as something else entirely, and Ten completely cracking up at "maybe Paul could pull out..."!
This was a fun shoot, and there are some really amusing moments in this out-takes film. Ten and Alex are a hoot to work with!
As well as the behind the scenes video, I've also uploaded twelve hand-captured behind the scenes screengrabs, highlighting some of the best, funniest, sexiest moments. Enjoy!
Sometimes a lover will whisper a particular fantasy in my ear, and my heart beats extra-fast because it presses exactly the same buttons as fantasies I've had myself in the past. This week's scene is that feeling made flesh.
Alex Reynolds likes edgy scenes and harsh roleplay where there's a struggle or an abuse of authority. She likes disproportionate punishments and begging and screaming and beating.
And so do I.
'Playing Truant' doesn't just float my boat, it's almost measure for measure one of the scenes that's played out in my head ever since... well... ever since I started fantasising.
Paul Kennedy plays an angry, predatory truant officer, who's been watching Alex behave like – his words – a 'little slut.' She skips school and fools around with boys, and he's been watching her, clearly enjoying the show and scheming how to take advantage. He collects enough information that he can not only scold her, but blackmail her to submit to his violent, nasty urges.
As she squeals and begs him to stop, he punishes her far more severely than she deserves – a vicious tawsing across her naked buttocks and oh-so-sensitive thighs.
Alex Reynolds and Paul Kennedy are a couple in real life, and I really appreciate their candid discussion in the performer interviews accompanying this film. Alex explains that this is the kind of scenario she enjoys most – rough scenes where Paul abuses his authority to dish out cruel punishments. Paul's demeanour in the interview is so different from his character in the film that it's clear this sort of role is very different to how he actually is – and both partners explain what they find so liberating, and so rewarding, about exploring these different roles in scene.
Paul's character is certainly a nasty piece of work in this scene, as he strips Alex to the waist and roughly fondles her breasts, before bending her over for the tawse. He frequently shoves a hand between her legs as she squirms away, and grins with evil delight as he paints vivid red stripes onto her bottom and thighs. And in case you're worried, the camera stays on the couple after Pandora calls “cut”, to show Alex snuggling up to her lover, thanking him for bringing her desires to life.
I might start using this film as an instructional video. As someone whose most often-used phrase in bed is 'be mean to me', I've now got this bookmarked so that when I want to show just how mean I can say 'like this'. Beat me like I'm a naughty schoolgirl caught playing truant. Beat me like I'm a helpless young woman entrapped by a very nasty man.
It's not often we get to see a spanking film that shows sexual coercion as well as corporal punishment – and it might make me uneasy if the love Alex and Paul have for each other didn't shine out of the screen. If you are worried, I recommend you watch the interview before you watch the film – it's an in-depth discussion of kinky sexuality by two very articulate, experienced players, who are perfectly comfortable sharing their darker side with each other – and with us.
It's a seriously sexy treat for me to see have two talented performers act out something that's so closely matches one of my own fantasies, and if you're keen on this type of edgy, harsh punishment then I'm sure you'll love it too. From the words Paul chooses to humiliate Alex, to her well-acted misery and fear, there is so much in this scene to love.
I don't think there's any way to end this post other than with a huge thank you to Paul and Alex, for sharing this aspect of their play dynamic, and for such a smoking hot interpretation of the things that happen in my head.
Have you had a similar experience with a particular Dreams of Spanking scene? I love the idea of sharing a specific film with a lover, and saying 'look! This is what my fantasy looks like!' Which scene is your closest match?