My personal favourite, however, was the third photoset of the afternoon. Two topless girls in long skirts, velvet, mood lighting. Old books and ink, hand-lettered typography, words on skin. Adele and I have this kink in common. I copied out the first six lines of the Iliad onto her back in the original Homeric Greek, and it was the most peaceful, zen experience I have ever had on a spanking shoot. As the minutes ticked by, no-one spoke a word, PWP moved around us quietly snapping photos, I think she and I both entered a kind of subspace. There was an element of psychological bondage to it; she had to stay perfectly still, or the work would be ruined. And I entered a trance-like state as I lost all my awareness of the camera, and focussed on finishing the calligraphy as quickly and neatly as possible.
I don't know what story these images might tell. Perhaps we are lovers, or witches; perhaps I'm an artist decorating her for some sort of show, or perhaps she's my submissive and I've set her the challenge of stillness and obedience. Perhaps we are students in some strange alternate universe where punishment lines are written not on paper, but on skin.
When AJ sent me the edited photos to look at, my jaw dropped. They are heartbreakingly gorgeous, just as dreamlike and evocative as I had hoped. PWP did an amazing job with these photos, and AJ more than did them justice in post. As I emailed Girl on the Net to let her know they were ready for copywriting, the scenario started to take shape in my head.
This gallery is a visual poem; a lyrical, abstract dream sequence exploring the sensuality of ink on skin. Inasmuch as there's a plot behind them, it's this: Adele must lie still while I write the text on her. Maybe she's my lover and I just like setting challenges for her. Maybe I'm a witch using body-writing to cast a spell. Maybe writing lines on her is my punishment. I wasn't sure, but one thing was clear: if Adele moved, smudging the lettering, she would get a cane stroke for every error.
Girl on the Net took this idea and ran with it. I love the scene description she came up with.
Two topless women are engaged in a sensual game: one plays the canvas and the other the artist. Adele Haze lies on cushions, exposing her breasts and bare back - and it's the latter that her lover will write on. Pandora Blake uses black ink and a brush to adorn Adele with intricate Greek lettering.
As Pandora's calligraphy winds around Adele's gorgeous curves, Adele must stay completely still, hardly breathing to avoid nudging Pandora as she writes her lines. In a Victorian school, ink smudges would mean a punishment for the writer. Here, the responsibility to avoid error falls on the writing surface. Pandora weaves her spell in words, and the magic of the moment mustn't be broken. For each smudge, Adele will get a stroke of the cane.
When the text is complete – the first few lines of Homer's 'Iliad' – Pandora carefully examines her work, stripping Adele naked so she can admire the slick black script that covers her body. Afterwards Adele bends naked over the punishment bench in the Scriptorium, exposing every inch of her bare skin. Pandora's found some smudges, and every error earns Adele a hard cane stroke.
Each cold cane stroke makes Adele yelp, biting her thumb to hold back her cries. But after three strokes the punishment is over, and Pandora can step back to admire her work – the neat black lines of text curving round Adele's beautiful body, and the vivid red welts left by the cane.
Another year has gone by, and on 23rd December 2014 Dreams of Spanking celebrated its third birthday. Three years is a coming of age for a new business - the point at which you stop being a start-up and become established. If you haven't made it by the end of year three, you aren't going to make it. Happily, after our profitable first year, sales have been steadily increasing and we're going from strength to strength. It's time to look back on the year just gone and take stock. Here are ten ways in which Dreams of Spanking changed and improved in 2014.
1. Saying hello to Girl on the Net
In March we added sex blogger Girl on the Net to our team, and since then she has been writing all the copy for our spanking scenes and free hosted galleries, as well as being a regular contributor to this blog and our twitter stream. She puts up with me sending her pieces at the last possible minute, and is remarkably patient about working around my irregular schedule - while always staying friendly, cheerful and professional. It's a pleasure to work with her, and her advice on marketing, advertising and SEO has been incredibly useful. She's become an invaluable presence behind the scenes.
I commented a while ago that I would gladly pay Girl on the Net just to write nice things about my work and send them to me every week. Not only do I get the ego boost of a writer I admire providing regular positive feedback on my creations, it also means I'm freed from the emotionally exhausting labour of marketing my own porn. I hadn't realised how much it was costing me until I stopped. I think most creatives resent having to sell their work, and would much rather spend their energy making more art instead. Since hiring Girl on the Net, I have had more creative energy to spend on film-making, editing, business development and activism - and my quality of life, wellbeing and business success have been all the better for it.
2. Handing over photo editing to AJ Levi
Around the same time, I started handing over photo editing duties to my amazing executive assistant AJ Levi. It was a wrench - I'm a massive control freak, which isn't a great trait in a manager, but AJ has handled the transition with grace and skill. She has edited every photoset published since her debut gallery Introducing Alexander - 44 in total by my count. Over the last few months, as she's proved that I can trust her with the all-important visual imagery on the site, she has taken on more and more of the work. She now selects which photos from any given shoot will be published, edits them (including the behind the scenes photos), chooses preview images, creates thumbnails, handles the data entry in the CMS and creates new free hosted galleries for our affiliates. Not only that, but AJ has just started handling our updates on Clips4Sale and Spanking Library.
Add in her regular responsibilities with tech support, processing payments, answering emails and keeping the site organised and it's an impressive list. AJ has an amazing eye, and you only need to look at her recent galleries (such as Sing, Muse) to see that she is an artist when it comes to photo editing. She is consistent, dependable and continues to surprise me with her technical and creative skill. Hiring her was a coming-of-age moment for the business, and now I honestly don't know what I'd do without her.
3. Saying goodbye to Thomas Cameron
I haven't written about this yet publically, but in March 2014, with regret, I ended my romantic relationship with Thomas Cameron. We had been together for nearly a decade. It was my decision in the end, and not one I made lightly. Times change, and our lives had been moving in different directions for several years. I eventually found the courage to accept that it was time to move on.
The break-up was amicable, and afterwards Tom continued working for Dreams of Spanking behind the scenes, updating the clips stores and affiliate galleries. It was only a few weeks ago that, looking at the finances and the logistics of liaising with three different freelancers on a tight weekly update schedule, I made the decision to hand over his duties to AJ in order to keep things more streamlined.
Thomas was a huge presence in my early adult life and in the development of this website, and I can honestly say that Dreams of Spanking would not exist without him. He provided inspiration, support, enormous stage presence and acting skill, and a huge number of scene ideas - from the first embryonic inkling that I wanted to produce my own content, to the launch of the site three years ago. He was instrumental in launching my career as a spanking model, and in encouraging me to start producing my own films. He was my dominant, spanker and top for many years. My spanking kink was greatly influenced by his taste and personality.
Tom let me move in above the real ale pub he managed in 2010 and 2011, refurbish it with decor that would look good in spanking films, and trade work for his business for a place to live, work and shoot. The scenes we shot together were a core part of this site's launch content, and the work we did together that year made launching this site possible. Tom's skills as a performer, top, scene writer and consulting historian raised the bar of the UK spanking industry and made an indelible impression on the development of my style. I will always be grateful to Tom for his contributions to my personal life, my spanking career and to Dreams of Spanking.
4. More behind the scenes content
A direct consequence of bringing AJ and Girl on the Net on board is that 2014 was the year I had time to edit more behind the scenes content. In the first two years of the business, struggling to keep on top of all these responsibilities single-handedly, I simply didn't have time to do everything. Editing behind the scenes videos was a job that often got dropped in busy weeks, and I never had time to go back and catch up.
In the last year behind the scenes content has been a priority, and more scenes than ever now feature candid making-of videos, hilarious out-takes, performer interviews and behind the scenes image galleries. Not only do the image gallery feature candid photos taken on set, but I've also started adding hand-picked screengrabs from the behind the scenes videos. If you like to reassure yourself that an edgy spanking video was produced ethically and consensually, look no further.
5. HTML5 video
2014 was the year that we upgraded our streaming video player from a Flash popup streaming .flv files to embedded HTML5 video streaming MP4 files. Better video quality, better usability, better cross-browser and cross-device compatibility. Better for everyone.
In theory, HTML5 video should even work on mobiles and tablets, although I've had reports from some users that it's not playing for them. Following on from this development, I've made a personal commitment that 2015 is going to be the year we finally get our website and streaming video player fully operational across all mobile devices.
6. Recurring memberships and Mastercard payments
In January, D extended our back-end code so we could offer you the option of recurring memberships for the first time - a real milestone. And in June, a year after CCBill slapped an extortionate annual fee onto porn sites that wanted to accept Mastercard payments, I decided we could afford it, and we started accepting Mastercard payments again - making it easier for you to support ethical porn by buying a site membership. Finally!
7. More transgender performers
2014 was the year we added two new out-and-proud transgender performers to our cast - world famous queer porn star James Darling, and budding UK newcomer Ron Beastly. In the past, trans porn performers often kept quiet about it for fear that being open about their gender history would make their work less popular or make them targets for abuse. Although transgender people still suffer from appalling and unacceptable stigma and violence worldwide, it's wonderful to see an attitude change start to ripple across the online community which is more accepting of non-binry identities and transgender bodies. This is no small part thanks to queer porn, which has centered trans bodies from the beginning.
The next step is for us to make a pro-active effort to expand our cast to include some hot transgender women. I've already had exciting talks with a number of suitable performers. The only limiting factor is that a number of them are in the US or Canada, and so shooting will have to fit around my international travel schedule.
8. More performers of colour
In 2014 we uploaded three new scenes starring stunning UK porn star Lola Marie, and we shot not once but twice with brand new spankee David Weston, who is (as far as I know) the first ever black male spankee to make a name for himself in the UK. Mind you, given how few fetish sites name or celebrate their male sub performers, he hasn't had much competition.
Of course, we still have a long way to go - two exceptions to a mostly white cast is nowhere near enough, and we're looking forward to making new connections and improving the chromatic and gender diversity of our cast further in 2015.
9. Consent, consent, consent
2014 was the year the conversation about ethical porn and showing consent behind the scenes started to take off - from my talk on establishing consent in kinky porn at the Feminist Porn Conference in April to Zoe Williams' guardian article in November. It was also the year that UK legislators showed just how out of touch they are by making a whole swathe of consensual acts illegal to depict in UK-produced online porn.
The Sword of Damocles is still hanging over our heads, in that at any time in 2015 we might receive an initial letter from ATVOD demanding us to comply with these regulations - which we intend to refuse to do, thereby kicking off a lengthy and expensive court battle. But in the meantime we have no intention of stopping producing, and we won't be limited by these regulations and self-censor when filming new content in 2015. What we can do is take additional steps to demonstrate the consent and well-being of performers on all our shoots. Previously, consent was established in contextual behind the scenes materials and links surrounding the main fantasy film. Since these regulations came into force at the start of December, we have brought some of this context into the main feature, so that even if a particular film is watched in isolation, outside the context in which it was originally published, performer consent will still be explicit.
Five weeks into this new system, I'm increasingly seeing the positive side of this method of publishing feminist kinky porn. It centres performer consent in every production, sends a strong message about ethical porn, and as an added bonus, it brings the behind the scenes content to the front of my editing process, making it even easier to get out-takes videos and performer interviews ready for publication alongside every spanking film.
10. Best Spanking Site 2014?
Dreams of Spanking collected some impressive kudos in 2014, including this glowing review by My Sex Porn and lots of love during sex blogger spanking month. It was a good year for our mainstream press profile, too: as well as the Guardian feature on ethical porn, we were mentioned in The Sun and BBC News.
The Loose Hem was nominated for a Feminist Porn Award, and we were in the running for Honoured Website second year running. Also in 2014, My Inner Little Girl was screened at Cinekink film festival, and Instructed, our collaborative film with Ms Naughty, was screened at the Berlin Porn Film Festival.
We've taken a lot of runner-up prizes in the Spanking Awards 2014 hosted by SpankingBlogg, with this blog coming second in the News Blog category, my personal blog Spanked, Not Silenced coming second in the Creative Blog category, and me coming in third as Best Female Spanker and Best Female Spankee 2014. I was the only person to qualify in both categories, so I guess that makes me a jill of all trades. I'm happy with that!
Winner: Alex Reynolds
Runner Up: Amelia Jane Rutherford
3rd: Pandora Blake
Full results can be seen HERE
Winner – Sarah Gregory
Sarah has topped at many sites but check out her own at SarahGregorySpanking.com
Runner Up – Dana Kane
Dana has topped at many sites but check out her own at DanaKaneSpanks.com
& 2nd (very close) Runner Up – Pandora Blake
Pandora features at many sites but check out her own DreamsofSpanking.com
Congrats to Alex Reynolds, Amelia Jane Rutherford, Sarah Gregory and Dana Kane on their wins - you deserve it, and I couldn't be in better company!
The award I really care about though is Best Spanking Site 2014 - and I'm thrilled that Dreams of Spanking is in the running. After all our performers' hard work in this last year it would mean a lot if we could get the top spot, so please do head to their page and vote for us!
Ron Beastly lives up to his name this week, because in our latest film he plays an actual wild beast – growling, furry, dangerous and almost impossible to tame.
This scene is a pretty rare thing – a kink that's almost totally new to me. But the more I think about it, and google around beast porn and beast sex play, the more of it I find.
Beast porn has a pretty long and colourful history, and when you start looking you'll find it in a fair few places. From Marian Engel's famous 1976 novel 'Bear' (in which a librarian falls in love with, and is ravished by, an actual bear) to tamer modern hints, like the sexy werewolves in the Twilight books. I know it's not really on to mention Twilight, but I'm throwing it in there because it's surprising just how often particular kinks bubble up in our popular culture.
In fact, when you start looking for it, there's plenty of beast porn on the internet, but most of the fantasies are either animated or slashfic (there's plenty of Beauty and the Beast porn written by eager online writers, for example) – it's rare to be able to watch a beast fantasy played out on screen by real people.
Ron makes a perfect beast – partly because, with his furry body draped in more furs, and chained up in a sleeping pose, he looks every inch the slumbering creature. But more so because beast play is one of Ron's own fantasies. He suggested the idea for this scene, and so it's his own desires that are played out – giving him the chance to be the beast that he fantasises about.
As Seani Love tries to tame him, he's whipped, collared, and led around the room on all fours. He's even fed strips of meat from a bowl, as his master alternates the food treats with whippings in an attempt to make the beast behave.
Ron's own take on the scene can be found on his blog here – and it's well worth a read, to get a glimpse inside his head as he's performing as 'the beast.'
Next we did a scene that was a suggestion from me, in which I was a beast that was captured by a magician who wanted to harness my power to use to his own ends. I really got into the performance, though it got pretty intense for me, partly because it was very physical and partly because there were a couple of moments where it felt very real. I realised that, while it was fun to let the beast out of me, I really don’t want to be doing scenes where they are punished and subdued. I would really like to do a scene that was a kind of sequel to this, where the magician’s wife/daughter/whatever finds me tied up, cowering and subdued, then unties me and encourages me to be wild and to ravage her in a rather exciting and filthy manner (if anyone wants to shoot this let me know!). I was a little bit shaken afterwards, but the after care was awesome, with Pandora giving me a marvelous happy spank then feeding me carrot sticks and hummus while I was curled up on her lap (do all directors provide this service?).
The happy aftercare spanking Ron mentions was also captured on film, and if you're interested you can watch it here.
Ron's proposed follow-up, in which the beast is released from submission, and encouraged to ravish the kindly person who's released him, brings the fantasy neatly back round to the focus of much of the slashfic and other beast porn that I found in my research. Beast fantasy seems, for the most part, to eroticise the wild, untameable nature of the beast. The darker things that can be done by creatures that have no moral agency, no code, and which are essentially untameable.
I like the fact that this scene is a bit ambiguous as to whether the magician succeeds in taming the beast. He can whip and punch the creature into submission, put on a collar and lead and to all intents and purposes look like he's subdued it, but ultimately we can tell from Ron's growls and snarls that he's still a wild animal. Perhaps a wild animal just looking for a chance to let his instincts take over again...
I was tickled pink when a Dreams of Spanking member sent me this gem. It's a cryptic crossword he's created, themed on spanking - and Dreams of Spanking in particular. How clever is that? I thought it would be a perfect game for a leisurely Sunday morning. Here's his explanation:
As well as being into spanking I'm also quite a crossword enthusiast (two great English vices perhaps). Over recent months one or two cryptic crossword setters in the paper I read have on occasion been writing some clues and solutions which include innuendo or double entendre. These themed crosswords are the sort of thing that get used for holiday specials and the like. Of course in a national paper this can only go so far. I thought it might be fun if this went a step or two further and had a go at putting together a rather more forthright spanking-themed crossword. The result was the puzzle below.
As an extra help, in the clues I've underlined the definition parts and left the cryptic bits without underlines. This allows the puzzle to be done as a non-cryptic ordinary crossword hopefully. Not all clues are fetish related, nor all answers but there are a fair few.
1,10 Position for deliveries where you bend your leg. (4,3,4)
5 Harsh as his hands in the middle for illicit smoking. (7)
10 See 1 across
11 Devilish and confused a libido going to California. (10)
12 Order to keep the game going. “Lay on after parking.”
13 Dressing elegantly using a strange bone ring – the opposite of what recipients of 23 across are usually doing! (8)
14 Plenty of these on DoS and the like - sites a fan moves around. (9)
16 In the rear direction r-rub after strict top raised edges. (5)
17 Verse working but it’s a cinema unlikely to be screening DoS material! (5)
19 Confusing strap hiss on the stellar transport. (9)
23 Male ruler on the bridge gets a painful lesson. (8)
24 Market in two seconds how the derriere responds to a 26ac, 1ac, 10ac, 7dn, 23ac. (6)
26 Get one award back after the pub, and another after the motorcycle race for maximum exposure during 23 across. (4-6)
27 See 9 down
28 Abi and gent are confused giving a less erotic sounding 23 across. (7)
29 Yes, pros are about to give fish eating hawks. (7)
2 Ice cream flavour not found in 23 across enthusiasts’ relationships. (7)
3 Rush sounds like why it’s having an oboe’s sound quality. (5)
4 Sound of a bell in his ‘good’ old-fashioned descriptions of 23 acrosses. (7)
6 The morning belonging to us for French love affairs. (6)
7 Flowing locks management tool leaving a blotchy finish after a sound 23 across. (9)
8 One delivering a 23 across ditches king for an indeterminate number to produce a turning tool. (7)
9, 27ac ‘K, right! What Ten does oddly is what you might do to finish off a 23 across unless you’re a nylon fetishist. (4,3,6,4)
15 Horn I concealed in exam was most prickly. (9)
18 Sounds like actor Johnny went to a wild party to become morally corrupt. (7)
20 Backward seer gets round an arithmetic problem and continues. (7)
21 A friendly light slap by the hard method. That’s the route to go. (7)
22 No West windows messed up, so refuse to acknowledge as yours. (6)
25 Brief commercial, then turned red on the bottom. She puts two and two together. (5)
This is so cool. I really do love the little community that is growing around this site, and I keep on being more and more impressed by what an intelligent and interesting bunch you are.
If you want to play, please leave a reply in the comments with your guesses. You can print the crossword out and scribble on it first if you like - just download a jpg version here. The correct answers will be published next Sunday. I hope you have fun with it - I'm tempted to have a go myself!
Our latest film is based on a true story, and when I tell you that it's to do with probation officers and caning as punishment, I hope you'll be as intrigued as I was.
First things first – check out this hot F/F caning scene, and see if you can guess which elements of it are inspired by real life. When you've finished watching, read on for the details...
In this scene, Molly Malone plays the fierce (and incredibly judgemental) probation officer who seems to be putting some pretty unreasonable demands on Nimue Allen. When she tells Nimue that she must submit to housing inspector visits once a week, Nimue kicks back – and I think rightly so!
But Molly's got an idea up her sleeve to help 'persuade' Nimue to comply – she sends Nimue to the cupboard in the corner of the room, and orders her to open it and look inside.
Now, here's where the porn film diverges from the real-life story. Naturally, because it's Dreams of Spanking, the scene builds to a painful and deeply sexy climax, as Molly uses the cane on Nimue's bare bottom – searing hot red stripes into her bare flesh as she winces and gasps.
In real life, though, the cane wasn't used except as a rather clever deterrent. Here's the original story, as told to Pandora by a Dreams of Spanking member:
“She was on a probation order (divorced women with kids then could be put on an order in contested circumstances to protect the kids). In the early days she was very resentful, and when her probation officer (who she came to adore by the way, they ended up great friends) asked for an assurance from her on something and she refused to give it, he thought for a moment, then told her to walk to a cupboard, open it, look inside - then close it and come back and sit down.
She went off in a strop, opened it, took in the long thin school cane, and in her words "nearly wet my knickers" - then returned to her seat and promptly answered in the positive when the question was put again. She wasn't to know that probation officers lost the power to use the cane - on juveniles - in the 1970s, he just never cleared his cupboard."
I found this completely fascinating – it's surprising just how recently people were allowed to use canes for corporal punishment in the UK. As someone for whom the cane has only ever had sexual connotations, I can't imagine what it would be like to have the threat of this hanging over you for real. It's certainly enough to truly shock Nimue Allen's character, and give even Molly's sadistic probation officer pause for thought.
I think the scene works even better because the time period in which it's set is so close to that where caning might have been a possibility. While corporal punishment for juvenile offenders was phased out in practice in the mid-20th century, a bit of Googling tells me that it wasn't until 1978 that the European Court of Human Rights explicitly ruled that judicial birching contravened article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. And, of course, it took much longer for corporal punishment to be phased out in schools and in the home.
At the time this film is set (the mid-1980s) corporal punishment was technically still legal in all schools in the UK – it was only phased out of state schools in 1987, and remained legal in private schools until as late as 1999. So it's pretty plausible that Nimue (who by the way sports some pretty spectacular eighties hair in this) wouldn't be totally sure that it was illegal for her probation officer to beat her.
It's pretty shocking to me that punishment caning was only fully abolished very recently in the UK. Perhaps even more shocking is the fact that only last year Justice Secretary Chris Grayling (a man who wouldn't recognise human rights if they gave him an illegal six-of-the-best) seriously suggested the reintroduction of corporal punishment for juvenile offenders – the same kind of treatment that Nimue is subjected to in this film.
Maybe it's my upbringing, and the fact that I've never been caned as punishment, but I always tend to assume that the cane, slipper, hand spanking, and other forms of authorised corporal punishment died out in the 1950s. This scene is a bit of a history lesson as well as a seriously hot F/F caning – and because the punishment is so deeply unfair (not to mention illegal) I'm delighted that Nimue comes back with her badass eighties side-ponytail and gets her revenge at the end of the scene. What kind of revenge? Well, you'll have to watch it to find out...
So here's a piece of good news - the results are in, and I was absolutely gobsmacked to discover that Dreams of Spanking was voted the Best Spanking Site 2014 in SpankingBlogg's Spanking Awards! The site and our performers qualified in multiple categories, but site of the year was the title I really cared about, and after all our hard work this year I'm overjoyed that to have been awarded it.
Winning an award like this has been a dream of mine since before I launched Dreams of Spanking. I know that with our radical politics and independent way of doing things, we do fall outside the usual porn categories. As a feminist spanking porn site, we're not like any other spanking sites - but we're not like any other feminist porn site either. It can be a little lonely, and it's so validating to know that although we're different, the spanking community appreciates our unique way of doing things. Thank you so much to everyone who voted - we couldn't have reached this point without our wonderful fans, and honestly Dreams of Spanking viewers are one of the best bunch of people on the internet. Thank you all.
So with three years of weekly film and photo updates and a sought-after web award under our belt, and a whopping 236 spanking scenes in our archive, it's time to look back at our top scenes from 2014. It seems that we must have been doing something right. Here are my twelve favourite spanking films and photogalleries from the year in which we were officially the Best Spanking Site:
January: The Whipped Maid
One of my all-time top fantasies: a hapless Victorian maid punished with a double caning by the Master and Mistress of the household. 50 hard strokes, straight on the bare.
Feb: Tangled with You
For Valentine's Day, a highly erotic photoset featuring me and my lover D. More than anything else we've ever shot, these photos express the intimacy and sexual chemistry between us. Definitely the most explicit images on Dreams of Spanking!
March: An Unorthodox Tutorial
One of our most popular M/M scenes ever, Alexander Knight's debut made an impression. As the tousle-headed innocent student who is curious about spanking, he contrasted perfectly with fair-minded disciplinarian Dr Barton. With educated, well-spoken scene players who understand the psychology of punishment, it's easy to see why this pairing was a hit. Alex's sensitive, peachy bottom was the icing on the cake.
April: Victorian Spanking Trilogy
Can I cheat and have a trilogy for April? This storyline started life as a single scene, but quickly evolved as the performers got their teeth into it. Alexander Knight plays the wilful young son of strict Victorian pater familias Dr Barton - and Molly Malone the young wife who quickly turns into Alex's wicked stepmother. A compelling period drama crammed full of domestic discipline, over the knee spanking and unfair punishment.
May: The Honey Trap
Filmed at the feminist porn awards last year, this was a fantasy of FTM porn star James Darling. A hot and filthy femdom scene with lots of sexy domination, spanking, strapping and belting, foot worship, breath play and dirty talk.
I really didn't expect how popular this scene would turn out to be. We wanted to shoot a three-way scene in which we played adults, not young girls, and came up with a scenario in which Caroline and I play the resentful colleagues who team up to confront their badly behaved colleague Amelia. Two wooden hairbrushes wielded by two angry ladies - ouch!
One of our most cinematic films to date, and one of the sexiest too. Instructed tells a story of dominance and submission, long-distance romance, and shows the real-life love, trust and connection between me and my partner D - even though he wasn't present on the shoot. Plus explicit solo masturbation, a cracking orgasm, and my favourite - butt play. Hot!
August: Day Ten of Her Training
An atmospheric vignette starring Thomas Cameron as the predatory, self-contained master and Leia-Ann Woods as his poised, graceful submissive. She remains obedient as he pushes her mental and physical limits, finding fault with her efforts to please him, tightening her corset, and making her bend over and touch her toes in high stiletto heels for the cane.
September: Donna Draper's Secretary
A queer twist on Mad Men, with me playing the masculine, domineering boss and Vix Vixxxen my smart-mouthed secretary. Struggling against the confines of her social situation, Vix rebells - and pays the penalty.
October: The Workaholic
Finally I got a chance to work with spanking star Erica Scott, and it was so worth the wait. Erica plays the demanding neglected wife - Paul Kennedy the stressed husband. Sparks fly, and Erica's bottom glows bright red as she provokes Paul into taking her over the knee.
November: The Other School
A schoolgirl caning extravaganza about a group of friends from two different schools - one modern and relaxed, the other strict and old-fashioned. After getting Alex and Pandora into trouble, Christy and Maddy sneak into the other school to see what's going to happen to them - and end up getting involved in the punishment that follows.
December: Behind the Bike Sheds
Last but not least, we returned to our roots with one of our most distinctive types of scene - a naughty girl and boy punished together by a strict disciplinarian. Real life couple Talia Lane and David Weston hold hands and flirt as their teacher gives them a stern telling-off and over the knee spanking. This was Talia's debut on the site, and we can look forward to seeing a lot more of her in 2015!
It wasn't easy picking just twelve - there was some stiff competition in May and September particularly. Did I miss out any of your favourites? Let me know what you most enjoyed watching in 2014 - and what you'd like to see more of in 2015.
Some people know how to make an entrance. They arrive at a party and do something so memorable that you know you won't forget their name any time soon. Mike Pain's debut on Dreams of Spanking – in which he takes a beating so hard and so thorough it makes my eyes water - is exactly that kind of entrance.
This is one of the more traditional female domination scenes I've seen on Dreams of Spanking, and the story - suggested by Mike himself - is the kind of fantasy I expect many kinksters can relate to. Married man Mike Pain is secretly into BDSM, and femdom in particular. When his friend Pandora Blake teases him about his fashion sense, she discovers that beneath his buttoned-up shirt he's wearing a leather collar... and a bondage harness, and a studded leather thong.
For some, who for whatever reasons prefer to keep their kink secret, this could be a terrifying moment - but this is Mike's fantasy, and in his and Pandora's hands a potentially nightmare scenario turns into an intensely hot tongue-in-cheek femdom porn scene. When Pandora phones Mike's wife, the two ladies are clearly amused as much as angry, and it turns out that both of them share Mike's secret to some extent. Mike's wife asks Pandora to deal with her husband until she can get back to beat him herself.
Mike, in fact, gets exactly what he's been fantasising about – a gorgeous woman beating him black and blue.
Pandora is in full-on femdom mode, giving Mike a thorough bollocking laced with verbal humiliation, and stern admonishments when Mike tries to twist away from the burning strokes of the strap. She takes a gleeful delight in choosing exactly how many strokes to give him, and laying on paddle, strap and cane as hard as she can.
Mike takes the kind of beating that had me wincing in sympathy, as well as shivering with delight. I have to admit that there's a deep and specific joy in the sound a thick leather strap gives when it's whacked with full force onto a bare bottom.
It's rare that a top has the opportunity to hit someone has hard as they can, but Mike's pain tolerance is high. Pandora steps back and leans into each whack with the strap, putting her back into getting exactly that gorgeous 'thwack' sound. As Pandora remarks towards the end of the scene, "You can certainly take a beating."
As for the climax of the punishment - eighteen severe strokes of the cane - watch the behind the scenes video to learn whether they were as hard as Pandora could give - or as hard as Mike could take.
When you've watched the film, please do welcome Mike in the comments. After taking a thrashing this impressive, I think he deserves a very warm welcome to Dreams of Spanking.
I adore Matt Christie's photos - his gift with natural light makes every image glow, and he has created some gorgeously erotic pictures of me and my partner D. I think my personal favourite will always be Tangled With You, but I love this new gallery of Erotic Spanking photos in which D takes me over the knee. My hot topless boyfriend and a long, indulgent hand spanking - two of my favourite things!
It always feels like a treat I get a spanking from D. He knows how much it turns me on, and when he takes the time to spank me it makes me feel very loved. But that pleasure is always twinned with a certain amount of shock and indignance, because he has a hard hand - and his spankings really hurt!
He has ways of easing the pain, though. I love it when he rests a comforting hand on my back to soothe me through a series of hard spanks - but it turns me on even more when he puts a hand over my mouth to stop my cries, or reaches around to squeeze my breast.
I love that Matt Christie took the time to capture little details from this scene - like the delicate lace of my knickers, or the moment after D took them down, when they got caught hooked around my six inch stilettos.
But my favourite photo from this set is this one of me glancing up, just after a spank has landed. The look in my eyes tells you everything you need to know about how I feel in that moment.
It's easy to see that when I'm getting a bare bottom spanking over his knee, I am very much in my happy place.
In this blogpost I want to talk about intimacy. There are a million different ways you can establish intimacy with a partner, but establishing intimacy in art is a much trickier thing. How do you invite the viewer into a particular book, play or, in this case, porn scene?
Well, Pandora does just that in this week's video – she literally invites people in.
Lodger Wanted is a POV femdom tease – Pandora Blake plays the sexy landlady who invites you, the viewer, into her home. From the beginning you're placed directly into the scene, with the camera showing your first-person perspective as you follow her from room. Pandora also gives you some pretty intimate instructions - “I think there might be a stain on the back of my skirt, can you have a look?" - and some angry words if you're caught peeking.
The concept of viewer involvement in porn is pretty fascinating - it wasn't until very recently that POV porn has been possible. For most of human history pornographic material was necessarily something you'd see remotely – in paintings or drawings or woodblock prints. I'm not aware of any of this material taking a 'point of view' angle – although I'd be interested to know if it ever has. Are there woodblock prints drawn from the point of view of someone receiving oral sex? I suspect it wouldn't have occurred to the artist to do it. Perhaps those who were rich enough could afford live performances, but most people could only be as close to the performers as pen and ink would allow.
I tried to find out when the first POV porn was made, and it looks like – as withmany porn innovations – it first appeared in Japan. In the late 1980s it started as a niche concept, then gradually took off.
Now, though, there are a number of ways in which porn producers and performers share intimacy with their audience. From camming to blog comments, twitter and video blogs, many performers speak directly to their viewers, sometimes as recorded messages and sometimes as live interaction. The internet is an interactive medium, and now more than ever porn consumers are able to collaborate in the porn they watch - make suggestions, request customs, and submit ideas that can be turned into hot new films. Lodger Wanted is one of a growing number of viewer requested scenes on Dreams of Spanking - others include Bathtime and The Stableboy.
Then there's POV porn – like this femdom tease video which invites the viewer to play the part of the prospective lodger, shown around Pandora's home while she flirts and teases, sashaying through the house and deliberately bending over to show off the way the tight skirt hugs her round bottom, and eventually removing her stockings and suspenders, before lounging naked on the bed and scolding you for watching her.
I like the idea of POV porn for a whole heap of different reasons. Firstly, it's pretty inclusive when you think about it – in this scene the "lodger" could be anyone, of any gender or body type. Secondly, there's an extra-sexy thrill from the feeling that the performer is addressing you directly. You're not a voyeur, you're a participant - the main character (in this case Pandora's coquettish landlady) is flirting with you.
A long time ago, playing Grand Theft Auto with a partner (I know, I know, it's not exactly the most PC of video games) we ended up in a discussion about strip clubs in games versus stripping at the cinema. Obviously there are some mainstream films with stripping scenes that are intensely hot – Salma Hayek performing a striptease with a live python in From Dusk Til Dawn, for instance – but there was something about visiting the strip club in Grand Theft Auto that both of us found more arousing. Even though it was repetitive, unrealistic, and nothing like a real strip club, it was happening to us in a way that film stripteases we'd seen had struggled to capture.
Part of it came from our involvement - we'd pressed the buttons to get our character into the club in the first place - but another significant factor was the fact that it was shot from our point of view. We were looking directly through our character's eyes, and having what felt like a more immediate interaction.
The same is true of other video games I've played. I'm not a fan of running around shooting things to collect random points, but give me a game like Mass Effect, where you build relationships with other characters and – if you're charming enough – eventually have sex with them? I'm sold.
I'm not the only one either – games developers and designers are currently working on innovative ways to use virtual reality to make our porn dreams come true. From simple POV sex videos to full-on interactive games, virtual reality hardware like the Oculus Rift means that a few years down the line, there'll be even more ways for producers to conjure the same feeling of intimacy.
Although sometimes it's good to sit back and watch, safe and sound behind a fourth wall that performers never break, there's something hot about putting yourself directly in the picture.
And if you agree, well, go and knock on Pandora's door – she's very welcoming.