Sometimes I watch a spanking film and realise halfway through that I should probably be wearing headphones. The crisp smacking sounds of a particularly thorough beating, or the squeals of a protesting character, echo around the room and I belatedly realise that someone might be able to hear. Then there are the films which are so thoroughly absorbing I forget about headphones, and it’s only after the credits roll that I remember I have neighbours. This was one of the latter.
Pandora plays the school bully, and Ten Amorette the innocent schoolgirl who refuses to hand over her lunch money. What ensues is a fast-paced bondage takedown, involving girl-on-girl wrestling, spanking, struggling, and a harsh thrashing with the strap.
Pandora and Ten have an amazing chemistry, as evidenced by the fact that they can play scenes at such different ends of the roughness spectrum. This week’s spanking video couldn’t be more different in tone from the caring, erotic spanking in ‘The Surprise Present’ - that one started with a sensual flogging and ended with kisses and caresses, whereas this is rough, angry and aggressive.
I’m biased, because many of my teenage fantasies involved the idea of being punished by a prefect or older school student for some imagined or invented slight, but holy God this scene is hot. Two schoolgirls in matching sexy uniforms – white knee socks, black patent heels, and tiny short skirts – having a ferocious schoolgirl catfight that ends with the dominant one wrestling the other to the floor and stripping her skirt and knickers, and giving her a sound spanking...
It's hot not just for the dynamic between Pandora and Ten - which is smoking - or for the school uniforms complete with tiny skirts, tight shirts, and ties that are used to leave Ten bound and gagged on the floor. Or for the speed - the swift movements with which Pandora throws Ten to the ground, the struggle, the wrestling, the conflict. The extra-hot touches, like Pandora's hand clamped over Ten's mouth, smothering her cries, or the harsh slap to her face that tells her who's got the power.
It’s uniquely sexy because of the combination of all these things - because of the sheer number of knicker-moistening triggers that are effortlessly tossed into one scene. The cruelty. The resistance. The humiliation. The vicious strokes of the leather strap.
It's just the whole damn fantasy.
In January, to protest the ridiculous and damaging new UK porn laws that were brought in on 1 December 2014, making it illegal for anyone in the UK to distribute videos online which would not be classifiable with an R18 rating by the BBFC, I ran a fundraising campaign. To generate cash for Backlash, the UK organisation dedicated to defending our sexual freedoms and providing legal support for those affected by laws like this, I pledged to take one hard cane stroke for every £10 raised.
The fundraiser was a runaway success, and even with Nimue Allen standing with me, we quickly reached our self-imposed maximum of 50 hard cane strokes each and had to recruit additional bottoms to help us out. Luckily, I know quite a few people willing to bend over and take a caning for a good cause.
Our team of brave volunteers included Ariel Anderssen, better known in the spanking scene as Amelia Jane Rutherford. She pledged up to 25 strokes - which were sponsored within hours! - and she and her husband Hywel Phillips also offered to donate a free caning video as a stretch goal reward. Ariel's Judicial Caning was produced as a custom film, and they were planning to release it as exclusive members-only content on their glamour bondage site Restrained Elegance. To support the cause, they promised to publish it free online instead if the fundraiser reached its target.
Alongside Dreams of Spanking and Nimue's World, Restrained Elegance is also hit hard by the new laws - when and if the law is enforced, they will have to take down substantial amounts of content featuring full bondage of both hands and feet with a gag, or perhaps stop trading entirely. Hywel and Ariel's site is an authentic depiction of their erotic and romantic lives, and all their films are safely and consensually produced by experienced bondage enthusiasts. It's a crying shame that this sort of positive, couple-oriented adult content stands to be taken offline in the name of "protecting children", when fetish porn can provide such a necessary role in helping young people with marginalised sexualities feel less desperate and alone.
The good news is that thanks to a surge of support from the kinky community, our fundraiser raised more than we ever expected - the final figure was £3836. As promised, Ariel's Judicial Caning was released last week. It's beautifully shot by Hywel on high-end cameras, and the film really captures the anticipation and tension of a severe caning, particularly Ariel's nervous body language as she strips for punishment. The marks are gorgeous, too.
As if that wasn't enough, we've been proud to host another guest update this week, too: Knowing by Michael Stamp and Zoe Page.
Mike and Zoe are a real life kinky couple, and for years they worked together on Mike's membership site Bars and Stripes, a female-submissive spanking series set in a women's prison. Bars was one of the first sites I worked for when I started out as a porn performer and along with their good friends Northern Spanking, with whom they often shared shoots, they set the gold standard for ethical production and taking care of their performers. When I worked for Bars, I was given the opportunity to write my own character, contribute scene ideas, and the shoots were tremendously good fun, with lots of cameraderie on set, yummy food and drink and post-shoot evening parties. Playing a recurring character allowed me to get really immersed in the roleplay, which made for a more satisfying shoot experience - and allowed us to go deeper and further in terms of the intensity than if we were less invested in the narrative. Working with tops who would quickly become close friends, including Mike, Northern Spanking founders Paul Kennedy and Lucy McLean, and later Zoe Page when she joined the project, made everything that much more enjoyable.
So I was really sad to learn that, as a direct consequence of the new UK laws, Mike had sold Bars and Stripes overseas, along with all his unedited content. Northern Spanking have done the same thing, and are now based in California. This is happening everywhere I look: producers selling up, relinquishing control of UK projects that had a hugely positive effect on the UK porn industry. When the shining examples of ethical, performer-driven production shut up shop or move overseas, where does that leave UK porn?
I'm getting increasing numbers of enquiries from porn performers looking for fetish or spanking work in the UK and wanting to shoot with safe, ethical producers. More and more sites are moving their production overseas, and there are fewer and fewer producers I am able to recommend to new performers.
Not to mention that UK sites closing down or selling up will reduce the amount of good content available to UK viewers, and the influence ethically produced fetish porn can have within the UK fetish scene. If ATVOD go ahead with their long-term plan to ban all overseas content that doesn't comply with their regulations from being viewed from within the UK, by blocking it using the UK internet filter, then eventually people in the UK won't be able to view this sort of content at all.
Which is why, when Mike and Zoe produced a new sort of spanking film, which premiered at the British Fetish Film Festival last month, they wanted to help our fundraiser any way they could. Mike no longer has editorial control of Bars and Stripes, so he couldn't donate any site memberships or members-only films as stretch goal rewards. But he did offer us this film.
Knowing is a short study in the anticipation a submissive feels when they know they are about to be punished. Created by husband-and-wife team Michael Stamp and Zoe Page, this shows a side of the normally dominant Zoe that we have never seen before. It's a beautiful piece of film-making, and I love the way sound is used to heighten the emotional tension. There's also something thrilling and teasing about the way that it ends just as a normal spanking film would be about to get started. I think it's beautiful, and I'm very grateful to Mike and Zoe for releasing it.
I hope you enjoy Ariel's Judicial Caning and Knowing. I've posted them as guest updates this week because all my time and energy at the moment is going to producing and editing the sponsored caning videos which we pledged in our fundraiser. I'm also doing a lot of activism, organising and media appearances - to raise awareness of the new laws, and fight for the right of porn performers, producers, and all sex workers to do the work they choose without being criminalised and stigmatised. The Backlash sponsored caning films will all be released on Dreams of Spanking as soon as they're ready - the first one shows me caning Amelia Jane Rutherford, and will go online this Friday.
Meanwhile, thanks again to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser - the money will be invaluable in helping Backlash support producers who are targeted by ATVOD and forced to comply with the new regulations. You can still donate to Backlash here if you missed your chance before - and legal fees are expensive, so please give as much as you can afford.
While I'm focussing so much energy on the campaign, I could also use your support. Please help me continue to do this important work by joining Dreams of Spanking. For only £20 you can own our extensive archive of exclusive, members-only scenes - which are all available for you to download and re-watch as often as you wish. Behind the scenes videos, out-takes and performer interviews are also included in the same price (an idea I can credit to Northern Spanking). Please help us keep UK spanking porn alive and thriving, despite the efforts of the government to shut us down.
We've got two amazing free spanking videos up recently, both starring the inestimable Ariel Anderssen.
Twice now we've been able to see her stripped naked for the cane. In the first film, she plays a naive backpacker who has to undergo a severe judicial punishment. The second is the first sponsored caning film from Pandora's fundraiser to raise money for Backlash, and in it Ariel isn't playing a character, but taking a caning as her own darling, dry-humoured self to support the campaign against the new UK pornography laws. If you've been under a rock for the last couple of months (or if you've only just joined us - welcome to the party!) you can catch up on some of the background, as well as the fightback, in Pandora's latest blog post.
If you're new to the site, one of the best ways to get acquainted with the performers is to check out their amazing work in the archives. The Backlash sponsored caning video starts with a personal chat between Ariel and Pandora, in which Ariel explains that it's much easier for her to take a beating when she's in the guise of her spanking persona Amelia Jane Rutherford - who is, unlike sweet, submissive Ariel, a haughty brat who thoroughly deserves a beating. Going through Amelia Jane's old scenes, it's clear in most of them that she's in trouble for very good reason. Let's have a look at some of the ways Amelia Jane gets her just desserts...
Sneaking out of the house late at night to go to an 'unsavoury' gathering? Strict governess Pandora Blake has no intention with letting the girls get away with it. Amelia Jane was the one who persuaded Caroline Grey to join her on the escapade, so when they are caught, it's Amelia who gets punished first - a hard over the knee spanking from her governess followed by a flurry of sharp smacks with the paddle.
Both naughty girls get their turn over Miss Blake's knee - and their gorgeous split Victorian bloomers perfectly frame their glowing red bottoms after a thoroughly deserved spanking.
If you liked that one, then you'll enjoy the sequel, in which Amelia and Caroline enlist the help of household servant Will Savage to carry out one of their naughty schemes. This time the punishment is harsher, with Pandora Blake wielding a cruel-looking cane.
When you're told to keep your nose out of someone else's punishment, but you keep sneaking peeks as they get their bare bottom paddled, you can expect retribution. Well, that's how it works in Texas, anyway. Amelia Jane is so intrigued by Pandora Blake's punishment that she can't help staring.
Of course, her curiosity only gets her into trouble too, and soon she's got her skirt up round her waist and her knickers down taking a hard paddling herself.
This is, I think, the ultimate in deserved spankings, and I suspect this character was incredibly fun to play. Amelia Jane plays a horrible colleague, getting her office mates Pandora Blake and Caroline Grey riled up by her selfish behaviour at work. She takes credit for their good work and acts haughty and smug in the face of their justified anger, so it's really fun to watch her awful character get utterly defeated when they take justice into their own hands.
Bent over the kitchen counter, Amelia Jane endures a hard hairbrush spanking from both vindictive ladies at once, as Pandora and Caroline take it in turns to dish out painful smacks in quick succession.
One of the great things about interviews like the ones at the start and end of Ariel's Sponsored Caning is that they give you an insight into the performer's motivations and desires - what kind of spankings they like, what their limits are, and what they love about a particular scene. I think porn's always hotter when it's guided by the performer's kinks, because you get to see exactly what turns someone on, and watch people doing their favourite things in front of the camera.
Ariel was very brave during her sponsored caning of 25 hard strokes, but watching it you get the distinct impression that without the character of naughty Amelia Jane to hide behind, it hurt a lot more. When you browse our archive you'll find out what our performers like best - whether that's the type of beating, the strength or implement or - in this case - just how much your character deserves it.
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.
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'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.