I reckon the hottest thing about this week’s release - Beating the Competition, starring Pandora Blake, Rebecca Belacqua and Kelley May - is in the tension and contrast between how Kelley is speaking and what’s actually going on in the room.
Because the thing is, she’s perfectly calm. Her tone is rather dry, in fact; she’s delivering a standard training session to one of her employees, making sure they’re up to scratch for an impending promotion. The way she speaks is measured and informative, like this is just another day on the job for her.
Rebecca, on the other hand, is exposed and squirming, deeply humiliated and blushing bright red on both sets of cheeks. She’s gasping and crying out, struggling with impacts both physical and psychological. This is a brand new experience for her, and one she hadn’t imagined would be quite this intense.
There’s something deeply intriguing about that contrast - particularly given that, by the conceit of the plot, Kelley herself must have had this experience too at some point in the past. Her face sometimes betrays her real feelings; her voice is calm, but from the way she’s looking at her compromised employee you can tell she’s enjoying this as much as we are.
Of course, this isn’t the only spanking in the film - and Kelley’s lesson gets an immediate reprise as power rebalances itself once again! After all, it’s only fair that Rebecca gets a chance to put her new skill into action now she’s officially Pandora’s superior.
I love the implied backstory to this scene. A couple, play partners; perhaps they spend time together as ordinary people in the real world and perhaps they don’t, but either way there’s this series of letters that pass between them. Each letter contains a set of instructions. Meet me at your place, in a nightclub, book this hotel room. Wear silk or strip naked; lay the implements out on the bed; present yourself in this or that way. Leave your next letter out on the nightstand with my name on the envelope. Wait for me.
And now we’ve got a chance to see inside this silent relationship, this secret that they’re both keeping not because they’re ashamed or awkward - both parties seem completely at ease with themselves here, in fact, each basking in their own enjoyment - but because there’s something undeniably sexy about it. Something silent and secret, a memory they can cherish for weeks until their next assignation.
Wait for me.
There’s a lot we’ve all missed over the past two years: nights out on the town, dinner and drinks in a mate’s living room, getting bent over and thrashed by anyone we don’t live with full time. For a lot of us it’s been a frustratingly punishment-free episode, cut off as we are from time physically spent with so many of our partners and friends. Performers aren’t immune to this, either; there’s been a lot of talk in the spanking porn world lately about needing to rebuild a pain tolerance and noticing how much more quickly skin bruises and marks when it’s been a while since it was last beaten.
There’s upsides to this, of course. It gives everyone a chance to brush up on their communication and negotiation skills, especially when two people who’ve played together a dozen times find their limits have changed a little in the interim. We’ve also got to see some absolutely stunning lines and welts, even on the bottoms of people who don’t usually do more than redden!
Besides which, that extra sting can be a lot of fun to watch. We get the impression that Pandora’s character in this week’s film has been thrown over her Uncle’s lap before - but this is her first evening out at a party since the lockdowns, and she’s a little out of practice as she kicks and whimpers under his hand. Lana, too, seems keen at first, but when David fetches his cane she soon comes to regret her enthusiasm.
In the end they’re both left with bright red backsides on display as they hold up their pretty dresses - and after such a long break, their stripes do look so very beautiful.