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Landlady Nimue Allen goes over Pandora Blake's knee for a hand spanking at Dreams of Spanking

This week we’re wrapping up our brand new three-part series Benefit in Kind, with a simmering conclusion that turns the tables on our devious landlady. This was a fun scene for Nimue Allen to shoot, because it had been a fair while since she’d last been spanked - Pandora thoroughly enjoyed getting to reacquaint her with it, and her bottom marked up beautifully!

Over the years we’ve showcased a great many IRL dynamics here, and it’s often a high point of our work. Lots of our films feature real-life couples, but those aren’t the only connections that come across beautifully on camera: real, genuine friendship between co-stars who have known each other well for a long time is just as lovely a thing to see.

Landlady Nimue Allen goes over Pandora Blake's knee for a hand spanking at Dreams of Spanking

The fictional connection between the two characters here works just as well, with the tenant immediately enjoying her newfound power (I rather think she might indulge in some recreational spankings in future!) and the landlady eagerly accepting her month-long punishment.

If you’re a fan of OTK spankings, unequal power dynamics or curvy bottoms in sheer tights, you won’t want to miss this.

A Veritable Arsenal of Implements

Pandora Blake rubs her red, sore spanked bottom at Dreams of Spanking

I always enjoy the multi-part releases we sometimes get to do here. It gives the performers a chance to really warm up to their roles, and lets them explore all the different nuances of the characters they’re playing; are they enthusiastic or reluctant as spankers and spankees? Do they take to it like a natural, or find that the reality of having their backside tanned doesn’t quite live up to the fantasy they’d constructed? Are they content with the roles they’ve chosen, or do they fancy turning the tables every now and again?

This week’s film is the second of three parts of an ongoing story, in which Nimue Allen plays a somewhat unscrupulous landlady hoping to receive some benefits in kind from new tenant Pandora Blake. Part One saw Pandora put down her deposit, in the form of a bare hand OTK spanking - the curious tenant’s first. She seemed to enjoy it, so what’s next for our unconventional couple?

Pandora Blake gets a hard hand spanking from Nimue Allen over her tights at Dreams of Spanking

Pandora isn’t too worried when time to pay up her first month’s rent rolls around, thinking she’s got this spanking thing down. Her mood shifts, however, when she realises it won’t be so easy this time: a few mishaps over the first weeks have resulted in some extra punishment due!

This is a romp through a veritable arsenal of implements, as Pandora is spanked over Nimue’s lap with a bare hand, a firm slipper, a heavy hairbrush and finally Nimue’s favourite leather paddle. The real star of the show here though is Pandora’s face, with a closeup camera giving us plenty of shots as she pouts, winces and wriggles in remorse.

I’m definitely looking forward to part three of this one - and maybe by then Pandora will have learned her lesson and cleaned up her act a bit!

Mutually Beneficial Arrangement

Landlady Nimue Allen describes the spanking arrangement to Pandora Blake at Dreams of Spanking
 

We’ve had a lot of deliciously reluctant spankees recently: schoolboys taking their punishments, naughty nurses bent over desks. This week’s release, though, is something different - a mutually beneficial arrangement with a beautiful frisson of queer desire.

Almost as soon as landlady Nimue lays out the terms of the proposed arrangement, it’s clear that Pandora might be interested in more than just a discount on her rent. Her eyes glitter with curiosity, especially once it emerges that from time to time the deal might work both ways.

The spanking itself seems a little tricky for Pandora’s character, being as she is not someone who has had such an experience before. As she wriggles and yelps under Nimue’s bare hand, though, she certainly isn’t put off by the reality of it.

Pandora Blake strokes her red, sore bottom through her tights at Dreams of Spanking

At the end, she pulls her tights back up over her sore, glowing bottom and slips back into her figure-hugging skirt. I love the idea of her travelling home like that: rosy pink underneath the sheer fabric, carrying with her the secret knowledge that she’ll be left this way once a month from now on.

A little birdie told me that this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of these two, either, so watch this space for further developments in their highly reciprocal arrangement!

Being Themselves

Pandora Blake massages Richard McLean's bottom at Dreams of Spanking

We release a lot of behind the scenes content here at Dreams, but one thing we don’t often get to see is our performers simply being themselves. Most of the time, when the camera’s on a performer is in one of two modes: either they’re inhabiting the role they’ve taken on for the shoot, or they’ve got their ‘work head’ on as they figure out practicalities and navigate comfort zones. 

This week’s film is a lovely chance to see a side of Pandora that doesn’t often make it into our content, and to meet Richard in a mode other than the ones he’s played in our recent releases. There’s a chatty, conversational tone throughout this spanking, and somehow that makes it all the hotter. The two performers have had a long day to get comfortable with each other, and now they’re having a chance to explore their likes and dislikes in a more relaxed, intimate setting.

Pandora Blake hugs Richard McLean at Dreams of SpankingThis is a fun, sexy little film, and if you’re anything like me you’ll be rather envious of Richard by the end - the chance to bottom for Pandora in their chilled out nurturing top mode isn’t one I’d pass up in a hurry.

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Fantasies are limitless. They exist on a higher plane, free from the burdens and boundaries of everyday life. The beauty of being a porn producer is that you can realise those fantasies. You can put pen to paper, turn on the camera and act out your dreams without restriction. 

That can mean that for one viewer a Dreams of Spanking film touches on their deepest desires, and for the next viewer the topic makes them uncomfortable. One person’s yuck is another one’s yum and there’s nothing wrong with that. We want to make sure you can easily find your yum, and avoid your yuck. That’s why we’re introducing content notes to the beginning of our films.

This won’t affect the films themselves - they will still be full of kinky goodness of the highest quality. It just means that at the very start of the film there will be a screen featuring content notes. You can check if the film contains something that you won’t like, and if all is well you can settle in and enjoy or you can return to the gallery and find the film that tickles your tastebuds. I’ll give you an example. Often people commission fantasies based on their memories of childhood. I see recurring themes of school and parental discipline, being told off and in trouble, feeling helpless and scared, and nostalgia for a bygone age. If age play, implied coercion, and imagining yourself into the role of a young person in trouble, might be upsetting, perhaps it's best to skip these films.

Consent starts within ourselves, and it's important to respect our own boundaries and listen to our bodies about what feels good. Our limits can fluctuate, so we can't assume that just because we enjoyed something before, it's the right film to watch right now. If something doesn't feel good to you, stop the video and do something else. And for those whose buttons are pressed by these particular themes - well, hopefully the foreshadowing will serve to heighten the excitement and anticipation.

 

A long, hard, er - detention

Pandora Blake shares a school caning fantasy with a JOI twist

For a lot of us, kinks and fetishes of all kinds have their origin stories way back in childhood. It’s pretty common to be aroused throughout our lives by whatever was around during our earliest experiences of our own internal sexuality, or by something that for whatever reason our childhoods rendered taboo (and therefore exciting). One explanation for why so many people find school uniforms arousing makes sense in this context - after all, a lot of the first people we ever fancied were wearing them at the time!

This is probably how spanking got a reputation for being a British vice. In reality it’s probably no more common here than it is anywhere else in the world, but we invented the classic public school system - the overly formal uniforms, the hierarchical culture where pupils were punished as much by other pupils as they were by school staff, the focus on canes and birches and punishment books to correct wrongdoers. It’s not as much a thing of the past as one might imagine, either: corporal punishment wasn’t banned in British state schools till 1986, and it was 1998 before public schools fully abolished the practice. There are people who were spanked or caned in British schools who are now still in their 20s and 30s.

That group no longer contains most of us, of course; I certainly wasn’t caned at my inner city comprehensive in the early 2000s. It’s difficult to apply any of the old-fashioned ideas about British schooling to my experience, really, barring perhaps the uniform - which I found a thousand different ways to personalise and cheat! So what’s my excuse?

I think some of it might come down to a sort of national nostalgia, often rather rose-tinted. I sat in my so-called “rough” state comp, with its creaky 60s prefab buildings and its somewhat humiliating OFSTED reports, reading boarding school stories and coming of age novels set in some distant but unmistakably British past. 

Our latest film, ‘A Visit to the Schoolmaster’, is playing on exactly this kind of nostalgic looking back to a past we were never quite a part of. Pandora has had a thing for public school canings since before she can remember, so she’s thrilled to have a chance to meet a real boarding school master - particularly when he turns out to still have his punishment book and his slender, biting canes. We’re told this tale while she’s dressed in full school uniform, smirking cheekily into the camera, the kind of gleam in her eyes that will get you a long detention. 

But who wouldn’t want a long detention, if they got to share it with her?

Pandora Blake shares a school caning fantasy with a JOI twist at Dreams of Spanking

On the wonders of aural sex

Paddle, flogger and dice at Dreams of Spanking

I’ve always thought there wasn’t enough audio porn in the world.

Partly that’s down to my own particular set of, er, ‘interests’. I once came just from someone talking me into it, no physical touching required, and I’ve always harboured a deep-seated interest in submissive hypnosis - I could write an essay on the wonders of a chatty dominant!

It’s not just that, though: it’s also because audio erotica lets you get lost in your own mind like nothing else does. Much as I prefer radio soaps to their televisual counterparts (because on radio the pictures are better), aural porn is as close as it gets to a two-person solo experience.

In-ear headphones help a lot with this. They sound like the speaker’s voice is right inside my own head, and that feeling has been a powerful element of some of my most memorable sexual experiences. Even when you’re alone, with audio porn there’s no barrier between you and the fantasy at hand; there’s no bright screen to keep an eye on, no variably-formatted text to squint at on your phone. You can invite the story into your mind and let yourself get lost in it.

One of the things that makes porn difficult - both to create as a performer and to find as a consumer - is that everyone wants porn that is exactly their thing. Cis men are usually the assumed viewer, especially if one’s interests run primarily to the femdom end of the spectrum (I can’t really be the only queer female sub who wants to watch femdom stuff, can I?) - and even when that’s not a problem, most of us still want to find porn where the performers are our physical ‘type’ and the setting is one that resonates.

None of that matters with audio erotica. I’m especially fond of scenes like our recent Snake Eyes where the story is essentially a monologue; the submissive is never described, never gendered, never referred to other than as “you”. The encounter could be taking place anywhere - a dungeon, a castle, your own bedroom. Zak, with her calm, commanding voice, could be anyone you wanted to put yourself at the mercy of. This is a story of random factors and precise paddling that comes tailor-made for any subby spanking fan who listens to it.

I get that humans tend to be highly visual creatures, of course, but goddamn - sometimes, I just want someone to whisper into my ear.

In the mood for both pain and pleasure

Pandora Blake's caned bare bottom at Dreams of Spanking

Pandora tells me that her latest photoset, Provoking a Caning, was shot by her real-life partner Felix, in the honeymoon phase of their early relationship. You can feel the erotic tension in these pictures. Pandora, in a sexy little black dress, is in the mood for both pain and pleasure. She poses provocatively, giving both Felix and the viewer a flash of her nipples, a glimpse of her arse and then plenty more. She knows what she wants, and she plans to get it.

Felix isn’t going to put up with the impudent teasing for long, though: soon the clear red stripes of an expertly-wielded cane start to appear on Pandora’s bum-cheeks. She’s shown bending over, with her hands on the sofa, dress rolled up and sporting a cute pair of fuck-me shoes. More cane welts appear as the set progresses, and soon Pandora is lying face down on the sofa, displaying her marks. While you never see the cane being wielded, it’s easy to imagine the impact, the swish, the thud and the sting, and Pandora’s aroused whimpers. A few face close-ups show the expression every affectionate, horny sadist loves to see on the face of a well-thrashed submissive.

Pandora Blake's caned bare bottom at Dreams of Spanking

Much of the joy in this set comes from what is not shown but can be imagined: the flirty dialogue between two people who are hot for one another and still enjoying the process of discovery; the progression from tease-and-please to lusty, urgent impact play… and then what might come afterwards. There’s something both arousing and endearing about getting a little glimpse into a private world which a couple are happy to share with us. It will warm your heart – and probably your parts as well.

Pardon me, but my straight privilege is showing

Author’s Note:
I’m going to do something I try to never do when I write: I’m going to preface this article. I wouldn’t usually, but the material is personal and incomplete and may seem a bit rambling and disconnected. However, I suspect that I’m not alone in the questions and conclusions that I’m mulling over, so please bear with me and hopefully there’s a kernel or two that resonates or contributes to a bigger conversation. 

When I set out to watch Fetish Fvckdolls 2 (which if you haven’t watched it, I’d encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience) I wasn't expecting it to be a big deal. I’ve blogged here before about how watching porn that’s “not your usual taste” or incongruent with your own desires is interesting and can be enlightening. I was pretty sure that a collaboration by queer and trans performers like Fetish Fvckdolls 2 would be just that: interesting, but not my cup of tea. 

Why? Well, I’m a straight-identifying, dominant-leaning cisgender woman who almost exclusively watches gay male chastity porn. Specific? Yup. And really kind of a world away from transfemme submission, which is the overarching  main theme running through the four vignettes in Fetish Fvckdolls 2. You can see then how I might have thought that my interest in the film would be purely academic. Interestingly, it was not.   

River Enza at the mercy of Goddess Kyaa and Dominic Rystan at Dreams of Spanking

Now, I’m not here to say that this film changed me, nor should the incomplete epiphanies on sexuality that I’m sharing here be mistaken for me jumping on a bandwagon. Neither of those are true. What does feel true, is that I’m feeling really aware of my straight privilege after watching this film. 

If you’re a straight person and that term makes you uncomfortable … I feel you. But it should make you uncomfortable. Privilege is a pervasive and dangerous thing when not acknowledged. Honestly, how two-dimensional of me to discount a film like Fetish Fvckdolls 2 as something that couldn’t touch me, something that I wouldn’t be able to identify with! How ridiculous and heteronormative of me to presume that I wouldn’t relate to these scenes. If it was mainstream lesbian porn (you know, the kind performed by cis women for the straight male gaze) would I have been so dismissive? Probably not, because I’m a straight woman who has had sex with other straight women and I’m blisteringly aware of the weight of the male gaze. But I presumed that I wouldn’t relate, or be aroused, by this. 

Confused and intrigued, I discussed my bias with my husband, who has recently (or in his words: finally) self-identified as asexual. He watched part of Fetish Fvckdolls 2 with me and commented immediately that he hadn’t even noticed that the performers were trans until the fourth vignette because he was witnessing them as human beings, rather than sexual fantasies. I was surprised by that, because for me transfemme visibility is the point of the project. He asked what would make a film like Fetish Fvckdolls 2 more “my kind of porno”. I didn’t have an answer because I was processing that actually, this is my kind of porn.  

Confused? Me too. 

Chelsea Poe sucks Pandora Blake's strap-on at Dreams of Spanking

How could I think that gay male chastity porn is more relatable to me than porn that has trans women at the heart of it? Am I secretly kind of a bigot? But I know and love so many queer and trans people! Am I not as straight as I thought? Maybe, but that’s not the primary concern for me. The concern is that even though I think I know so much about sexuality, it turns out I don't know as much as I thought. 

Yes, yes, we like what we like. The heart/loins want what they want. But it’s becoming evident to me now that the shackles of straight privilege (ie: never having to consider your sexuality or have it challenged, because it’s the cultural default setting) are just that: shackles. 

What Fetish Fvckdolls 2 taught me about myself is that heteronormative thinking is limiting because the definitions are so static. “Straight” doesn’t leave much room for variety. Any “exploration” within straight sexuality is expected to be episodic, or at the most, a phase. So when, as a “straight” person, I watched this film, it was a bit dizzying to not see the performers as fantasy objects, and to relate to them on a human level. It revealed to me things I hadn't known before about how objectifying my gaze tends to be.

Fetish Fvckdolls 2 is radical and fresh. It puts trans women at the center of each encounter. Not only are they the subjects of their own experience, they are shown in willing and delighted submission. Not here the degrading porn tropes that cast trans women as exotic freaks with hard cocks, or strip them of autonomy - no, the trans women in Fetish Fvckdolls 2 are very clearly represented as the people they are. Full stop.

Cookie Cosmos submits to Rae Cosmos at Dreams of Spanking

I learned that my erotic appetite, regardless of whom I choose to get frisky with, is essentially about the treatment and experience of the people involved, not the combination of bodies I see on the screen. I began to reflect on what turns me on and what turns me off in adult entertainment: it’s not the bodies at all. It’s the dynamics. I haven’t ignored trans porn in the past because it was trans. I've ignored it because when it’s badly done, it’s so likely to be dehumanising.

Fetish Fvckdolls 2 has been made with such smart and mindful intentions by everyone involved that the sexiness absolutely transcends all notions of genre and the limitations of what I thought I could be into. I  watched the film three times. It’s 90 minutes long. It took me almost 5 hours of watching this film and then more time processing the experience for me to begin to get my head around these personal biases and blindspots. 

What I have learned from Fetish Fvckdolls 2, what I’m so glad to begin to understand about myself, is that I like porn because I watching people fuck. Not just men, not just straight people, not just cishet couples. What I don’t like in porn is mindless and narrowly conceived narratives, and hegemonic control of my gaze. I’m not comfortable knowing that I have been a contributor to that mindlessness, a cog in the wheel of a cultural and artistic system that holds people back, misrepresents them and strips them of humanity, no matter how subtle the effect seems to be. 

Having realised that, I want to do better. I know that I won’t always get it right, but only good can come from growth and empathy. And besides, if nothing else, a whole new world of porn just opened up to me, so if you’ll forgive me, I have some catching up to do … 

Pandora Blake in a tight burgundy school skirt

Everyone varies as to how much plot they want with their porn. Some people like an elaborate, detailed storyline with properly-researched props and costumes; others want to go straight to the action. For the more mainstream stuff, ‘the action’ is usually pretty genital-oriented, but when you get into the more diverse, niche stuff, it might be something completely different. (There is, for example, an apparently- thriving sub-genre of porn which focuses entirely on close ups of women’s feet as they struggle to retain control of cars or trucks while driving in unsuitable shoes.) 

Pandora Blake ready to get spanked at Dreams of Spanking

After School Tease features Pandora Blake in her school uniform, bending over to show off her gorgeous rear in a nice tight burgundy ‘school’ skirt, and striking a succession of poses. That’s it, but it’s fascinating. Pandora’s performance somehow opens up a whole world of imaginative possibilities: what’s she doing? Is she waiting for someone? Is she going to get a whacking? The section of the film where she handles a succession of spanking implements suggests that a spanking of some description might be on the cards, and that it might well be a hard, punitive one.  However, the clip’s one line of dialogue is her complaint that her bottom is sore, so perhaps she’s waiting for some aftercare, or maybe something else? 

Pandora Blake ready to get spanked at Dreams of Spanking

It’s worth noting that there is absolutely nothing explicit on show: the first couple of minutes involve Pandora putting on her tight skirt: we see her in her knickers, school shirt and tie, and there’s something appealingly ritualistic in the way she steps into the skirt, fastens it and smooths it lovingly over her bum. For the rest of the time, she remains fully dressed, but manages to convey all sorts of enticing, kinky possibilities to come. The whole thing has a powerful vibe of anticipation: it's a very good case of ‘less is more.’

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