There’s always been a rather Sapphic edge to the dynamic between a lady of noble birth and her slightly less privileged companions. This is particularly true in Victorian and early 20th century settings, where two unattached women might find themselves alone together for extended periods of time and bound by convention not to form real bonds with either the servants or the menfolk. In a world where emotive expression is not encouraged and intimacy is confined to closed doors and dark corners, human beings look for connection. Plus, you know...that power dynamic is hot as hell.
Which is precisely the conclusion reached by Miss Bower, the titular Lady’s Companion played by Rosie in this week’s release.
She mostly took the job out of necessity, we suspect; she needed to find a husband, which would be easier in the company of Lady Pandora than from her own reduced circumstances, and she needed to support herself in the meantime, which the house and wage on offer would enable her to do. And if her new mistress’s idea of discipline seems a little draconian...well, it’s a small price to pay.
Once she’s been there a while, though, she makes a startling discovery. There’s much more to learn from this rich widow than simply etiquette and connections - Coleridge and his “woman wailing for her demon-lover” give Miss Bower quite a start - and as for the discipline, well, it turns out there’s more to like about that than she could ever have imagined.
There’s a fun moment in the backstage footage where Rosie remarks that her character is clearly never going to marry - the two of them will be quite happy together for a long time yet, she suspects. I can’t say I can blame her.
A small slice of history for you this week: Ms. Howard’s Little Girl was the first fan-requested, multi-performer custom film Pandora ever shot, and it was originally made way back in 2009. At the time it went unreleased, but if you’re a longstanding member you will have seen some of this footage before.
2013’s My Inner Little Girl is one of our best films. It’s a lot of fun to watch, it’s a gorgeous representation of what we’re trying to do here and it’s one Pandora had a great time making. Part of what makes it work so well is the fantasy sections, which are full separate little scenes in which this otherwise solo film acquires a co-star. Those daydreams came from this shoot: you’ll spot some of them in this week’s release, and the others originated in a film called Tammy’s Shame that we’ll be releasing in a few weeks time.
There are reasons we chose not to publicly release all this footage the first time around. The plot is a little hokey, and it has such a wealth of detail and description that our performers weren’t able to get entirely off-book. But as a team we’re better at editing and producing films now: this doesn’t look like footage we shot last week, but it has come together into something we think is well worth getting out there at last.
We all love My Inner Little Girl, we all love Zoe Montana and we all love stumbling across some unreleased spanking content - so we’re thrilled to finally bring you Ms. Howard’s Little Girl, and we think you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as we have.
After two years of communicating in a more online way than ever before, many of us have seen sides of other people’s lives that we never thought we would. We’ve met our colleagues' cats, seen our therapists' kitchens and had late-night conversations in our friends' bedrooms - and learned all kinds of things about them as a result.
My Lesbian Goth Girlfriend joins a whole new genre of ‘video chat fiction’ inspired by the ways we’ve communicated with each other throughout the pandemic. Emma’s playing the part of an inexperienced spankee in a new relationship, blushing and giggling over Zoom as she fills her best friend in on all the salacious details. Of course, when Pandora overhears their chat she’s struck by a singularly revealing notion - and we get to peep in through the webcam while she carries it out.
The end result is a very red bottom and a friendship taken to a whole new level by a quick catchup video call. And as an added bonus, both of our performers really do look great in those outfits - and Emma’s resoundingly through hairbrush spanking must have been sore for hours after the shoot was over!
It’s a pretty popular trope in spanking stories for the spankee to try and put a brave face on it. There’s a bunch of ways it can play out: an unrepentant schoolboy refusing to be cowed by a strict headmistress; an eager submissive who wants to please their dominant by taking a punishment beautifully; a fierce rival unwilling to give her opponent the satisfaction of seeing her squirm.
This week’s release is a whole new take on that story. The core plot of this film is one we’ve done before - “sales exec spanked by boss for missing deadline” is a fun dynamic, but not a new one to us. In this case though it’s framed as a sort of social media prank; the firm has a popular YouTube channel, and the whole film is actually a video published to their many viewers.
What really makes it hot is the effect that has on Eryn’s responses and behaviour. The YouTube channel is mostly their project - these are their subscribers watching, their fans seeing her humiliated and exposed. They want to make good content and come across as a competent professional, but to do that they needs to keep up the veneer of a fun, cheerful YT prank punishment even as the blows rain down on their soft bare buttocks and thighs.
All told it’s a great twist on a popular story, and genuinely funny to boot - this is one you won’t want to miss.
One of the categories this week’s release has been filed under is “complex consent”, and the consent dynamics going on in this film are indeed complex - as is the balance of power. Sarah’s the one getting spanked, bottom bare and school shoes kicking in the air, but she could blow this whole thing wide open at any moment. She’s not even getting anything material out of the deal; she’s only here as a favour to a friend.
She stares directly at said friend the whole time she’s having her backside tanned with a hairbrush. There’s pain in her expression - after all, she’s having her backside tanned with a hairbrush! - but I reckon there’s an element of challenge to it, too. “You’ll owe me for this one, John.”
John, for his part, seems...a little guilty and awkward, perhaps, but not entirely unhappy about the situation. Sarah does look so very pretty in her school uniform and pigtails, after all, and it’s a beautiful bottom to watch as it’s exposed and reddened.
All told, this little film has a surprising amount of depth to it - and I can’t help but wonder what kind of revenge Sarah might one day try to enact...
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.
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.
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 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!
One of our favourite things to do here is bring our performers’ dreams and desires to life. We’ve published a lot of content that is based on and directed by the fantasies of the people in it; it’s part of why we started this venture in the first place!
This week’s feature gave us an opportunity to do just that for Richard McLean. It was shot as part of a whole day’s worth of filming, and Richard was kept pink and glowing the whole time - rounding it off with his delicious Good Boy Spanking, released a few weeks ago. That’s the delicious thing about this video: the knowledge that the performer was going through the same thing as his character, all day long.
Of course, outside of fantasy-land there are a few other things to keep in mind - most importantly the happiness and comfort of the people who star in our films. The behind-the-scenes film released alongside Kept Pink All Day is a great example of what this looks like in action: there were a few moments during filming where Richard started to find his spankings difficult to take, and the rest of the cast (plus Pandora, of course!) had the opportunity to work together on finding a way to keep everyone enjoying themselves. It’s refreshing not only to hear Richard share how he feels like his spanking fetish and his pain threshold sometimes contradict each other, but also the way that Kelley and Pandora validate him and reassure him about that.
Kept Pink is a wonderful blend of erotic spanking fantasy and touching real-life compassion, and a perfect opportunity to enjoy Richard’s beautifully punished bum over and over again.
Here’s a thing I’ve learned from the past fifteen years of doing BDSM with people: sometimes it’s the smallest details of a scene or a dynamic that stick with you the most.
Our new release for the week sees Pandora wearing what is referred to in the film as the “punishment dress”; a pretty, flouncy frock that, when combined with her frilly pink knickers, makes up the outfit her character wears every time she’s earned a spanking from her husband.
It’s just an incidental detail, really. In and of itself, the dress doesn’t seem like much of a punishment - it’s not particularly slutty or exposing, there’s nothing inherently humiliating about it. It’s just a dress; one you could wear out to the pub, or in the office with a nice sharp blazer. But it’s the dress her husband has her wear every time he punishes her, the dress she’s had pushed up to her waist a hundred times.
Just think what that would be like after a while. Any time you saw it hanging in the wardrobe, you’d get a little thrill of excitement at all the memories it holds. Any time he told you to put it on, you’d know exactly what was happening without his needing to say another word.
His Spanked Wife is a lovely window into domestic discipline: the anticipation, the obedience, the remorse, the tenderness. You can see the love these characters have for each other in the way the wife kneels at the husband’s feet when they’re done, the sense of calm relief she seems to feel. But my favourite little detail, I think, is that knee-length, plain black punishment dress.
Watching Tight Trouser Tease got me thinking about bodies; my body, others’ bodies and just how much we are up against in terms of understanding and accepting our bodies. In this film, Pandora talks about the changes to their body during pregnancy and how delightful it has been. It led me to a few questions, the most challenging of which was: If loving our bodies is good for us, as we can hopefully all agree it is, why then do we appear to be in an almost global crisis when it comes to physical self esteem?
There is a lot of talk about bodies in media and culture right now, from censorship to sex work, to reproductive rights, gender autonomy, body image, and let’s not forget the age old debate of Fit v. Fat. Our bodies are constantly under scrutiny. One would think that with the world at large so up in arms about who can do what with their body, and the unreasonable “norms” we are expected to conform to, that we’d be kinder to ourselves in light of all that negativity. Sadly, these wounds run deep for so many, and getting out from under that systemic microscope can be a significant challenge.
Like many, I have personally been on a crusade to heal and improve my self-image of my body. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I have definitely picked up some jewels of wisdom along the way. Everyone’s path is different in this regard, but here are some reminders and strategies that I have found useful in navigating “body positivity”:
Habits are hard to change, but not impossible
Our words and actions are more powerful than we sometimes realize. One way in which this seems almost universally true is self-talk. If every morning while you brush your teeth you stare into the mirror and tell yourself how good, miraculous and worthy your body is, and how proud you are of all it accomplishes, you will inevitably be able to better embrace and accept your body than if you scowl and criticize and bully yourself.
But here’s the rub: that’s so much easier to say than do. It takes awareness, commitment and dedication to change those inner monologues. Be gentle with yourself. If you catch yourself being harsh, ask yourself if you’d say those same things to a friend or family member? You deserve the same respect you give others.
My body does an awful lot for me, and I bet yours does too. Sure, mine doesn’t rock climb or run very fast, it’s soft where it’s told it should be firm, but it’s mine, and I’m grateful for it. Health, disability, past trauma and how you were raised to feel about your body can all contribute to not feeling very grateful for the body you have.
An interesting and eye opening exercise is to literally take stock of your body and find all the reasons that it’s so great. Start at your feet and work your way up, finding positive things to say about as many parts of yourself as you can without solely acknowledging how things look. I don’t love the aesthetics of my legs, for example, but telling myself that they are too short and thick to be sexy won’t help me feel good about myself. Noting that they are strong and they take me places and allow me to do the things I love to do, makes me an ally of my legs. Suddenly we are on the same team - and I have bestowed value on them that is not just about how they look.
Bodies are ever-changing … and that’s a good thing!
If you stopped reading this article and looked at your body right now, you would find that much like all other bodies, regardless of size, fitness, wellness, etc, your body is constantly in flux. Our bodies are not static. They are ever changing, and forever giving us new and important information. It is easy to slip into thinking that the iteration of our body that we used to have when we were younger, or the body we could have if only we stopped eating dessert, are superior to the bodies we have right now. But if you wish that you could love your body more, you have to start loving it now. That sounds reductive and oversimplified, but it’s true.
How? Meet yourself, and your body, where you are.
If you want to make changes, do. Or not! But I can tell you this: it’s easier to change your body if you already love it before you ask it to change.
Take your body where it is appreciated
Working on your own body acceptance and celebration is a worthy effort, and something that can be very inspiring to those around you. But if you are met with hostility or resistance from others, or you’re simply tired of being caught up in someone else’s thoughts and feelings and projections about their own body, you owe it to yourself to manage your exposure to those sources of negativity. In short, don’t let anyone derail your efforts or convince you that you are any less worthy than you believe you are. If someone in your life is unable to be respectful and keep their negative comments to themselves, take your body where it is appreciated.
Being able-bodied, fit, thin, beautiful, etc. is not your cost of admission to a fulfilling life. You don’t owe anyone anything in terms of how your body looks or works. The more you believe that the less they can impact you with their own miserable agenda.
For most of us, it is a long and circuitous road to body acceptance and body love - but every journey begins with a single step, and only you can know what it is that you need to navigate in a world gone mad with impossible beauty standards and endless sources of shame. I’ll leave you with a quote from the groundbreaking 90’s African American girl group Salt-N-Pepa’s hit, I Am the Body Beautiful, that I have always found inspiring:
“There ain't enough words to express how I feel
I'm body beautiful, true, that's for real
Am who I am and that's all I can be
Open up your mind so your eyes can see”