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Spanked in Uniform: the fourth detention

Posted at 18:49 on 4 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

Wow, the last two weeks have been CRAZY. I'm normally busy, but this last fortnight I've barely been home. Work events in London; two days filming in Holland for Spanked in Uniform with Amelia-Jane Rutherford; a lightning turnaround before a weekend away with friends; another super-fast turnaround before a two day shoot with Caroline Grey and Adele Haze for my site; guests staying all this week and I'm about to head back to London for a wedding. I've barely had time to draw breath, and pretty much fell off the internet entirely apart from keeping up with the bare minimum of email. So I'm sorry for the radio silence, but I should be back to my normal routine from next week and have more time to tell you about all the awesome things I've got up to in the meantime. (Starting with that play session I promised to tell you about on Twitter!)

I had an absolute blast shooting with SIU and Amelia-Jane. We'd been asked to come up with some scene ideas - trickier than it sounds for two performers who are also producers, and already have an outlet for their original ideas. So we put our heads together on the Eurostar journey (which we spent chattering away about kink, life, love, sex, filmmaking and everything else, much to the entertainment of our fellow passengers) and decided that we definitely preferred scenes in which we were punished for doing fabulous, or at the very least interesting things.

As brand new cadets in the Montgomery Miiltary Academy we didn't really get a chance to do anything fabulous, so we made up for it in the other series. Hence Nurse Amelia getting caned by me and Doctor Mike for putting on a puppet show in the geriatric ward, and our schoolgirl characters earning themselves a term's worth of detentions by starting an unofficial online St Catherine's magazine (called Pussy Catz), full of satire, politics, fashion and unflattering caricatures of the teachers. (My St Catherine's girl had previously got into trouble for posting pictures and badmouthing teachers online - clearly, she hadn't learned her lesson!)

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, featured photos, Performers and producers, Photos, school uniform, shoot writeups, Spanked in Uniform


Caning Californian-style

Posted at 21:09 on 6 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

So. I promised to tell you the story of the scene that made me purr.

Monday evening two weeks ago; my only night home with Tom between a sequence of trips away. Hopeful of spending some time with him after our squash game, I'd bathed, shaved my legs, and put on a short dress before dinner - just in case. My hopes were rewarded when a cuddle evolved into a lovely spanking over his knee.

Well, I say lovely. I find Tom's hand spankings harder to take than many implements. Even when he's being deliberately gentle and restrained, I still have to summon all my courage not to squeal and try to wriggle free. I like it, of course - but it does sometimes feel as if my bravery goes unremarked, because he underestimates how hard his hand spankings are to take. And I am ever proud, even in submission - perhaps especially in submission - and thirsty for praise after accomplishing something difficult.

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Tags: cane, dominance and submission, kink, meta-analysis, Photos, Thomas Cameron


Anatomy of a pinup

Posted at 14:26 on 8 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

I love this recent interview with sex performer and educator Annie Sprinkle, in which Annie talks about sex work, polyamory, ecosexuality and taboos with refreshing frankness. I particularly enjoyed these snippets.

On bad sex:

When I was very promiscuous, I liked all kinds of sex. I could enjoy bad sex on a bizarre level. Bad sex can be interesting and fun. Ive said it before, theres junk sex, health sex, and gourmet sex. I have a range of tastes. If youve never have bad sex, then you probably have played it really safe, and havent tried hard enough to find the really great sex. Bad sex happens.

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Tags: Annie Sprinkle, Body positivity, Performers and producers, polyamory


Clover's first birching

Posted at 17:53 on 10 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

Often it's an image that catches my attention first. Lighting, colour, composition - all these can snag my gaze and draw me in. But I look at bodies, too, hungry in particular for representations of the sorts of bodies you see all the time in real life and rarely in erotic imagery. Curvy bodies, for instance. Brown bodies. Male bodies.

I hope Clover won't mind my saying this, but it was definitely her figure that caught my eye in these pictures of her recent birching scene with English Spankers. She has a beautifully narrow waist, muscular midriff and shapely legs, and her skintone is complemented perfectly by the rich wood tones of the room she's photographed in. Once looking, however, it's the content that keeps my attention, particularly the text telling me that these are pictures of her first ever birching.

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Tags: birch, Body positivity, bondage, Clover Rock, English Spankers, interviews


Weekend hyperkinks #1

Posted at 19:34 on 11 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

I spend quite a lot of time sharing links and chatting on Twitter. I know not everyone uses it, but often some of the most memorable online moments of my week go past on there and are quickly lost again in the fast-moving stream. I see a lot of interesting articles, sexy pictures and videos which I don't have anything more to say about (and so aren't worth turning into a blog post of their own) but which are worth archiving and giving a wider audience. So I've decided to start a weekend roundup of the most worthwhile links I've seen or posted on Twitter each week, to provide the highlights for all you conscientious objectors, and save them from getting lost among the ephemera.

Since this is the first one, I'm going to cheat a bit and go back a bit longer than a week. I've got some older bits and pieces saved up as well for thin weeks, but mostly I'll try and keep it current.

D came up with the "hyperkinks" pun; a shining example of why programmers should never be allowed to name anything. I liked it but thought maybe I should go for something less geeky, like "kinky bookmarks", but I was outvoted by the Twitter crowd. Who are, um, clearly a representative sample set... I'm sure there's a lesson in here about participation, geekiness and democracy, but I shall restrain myself. On to the hyperkinks!

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Tags: Extreme porn legislation, Female gaze, Furry Girl, Gender politics, hyperkinks, Kink activism, Politics, porn production, Queer politics, Sex worker rights, slutwalk, Triple A Spanking


Deserved vs undeserved punishments

Posted at 21:58 on 14 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

1."Real" punishment in spanking porn

One of the most popular tropes in spanking porn is the concept of the performer being consensually punished on camera for some real misdeed, and experiencing genuine feelings of remorse, catharsis and release in the process. Real Life Punishment, Dallas Spanks Hard and Strictly Spanking all focus exclusively on this sort of scenario. A lot of people want to believe that the scenario they're watching is, to some extent, psychologically "real".

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Tags: Fantasies, Gender politics, meta-analysis, Northern Spanking, Queer politics, Real life punishment


Close Friends

Posted at 13:17 on 18 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

The title of the most recent photoset of mine to be published on Northern Spanking is a little ironic. I haven't been in touch with the artist formerly known as Niki Flynn since she left the scene in 2009, although mutual friends assure me that she is well and happy. But when she was still Niki Flynn, it felt like we did become close friends. The NSI shoot in December the previous year was the first and only time we ever shot together, and looking at it brings back a whole load of memories.

This photoset explored one of the "grown-up" scenarios we both enjoy as a counterpoint to the endless (if still fun) schoolgirl scenes, and Niki was the perfect person for it. Elegant, graceful, a consummate professional, she was a pleasure to work with. Here's the blurb:

Lifelong friends Niki and Pandora are enjoying a genteel afternoon tea together on a stormy afternoon, when Niki's husband (Michael Stamp) arrives home with a face like thunder. His Saturday has been ruined due to Niki forgetting to renew his golf club membership. Imagine the embarrassment of being barred from the first tee at the Royal & Ancient.

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Tags: cane, kink, making a scene, Michael Stamp, Niki Flynn, Northern Spanking, otk spanking, Performers and producers, Photos, Roleplay


On capitalisation conventions

Posted at 22:44 on 19 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

I found myself nodding as I read this post by Not Just Bitchy, on the reasons why she dislikes the BDSM convention of capitalising the start of names, pronouns and nouns relating to tops, and using lower case for names, pronouns and nouns relating to bottoms. Her case rests on three points: it's hard to read, it drags others into a scene space without their consent (if used in public - people doing this in private emails to each other is their own business), and:

It puts all dominant identified people above all submissive identified people, which Im really uncomfortable with. Dominant people as a group are absolutely not better, more worthy of respect, than submissive people as a group. Outside of silly capitalization rules, pronouns in English are only capitalized when referring to God. Equating dominant people to a supreme being like that is ridiculous.

I first started reading about BDSM online at the age of 15, and I was very attracted to the formal structures and protocol which people used. My first relationship with Tom employed a lot of protocol, which aligned neatly with the verbal conventions I encountered online. I've always got annoyed by people capitalising My, Your, His, Her - I find it disrupts the flow of a sentence and always comes across as pretentious and arrogant, particularly when tops use it to refer to themselves. But in blogging about my relationships I got into the habit of capitalising Sir, my Lord/s, Dominant. Even once I started thinking more critically about sexual politics, some of these habits persisted.

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Tags: dominance and submission, Gender politics, making a scene, meta-analysis, other pictures, those crazy kinksters


Defining 'fairtrade' porn

Posted at 21:25 on 21 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

One of the concepts I've been talking about a lot lately is that of "fairtrade" porn. This contrasts with feminist porn, which has a specific gender political agenda: whether porn is fairtrade or not does not to refer to the content of the porn, but rather how it was produced and the relationship between performers and producers.

The simplest type of fairtrade porn is homegrown - 'amateur' movies produced by couples, or solo performers running all aspects of their own business. When director, performer, producer and web salesperson are all the same person, chances are no-one's being exploited or treated disrespectfully. The bigger the company and the more employees it has, the harder this sort of thing is to manage.

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Tags: Fairtrade porn, Gender politics, meta-analysis, other pictures, Performers and producers, Sex worker rights


66 cane strokes

Posted at 19:18 on 22 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

By the time Tom and I made it to the bedroom last Friday night, we were already high on each other's company. Talking, drinking, smoking, dreaming, talking: we began on the economics of abundance as related to the porn industry, and ended up designing businesses for our future, building castles (or perhaps brothels) in the air. We are overflowing with plans and dreams, enough for several lifetimes, more than we can ever realise. That's not the point. The point is how tuned in to one another we get when inspiration starts to flow, when we knuckle down to the business of discussing logistics and viability. It's nice to have a plan down every avenue we can visualise, but both of us are prepared for unseen doors to open. We aren't trying to map the future accurately; we aren't pinning our hopes on any of these projected routes. The castles are fun to build even if we never get to live in them.

When we reach the bed we're sparkling, alive, connected. We put down the props of conversation (wineglasses, ashtrays); our non-physical communication requires the introduction of different tools. A bolster and two pillows for me, a slim crook-handled cane for him.

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Tags: cane, dominance and submission, featured photos, kink, Photos, Thomas Cameron


Caning Amelia

Posted at 19:58 on 28 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

I was perhaps unreasonably excited by the opportunity to cane Amelia-Jane Rutherford on my last shoot with Spanked in Uniform. Mike asked us if we were happy doing any F/F scenes, and I knew that Amelia-Jane didn't enjoy switching on film. But to be honest, that wasn't the reason I volunteered. I've only recently tried my hand with the cane, and I've discovered that my love for the implement goes beyond power orientation. Spanking someone I can take or leave, on the whole (certain people excepted). I've done it on camera and for the most part, it hurts my hand and makes me feel foolish. The first few smacks are quite amusing, but after that I find myself losing interest and don't quite know what to do next. But put a cane in my hand and suddenly all those toppy impulses come to the fore.

Topping or bottoming, I'm confident with the cane. It's my implement of choice, and the more I play with it, the more new things I try, the firmer that preference seems to be. When I'm bottoming, whether on camera or in bed, the cane puts me in my comfort zone. I always know that I can take it. Used at full force, it will make me yell rather than murmur - but it still makes me feel secure, strong. That confidence carries over when I'm the one wielding it. I love practising my skills, the rush of delight at a stroke well delivered. It feels a bit like showing off, but in the best possible way. I know it sounds kind of stupid, but it almost feels a bit like holding a magic wand, and sending a rush of energy flying through the air and into the other person.

I still don't feel like much of a switch. Occasionally a service top; a voyeur; definitely a bit of a sadist. But when given the opportunity to cane someone I start to feel a bit like I think tops must feel. Calculating - carefully judging - empathic - wondering how hard I can push - curious to try. Absolutely riding the wave of a power trip. It's a taste that surprised me, and I entirely blame the cane.

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, cane, featured photos, meta-analysis, Performers and producers, Photos, Spanked in Uniform, switching


e[lust] #27

Posted at 13:01 on 30 Jun 2011 by Pandora / Blake

Photo courtesy of A Bedroom Blog

Welcome to e[lust] - Your source for sexual intelligence and inspirations of lust from the smartest & sexiest bloggers! Whether youre looking for hot steamy smut, thought-provoking opinions or expert information, youre going to find it here. Want to be included in e[lust] #28? Start with the rules and subscribe to the RSS feed and Twitter for updates and submission reminders.

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Tags: Blogging, elust


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