Posted at 16:00 on 7 Dec 2012 by Pandora / Blake
I don't watch the Big Bang Theory, but I still enjoyed watching this snippet of a mainstream TV spanking that seems to understand our kink, as well as playing it for laughs.
Sheldon was obligated to take care of Amy while she was sick. This included rubbing vapor rub on her chest and helping her take a bath."Oh my," she murmurs, eyes wide, as the first smack lands over her jeans.
Amy hadn't realized how exciting how much intimacy getting taken care of by Sheldon could foster. So it was no wonder she kept up the ruse of being sick even longer to keep getting those moments with him.
In the end, though, Sheldon caught her. He decided that the only right thing to do was give her a punishment. When he settled on corporal punishment, she got excited at the prospect of a spanking.
"You're not supposed to be enjoying this!"
Amy's hopeful reply: "Then maybe you should spank me harder!"
Without seeing the rest of the show it's hard to say for sure, but it looks like this sequence understands something fundamental about hurt/comfort and caretaking dynamics in power relationships, and the role consensual discipline can play in that. Of course it's still spanking-as-comedy, but this whole plotline seems to be based on the idea that spanking is an extension of intimacy, and loving discipline a form of intimate attention that some people might need and want.
I wonder if Sheldon would have thought to use it as punishment if he hadn't experienced a new closeness with Amy through looking after her. Can anyone who has seen the full storyline add their opinion?