I’m tired of the old cliches and stereotypes in spanking stories. May I please recommend a new spanking hero, Fearsome Teacher Mom***? FTM for short. If you dare. Because if she happens to be vertically short, you might just lose a life. Or be forced to eat your vegetables.
I’ve been thinking about stereotypes of F/F fiction (because it is rather marginalized within the spanking-story universe and therefore has a smaller pool of stories available) and how most of the stories fall under the categories of mom/aunt/landlady/neighbor/headmistress/governess or a romantic relationship, usually live-in. I would be hard-pressed to find an F/F story that isn’t one of the two. They’re all well and good, but what about agape? What about pure discipline? Or discipline within the love of a friendship?
I have nothing against schoolgirl-gets-spanked-by-her-teacher stories, but they tend to be very similar to each other. As a student myself I admit that at least one of my teachers, if she had been of the spanking sort, would gladly have scorched my bottom more than once if she could have. Nor do I have anything against a completely unrealistic role-play or fantasy between two (or more) people playing together to have silly fun. It’s just that…if someone is going to use a stereotype for a spanking story setting and ask readers to suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy the story, let’s do it right. Is the girl of majority age? What safety precautions are put in place? How does the teacher negotiate being a good influence vs. someone abusing power and violating professional trust and ethics?
Same thing goes for the maternal-type of spanking stories. These are generally about a girl who is alone, lost, needs correction, and finds someone to rescue and guide her. With lots of spankings. Or, in the case of actual mother spankings, someone who has been indulged or spoiled and now will be spanked to establish authority.
I have nothing against these stories either, but would a parent truly take a belt to a 22-year-old “child”? Would that really solve everything and make everything all right? Wouldn’t a thoroughly spoiled and rebellious 22-year-old say, “Heck with you!” and hit the road? What kind of person would truly be changed so drastically by a serious spanking?
I’m not talking about lovely fluffy escapist fantasies. I like them, too. We all secretly do, even if we don’t admit it.
But if I read a spanking story, I want to at least care enough about the characters to care what happens to them. If the premise and plot are so ridiculous that it could never happen, it’s difficult to care. Does it have to be absolutely, positively real-to-life? No. I don’t really want to know if someone passes gas while being spanked or…well…lots of other things I won’t inflict on you right now.
On the other hand, sometimes a story that uses a stereotype is powerful because it takes that stereotype, treats it with respect, develops flesh-and-blood characters with nuance and complexities, and then instead of being a cliche the stereotype becomes a shining universal truth.
But what about our new superhero, you ask? Why, what better than to combine the two cliches into a truly formidable opponent.
Fearsome Teacher Mom.
When I was in elementary school, there were plenty of kids whose moms were teachers. Woe to you if your mom taught in the same school. There were no words to describe your fate if your school was small enough that you were in her class.
Don’t get me wrong. Teacher Moms *are* our unsung heroes. Not only do they cook and clean and grocery shop and supervise homework in between all of their lesson planning and parent-teacher conferencing and sucking up to administration, they have to force an entire school district to come to a halt for people to realize what a huge impact they have on the lives of our children. (Teacher Dads are great, too. It’s just that often, though not always, Teacher Dad comes with a partner or spouse to help. And, though of course there are wonderful exceptions, more often than not it’s Teacher Mom who takes on a larger share of home and child work than Teacher Dad.) Teacher Moms take on saving the world one child and one classroom at a time.
But if we are going to start a new spanking story stereotype, I vote for Fearsome Teacher Mom. The old spanking story cliche of “If you mess up at school and get punished, you’ll get it again when you get home” takes on new proportions when retribution lies just down the hallway in room 24A. When you are sent to the principal’s office and the principal says to you sternly, “Do I need to talk to your mother about this?”
Somehow, it’s all a little scarier when said mother is less than a 5-minute walk away.
Lest this sound too intimidating, let me point out the benefits of having Fearsome Teacher Mom. Forgot to get a permission slip signed? Bully takes your lunch money? Just ask for a hall pass to visit Fearsome Teacher Mom. Your teacher is mean? Teachers are skilled at dealing with problem parents who never admit their children are at fault, so if is *their* child being treated unfairly they know how to work the system. You can blow off an annoying parent who clearly is clueless, but you can’t blow off a colleague. Fearsome Teacher Mom knows what her kids deserve, and either they get it or everyone will be sorry.
Oh, and best of all about having Fearsome Teacher Mom?
If school gets let out early because of bad weather or an emergency, you always have a ride home.
***Ana and Governing Ana do not sanction or encourage the spanking of actual real-life children. Why waste on them what they can’t appreciate?