When spanking fiction is categorized, authors often warn a reader if the story has consensual or nonconsensual spanking scenes. The thought is that some may find a spanking given without the spankee’s consent to be offensive. I always find that just a bit intriguing, because mainstream readers seem to find any kind of spanking to be offensive. I would think that if we have accepted the idea of spankings in a story at all, that whether or not it’s consensual or nonconsensual really shouldn’t be an issue. It would simply be a matter of our overall taste in spanking fiction.
The January 2008 issue of Romantic Times Book Reviews has an article discussing the possible return of “forced seduction” to the romance genre. This type of sex scene was common in the 70s and even 80s, but lost reader support in the 90s. Reading that article made me wonder if fans of nonconsensual spankings in spanking fiction have changed their views over the decades. Since my own experience with reading spanking fiction only goes back to the 90s, I’m wondering if there were more stories with nonconsensual spankings prior to the 90s. I do remember that spankings were more common in historical romance novels prior to the 90s. When I did read a historical romance written before the 1990′s, the spankings I was thrilled to stumble upon nearly always were nonconsensual. This, of course, would be consistent with the period or era of historical novels.
Obviously an erotic spanking scene is likely to imply consent, but what about “forced consent” in a discipline spanking? I see this quite often in spanking fiction. Focusing on spanking scenes with adults only, forced consent in a spanking scene might be one that begins with complete resistance by the spankee, but ends with the spankee accepting the spanking and appreciating it as well (not necessarily liking it). Personally, I like both types of stories. Both consensual and nonconsensual spanking scenes must not only fit within the plot of the story, but must be reasonable within the development of the characters in the story. When all elements of a story flow together, I appreciate either type of spanking scene.
It still seems to be unacceptable to have a nonconsensual spanking scene in a contemporary romance novel. Even in erotic romance novels, there must be some element of consent between the heroine and hero. Some romance authors may be bringing back “forced seduction” to the romance genre, but I’m not seeing any sign of nonconsensual spankings returning to mainstream romance, even in the historical genre.
What is your preference for spanking fiction? Do you prefer consensual or nonconsensual spanking scenes? If you’ve been reading spanking stories since before the 90s, do you think your preferences have changed over the years? Please leave a comment, and let us know.