Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mainstream M/M

A few years ago, I posted a couple of entries in which I expounded on the reasons I'm a spanko. A  couple of those entries involved describing some of the school paddlings I both received and witnessed. Accompanying those entries were some stills from mainstream films in which paddlings were presented. I got taken seriously to task by several of my readers for daring to include the scenes because they were gasp M/M scenes. How dare I sully the good pages of Positively Spanking with such gross and disgusting scenes. I was "supposed" to be a straight female. How could I enjoy such scenes? Well, I guess I'll use those old entries to prove the point I'm about to make.

As far as film is concerned, M/M spanking has a long history. The 1921 Buster Keaton comedy "The Boat" opens with a scene of Buster giving his son (played by his real life some incidentally) a spanking for swinging on the bow line of the ship he's just built causing the craft to rock. Many films through the ages, such as James Cagney's "Public Enemy" and Walter Huston's "Of Human Hearts" featured the male protagonist being spanked by his father as a youngster. Classic novels like "Tom Sawyer", "Barry Lyndon" and "David Copperfield" featured M/M spanking scenes and when the films were made of these novels, the directors had no qualms about including the spanking scenes. More recently, films like "Dead Poets Society", "Flirting", "The Basketball Diaries", "Dazed And Confused" and "Class Of 1999" have given us M/M spanking scenes (though in a school environment). All of these films were commercial and critical successes to one degree or another. I'm not suggesting that they were successful because they contained a scene in which a male spanked another male. I'm saying that the public at large didn't seem to be put off enough to stay away from such films. Even more recently than these examples, we've seen M/M spanking scenes on television on shows like "Titus" and "The Office". As quirky as these shows were, they were still mainstream.

At the time I did my entries, soul searching my reasons for my love of spanking, I devoted almost one entire entry to the British film "If....", a film in which a young Malcolm McDowell gets a merciless caning from his head of house at the boarding school he attends. The scene is very hard for me to watch for a couple of reasons. First, McDowell's character, Mick Travis, is very, very likable and seeing him caned sadistically is no fun. The fact that the rest of the school is assembled in such a way that they get to hear it is humiliating. And then there's the fact that a few of the students obviously think the caning is deserved, which makes it even more humiliating. Just as in "The Basketball Diaries", we're treated to a scene at the end of the film in which Travis and his caned cohorts shoot up the school. This may have been used by the respective filmmakers to show that school discipline turns ordinary young men into crazed killers, but the fact that the scenes were included, says something else, too. People apparently took it for granted that young men in school were still spanked when they got out of line. Just as I did in those older entries, I'll include scenes from those movies here.

Before I load the screen shots, just let me apologize for the poor quality of most of these photos. They reflect the poor quality of the downloads. I will also say that I have seen most of the movies or shows these shots are from. But there are a few I haven't seen and I only know the spanking. I will only give information I know to be true. So, here we go:

First up, we have a scene that most movie fans, let alone fans of M/M, know well due to the fact that it's been parodied a number of times. It's the freshman hazing scene from the coming of age film set in 1976 Texas, "Dazed And Confused". That's Ben Affleck, as senior O'Bannion, taking his turn with freshman Mitch Kramer (well played by Wiley Wiggins). The group jump the kid after a baseball game, in which Kramer was the winning pitcher. How's that for a thank you? We get the scene in slow motion and set to Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy". How fitting. By the way, the female freshmen aren't paddled in this film, but they are subjected to humiliating exercises called "air raids", which the senior girls inflict with just as much sadistic pleasure as their male counterparts.

Next, another coming of age tale (beginning to notice a pattern here?) from 1985, set in the mid-60s in fictional St. Basil's High School. The boys of St. Basil's are subjected to numerous indignities by the brothers in this film, but nothing comes close to the ending scene where five boys are rounded up and given the strap for removing the head from a statue of the saint. The boy in the photo should look familiar to fans of "Grey's Anatomy". That's Dr. McDreamy (also known as actor Patrick Dempsey) getting the strap. 

Next up, William Makepece Thackery's classic novel about an Irish rogue who finds himself married to an English countess comes to the screen, thanks to director Stanley Kubrick. "Barry Lyndon" was sumptuous film released in 1975. I saw it for the first time in 1978 and have loved it ever since. Ryan O'Neal plays the Irish upstart Redmond Barry, seen here correcting his stepson, Lord Bullingdon, for perhaps the two hundredth time. Yeah, that had to hurt.

From the past to the future in one fell swoop. The next film we'll look at is the 1984 cult classic "Class of 1999". In the future, warring street gangs terrorize inner city schools. One enterprising school principal hires robots to keep the little darlings in line, including Mr. Hardin, a former military robot. When a fight between two rival gang members breaks out on his first day in class, Mr. Hardin knows just how to handle it. He grabs the boys, puts them across his knee in turn and spanks them...hard. Mr. Hardin don't play.

Next, a television show that has garnered it share of praise and criticism while it aired, "The Office". In this episode, Steve Carrell as Michael Scott spanks his nephew, Luke (played by "American Horror Story"'s Even Peters...he got spanked on that show, too...hmmmm), who's come to work at his uncle's company. The spanking is actually well done (for television).

Now, I admit to not having seen the show the next photo comes from. It's a British show called "How Not To Live Your Life" and the episode is entitled "How Not To Deal With Teenagers". The show's hero, Don, is in a pub having a conversation about music with a couple of teenaged boys, one of whom apparently doesn't speak English. They ridicule Don because he's not "felch" enough. Don plays out four different scenarios of what he would like to do to these boys, one of which includes a bare bottom spanking. Yeah, gotta love those English. I wonder if this is "felch" enough? lol

Oh, I sense another coming of age period piece coming up. "Dead Poets Society" is a sensitive film set in a boy's school in the 1950's. Robin Williams gives a stand out performance as a teacher who employs unorthodox teaching methods and encourages his students to "seize the day". One of the students takes things a step too far when he claims to have gotten a phone call from God. The principal isn't pleased and has the young man conveyed to his office for a meeting with the Board Of Education. Oh, we get the sleeve roll too? Cool!

Next, a classic. And I'm incredibly sorry that I don't have a photo of better quality, but this was the best that I could find. This is a famous episode of "Wagon Train". John McEntyre is spanking actor Michael Burns (as Barney, one of his workers). The episode is famous because the young lady in the scene, Deborah Walley, also got a spanking. In fact, when she died, her obituary mentioned the spanking. It's a bit of a mystery to me how her spanking got to be so famous when it's barely shown. Michael Burns, on the other hand, was probably the most spanked teenager on television in the 60's.

Here we have another really famous caning scene. It's from the film "If....", in which young Malcolm McDowell gets a merciless caning from Roundtree, his head of house. He's even doing a run up, which shows you just how sadistic this scene is. Believe it not, this film got an X rating when it was released in 1968.

I haven't seen the film my next photo comes from. The film is called "Youth In Revolt". The scene seems to involve Gale O'Grady and Ray Liotta as a couple who can't deal with her rebellious son. While the mother (Ms. O'Grady) is on the phone to her ex-husband trying to get him to take the boy because she can't handle him anymore, her boyfriend (Mr. Liotta) suggests some corporal punishment for the boy. We here the young man's narration as he tells us that one of his other personalities took the thrashing. Looks like he's the one taking it to me.

Next up, one of my favorite M/M scenes in all of cinema, "The Basketball Diaries". The scene in question features a young Leonardo Di Caprio as Jim Carroll getting a serious paddling from a priest while on all fours in front of the class. This is the opening scene in the film and sets the tone for the whole thing. Poor Leo...he just can't get a break. He has a promising basketball career ahead of him, but like a lot of kids in the 60's, drugs caused him to take a detour on the road of life. I'm not sure what films like this say about society as a whole, but this photo shows that Leo is pretty spankable.

Now, on to some nice British Navy discipline. This is an episode of "Hornblower" and while I haven't seen the whole thing, I'm familiar with this activity. Young Mr. Wellard is doing what used to be known as "kissing the gunner's daughter". In other words, he's getting a thrashing over a cannon. This miniseries was beautifully filmed and highly acclaimed and it had every one's favorite bad guy, David Warner as the sadistic captain.

I actually only watched the show our next photo comes from a few times. It was pretty ahead of its time. The show is called "Titus" and it's based loosely on the life and stand up routine of its star, Christopher Titus. He's the sensible one in a completely dysfunctional family. In the scene in question, the father, Ken Titus (played by Stacey Keach), spanks his younger son Dave while Christopher watches from the "neutral space", a black and white set that he used to narrate and offer his insights. He comments on his father's "special way" with children. Again, I have to apologize for the quality of the clip I got this from. Obviously, this was the days before hi-def.

Next up, a British film from 1983, which was also highly acclaimed. In "Another Country", Rupert Everett plays Guy Bennett, a gay student having an affair with another student. A young Colin Firth plays his socialist roommate. The film seems to say "It's OK to be gay, old chap. Just don't get caught being gay." Bennett's behavior is beginning to get noticed so the "Gods" get together and decide something has to be done. They call Bennett in for a caning. The seen is dark and somber, as seen in the darkness of the room here. He is unceremoniously bent over a chair for his strokes.

Anyway, I'm sure you get the idea now. M/M has been going on in mainstream films for a very long time. I don't know what the fuss is, as a spanko, about having it openly at spanking parties or why it's so odd that some people enjoy these types of videos. And in case anyone wants to cry "foul" and say I never did the same for M/F, go back a couple of years and you'll see at least three entries devoted to great M/F scenes. 

I'm quite sure there are gentlemen who enjoy the homoerotic elements of some of these scenes. But also there are people like me, who just enjoy a good M/M scene and see no reason why these scenes shouldn't be as celebrated as all those classic M/F scenes.