FEMALE DISCIPLINARY MANUAL
The one definitive guide to female corporal punishment
Can female corporal punishment be treated in all seriousness as an academic subject?
Can the imposition of non-corporal female discipline by ladies on ladies be presented as a series of techniques to be learned?
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The Female Disciplinary Manual
is one of the most remarkable books on the subject of discipline ever
to appear in print. It is, as its tagline says, "a complete encyclopedia
of the correction of the fair sex".
This book is so unique that
when it debuted in the 1990s it was featured in television shows across
Britain and reported extensively in the national press.
work on female corporal punishment and general female discipline that
takes the subject seriously, not as an adult "game". That wrote about
caning girls as a legitimate aspect of social reform. This was not the
usual backstreet discipline book. It was - and is - the only thing of
its kind: and, under the guidance of the charismatic Miss Marianne
Martindale, it launched in the full glare of media fascination.
As the glossy, upscale Observer Magazine noted:
Martindale has been having a bit of a week. She gave two press
conferences earlier, she's on Greater London Radio this afternoon and
the phone never seems to stop ringing.
The reason? A treatise called The Female Disciplinary Manual
- "The most detailed instructions ever published on the arts of caning,
spanking, the use of the strap and most other disciplinary implements" -
a hard-hitting hardback that instills new meaning in the phrase "a
The Observer Magazine
From the Guardian newspaper (think: Washington Post) to the "cool" London guide Time Out,
the British press was fascinated by the first ever - and still the only
- serious instructional treatise on female corporal punishment.
This was something they had never encountered before and they reacted accordingly:
"A must-have for fans of corporal punishment."
Martindale clears her throat. "This book," she announces, "is not the
work of armchair disciplinarians". Far from it. Everything in this
handbook of hard-hitting home punishments "has been practised in all
earnestness and usually on many occasions by those who have written it".
Well, that's all right then, Scholarly rumps have been rigorously road-tested. Our bottoms are in safe hands.
The punishments described range from the artful to the a**e-ironing, from gentle rebuffs to six of the best.
are no men involved, the book is just girl-on-girl action, or "the
correction of females by females" to give it its formal sub-title. . .
Written in the clipped tones of a classic Fifties schoolbook, the Manual discusses variations on "old-fashioned discipline".
Want to know how long the disciplinary cane is? Compound punishments? The use of the strap? Turn to page 80 . . .
The Female Disciplinary Manual
has long been unavailable and regarded as a collector's item, often
fetching high prices for a second-hand copy. We are now happy to
announce limited unused supplies of the first and second hardcover editions at only $30.
In introducing this much-admired classic to a new audience, we cannot do better than quote the book's original announcement:
FEMALE DISCIPLINARY MANUAL is just what its name suggests: a complete
guide to the correction and chastisement of young ladies ranging from
the mildest reprimand to the severest female corporal punishment that is
suitable for a civilized young lady.
Nearly a hundred sections deal with every variety of punishment.
art of spanking is taught in loving detail; the use of the cane
expounded to a depth never before attempted in print. The intricacies of
the strap are laid before the reader in all their charm and severity.
division on non-corporal punishment is subtler but perhaps even more
powerful than that on physical chastisement. The refinements of
disciplinary suffering that lie in expertly administered detentions and
impositions will be a revelation to most readers.
The book is
written by ladies who have long practical experience of the disciplinary
arts. What Mrs. Beeton did for household management,they have done for
the gentle craft of punishment.
Every paragraph is alive with a
sensual aestheticism - with the tingling sensibility of feminine
discipline at its most elegantly severe.
introduction to the book, despite its fantasy setting, is a seminal
essay on the philosophy of discipline which shows that the authoresses
of the book mean what they say very seriously. Far from regarding
themselves as part of the sado-masochist fringe, they feel that genuine
discipline is the only way forward for a decaying civilization.
fascinating afterword tells how the book came into being. It was
originally written as a series of occasional papers by disciplinariennes
within an all-female disciplinary society for private circulation to
other members. They carefully taught such arts as that of administering a
sound, never-to-be-forgotten caning or setting a truly tear-inducingly
tedious and frustrating imposition for the benefit of the young ladies
in their charge.
The story of how these private papers grew into
the definitive how-to book on the subject of female corporal punishment
and general feminine discipline is a delightful bonus to this handsome
new clothbound edition.
Daring, intelligent, unremittingly
strict, and yet profoundly compassionate, we do not hesitate to say that
this is one of the two or three really great books on the subject of