The District Governess
Old-Fashion spanking stories as all-feminine literature
by Miss Marianne Martindale
spanking* stories may seem to be one of the oddest themes for
all-feminine literature and yet some of the earliest books of
intemorphiction were on this theme, including a collection of short
stories entitled The District Governess.
was the reason for this history of spanking intemorphiction? One reason
was that before the widespread proliferation of the internet, there
were few ways of publishing books that appealed to a minority audience
dispersed worldwide. One way intemorphiction could gain enough momentum
to make it publishable - often in lavish hardback editions - was to
appeal to another audience at the same time - in this case the
But how did this theme fit into the concept
of an all-feminine reality? The authors saw old-fashion spanking as a
natural expression of conflict and resolution in a feminine world where
the more extreme and violent conflicts of male societies were rare or
non-existent. As it says in the book's introduction.
the fiction of your own world. A reader from another world... would be
forgiven for thinking that murder was an everyday occurrence. Violence,
theft, betrayal, adultery, war and wickedness in general are the
stock-in-trade of your fiction - not only the sensational works but the
majority of your great classics. Now violence and villainy are rare
things in Aristasia. They are much less a part of the feminine temper.
Unkindness is regarded as unnatural. nevertheless... while there is
little wickedness in Aristasia, there is quite a lot of naughtiness.
theme of old-fashion spanking also makes perfect sense in relation to a
feminine world in which order and harmony are the prevailing principles
and society is fashioned on the model of a maternally-led family:
do not regard themselves as 'adult' in quite the way that you do. The
Queen or Empress and her servants, down to the District Governess, are
always accepted as being somewhat in loco parentis. The
difference between wickedness and naughtiness is that wickedness implies
a complete severance between oneself and the norms of goodness - a
fixed and final enmity between the wicked and the victim - whereas
naughtiness is a temporary rift between oneself and an order of goodness
which one never ceases to accept. A good spanking will set all to
rights and put one back into grace again. For children everywhere, the
cycle of naughtiness, punishment and forgiveness is a part of the
fundamental security of life, an assurance that one is never finally
severed from the love and protection of mother and family. For the
Aristasian, the concept which you call 'society' - a thing with which
the individual is often, and in the post-Eclipse world rightly, at odds -
scarcely exists. There is only the Familia extended into wider
and wider circles; the Queen, and above her the Empress, and beyond the
Empress, God Herself, being the ultimate loving mothers, who may
chastise, but only from kindness, and only to reunite us with their
The District Governess was in fact a set of
stories inspired by a number of old-fashion spanking illustrations of
the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The authoress had no idea of the
original stories but simply wrote tales suggested to her by the
pictures, set in the all-feminine world of Aristasia.
the nature of the pictures and the parameters of that particular
publishing venture, the stories all revolved around the subject of
old-fashion spanking. However they were very far from being the sort of
shallow material usually associated with "discipline literature", a fact
that was immediately recognized by the critics. Desire magazine wrote of an earlier novel, Children of the Void:
written . . . this is a book which, by way of its startling
originality, deserves to break beyond the narrow confines of its
immediate C.P. genre
Skin Two wrote:
Spellbindingly done, and immensely literate, it will excite and stimulate . . . Children of the Void
is unlike anything else you will read today and will not appeal to the
coarser spirits: but for those who like their Discipline of high
literary quality, it is essential reading.
Even national British newspapers like the Daily Telegraph, which normally would not review literature of this category, hailed Miss Snow's "immaculate cut-crystal prose".
Intemorphiction's history of spanking literature may now be regarded as something of a curiosity, but The District Governess
is a fascinating early book in the genre, which talks at length about
the philosophy of an all-feminine world, presents a remarkable array of
characters and situations, and runs the gamut from humorous sketches to
stories of spiritual depth and emotional power.
All Miss Snow's
books have long been out of print and have been avidly sought after by
discerning readers, often selling for over $100 on Ebay and Amazon. Its
introduction by Miss Marianne Martindale makes it even more coveted. We
are delighted to be able to offer the hardback First Edition of The District Governess
at $25 - less than its original selling price. We have limited numbers,
so this offer will have to be discontinued when supplies are exhausted.
are offering them at this price on this site, because we feel it is
important to make them available to those who are interested in early
intemorphiction rather than to those who regard them merely as
ultra-high quality spanking literature.
"old-fashion spanking" we mean spanking in the old fashion of being a
genuine and loving discipline rather than implying that spanking is
inherently "old fashioned".
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