THE FEMALE DISCIPLINARY MANUAL is just what its name suggests: a complete guide to the correction and chastisement of young ladies. Nearly a hundred sections deal with every variety of punishment.
The 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.
The 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
The celebrated 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 "perverted" sado-masochist fringe, they feel that genuine discipline is the only way forward for a decaying civilisation.
A fascinating afterword tells how the book came into being;
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 discipline.
"A must-have for fans of corporal punishment." The Guardian
"Miss 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 instils new meaning in the phrase `a punishing
"Miss 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. There 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. . ."Time Out
"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
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