The erotic act of spanking predates the Fifty Shades phenomenon by centuries. One need not look any further than Ancient Rome circa 800 BC.
The famous Tomb of the Floggings features frescoes depicting a naked woman bent over, while two men spank her from behind. From Ancient Egypt, to tribal drawings, to the Kama Sutra, to Victorian era erotica, the sadomasochistic act has been explored and represented, fascinating men and women alike.
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In a study published this year titled “Sensual, Erotic, ad Sexual Behaviours of Women,” published in the Archives if Sexual Behaviour, researchers surveyed 1,580 women from all over the world. It was determined that 95 per cent of all participants enjoyed being spanked, and ranked the practice third out of 126 sexual behaviours.
So, why is the act being slapped on the butt by a hand or foreign object, a source of pleasure for so many women? What’s the psychology behind it? Wendy Strgar writes for The Huffington Post that the relationship between pain and pleasure in human sexuality is “as profound as it is complex”.
“It is a polarity that lives in each of us and deserves our curiosity… love, sex, pain and violence all stimulate the release of similar chemicals and hormones in the human body. Endorphins that are released in painful experiences are often perceived as pleasurable,” she says.