Hi everyone! I was dreading this one. You'll see why when you see what it is. *Shudder*
Although this implement seemed to originate in British public schools, it has become a common way of meting out discipline to young South African ladies. It must be something about the wood in the vast bush veldt - its reputation is legendary from frequent use in South African homes and reformatories.
Pros: Very traditional implement, not hard to obtain and viewed by many as the ultimate deterrent. Very few strokes are required because of the sting imparted.
Cons: Can be expensive, use frowned upon by an increasingly liberal society. Too large and long to carry anywhere. Difficult to use over the knee. Care must be taken when using, can break skin and leave lasting marks.
A selection of old fashioned school canes arranged in a fan pattern.
An old fashioned Scottish lady offered to test this on her niece. She reasoned that the girl was used to the tawse, the cane would not hurt her over much.
Spanker: Miss McKellam, Edinburgh, U.K. I got six of the best more than once back in my school days. It smartened me right up. I thought that given my Dorothy's recent behaviour she could use a dose of it and as they wouldn't do it at school, it was up to Aunty. I'd never used one before, but I remembered seeing others get it at school. I had to be careful and I only gave her eight, but you would have thought I was murdering her for all her carrying on. I spaced them out across her entire "setter" and gave her two right where she sat, oh didn't she howl! It made her every bit as red as the tawse and she gets a lot more than eight with that. She had eight very nice tramlines the following morning. It won't be Dorothy's last caning.
The cane leaves marks, as this picture from Sarah Gregory Spanking shows.
Spankee: Dorothy, age 15. I nearly wet myself when Aunty said she was going to cane me. I never got the cane of course, but heard about it from other people and a boy I know still gets it at school. He doesn't get it bare, though. I've had the tawse lots, but it doesn't compare. You have to bend over for the cane and you can hear it before you feel it and when it hits - Oh, God! You just about jump out of your skin. I couldn't sit properly for two days! Aunty said she's going to use it again. Not if I have anything to do with it, she won't! Ouch!
From Spanking Dollars. Young Dorothy feels the effects of the cane.
Kimberley Susan's assessment: I will state straight out that I do not like the cane. I both fear it and respect it. I've been caned. It is not pleasant, it hurts more than anything else I've ever had. I've only been caned once and I hope to never have it happen again, it left marks that lasted for days, they hurt and they were ugly. I've never used the cane, it takes a certain mastery, you can seriously damage someone if you don't have that mastery, and I don't yet. I've seen Aunty use it and I've helped to hold people being caned, they need that during a caning. Mummy has said she'll ask Aunty about caning lessons for me, I sure hope that means I'll be taught how to use it. I already know too much about receiving it!