Dirty children

Growing up in the 70s, my parents always gave a wonderful tanning to my brothers and sister but never me – I was almost alwa… more

Aunty Janet

We had an ‘aunty’ who was really a young work colleague of dad’s, whom our family befriended. We lov… more

Spoonings

I grew up in the 50s on a small Mediterranean island off the Italian mainland, where my father was “something in in… more

Smackings in class

I went to school in England in the early 1960s, at a time when corporal punishment was very common. I was beaten quite freq… more

Shona’s knickers

My mother was a schoolmistress in a small village primary school in Scotland in the 1950s, when the tawse was considered … more

Bare-bottomed slippering

I attended a boys’ grammar school in the North of England in the 1960s. Corporal punishment was widely used. Most … more

Smacked by Betty

Betty was our matriarch; at 13, I think, a year older than me.

We used to go for long, innocent walks on Sunday mornings. Wh… more

Something better change

I lived in New Jersey all my life. I had a younger sister named Alex. At the time this happened, she was 9 and I was 13, in 1962… more