Land Of The Lochgelly Tawse. The Question Of Training And Technique.It always struck me the different way women teachers coped with administering physical punishment.
Now, just look around you on the strap or tawse or spanking associated experiences. There is a definite preponderance of men. But, allowing for selective memory, I can clearly recall that actually while a few key men were the most dreaded when it came to getting the strap, it was actually the ladies who delivered most of the beltings.
Why should this be?
Also there was a spectrum of both techniques, equipment and styles of punishment involved.
Lets explore technique.
Technically some punished from in front of the pupil eye to eye so to speak. Others had the pupil facing the class while they strapped transversely across the hands. Some teachers held the split thongs of the strap and hit you with the shaped handle end, others used the belt as it had been designed preferring the double or triple thwack of those nasty long thongs.
I wonder what the psychology involved was in selecting these different techniques?
The most dreaded technical variation was when you were asked to being a jotter out with you. Here the teacher would open your jotter and instruct you to hold out your crossed hand for punishment. She would place the jotter across your wrists before belting you.
I believe the message she was trying to send here was.. I am going to strap you so hard and with such lack of restraint that there is a significant chance that my aim will be compromised and that I will seriously damage your wrists and the softer tissues there without some form of protection- God save your hands though.
This had an unintended consequence though. Even a "safe" medium belting which went up your wrist would bring a gasp even from a regular such as myself. Further, the distinctive squared off track-lines on your forearm left embarrassing evidence of the belting for days- much ribbing. So,many of the female less strong belters seemed to make this mistake with uncommon frequency. Lack of skill or feminine wile.. I ask you?
Next there were the front of class or in the corridor belters. boys were universally punished in front of the class- nearly always mixed sex except for the registration class first thing. Girls however were treated variably. Some female teachers treated them just as the boys-same public beating. Others marched them just outside the door to the corridor. A bizarre site, girl abashed with her head down preceding a grown women carrying a thick leather strap. Utter class silence. We would listen attentively to the mumbled lecture, the much more distinct retort of leather on palm , the habitual squeal, ......again, crack, squeal... again, crack squeal..until the teacher was satisfied with her work. Next the whole procession reversed. Door opened... in marched a confident empowered teacher who surveyed the class, belt in hand, saying non verbally- Right behave or you're next! Behind her trailed a red faced girl, often sobbing, with her hands tucked under her armpits who sloped off to her seat.( Not all mind you.. there were some right HARD lasses at my school.)
Some female teachers varied between these techniques I suppose adding the mortification of being leathered in front of 30 staring eyes to the severity of the punishment they felt fitted the crime. This public lashing of the girls I now believe to have been utterly irresponsible at the above 15 age group. It resulted in near universal sexual stimulation of guys at a particularly "virile" age. This has undoubtedly resulted in damaged boys as well as girls.
I will freely admit that to this day I enjoy administering a controlled and consensual belting to the occasional lass who expresses an interest. Nothing as severe as the above you realise- just enough to give a little gasp and a light sting!
Male teachers were, I believe, more responsible, more aware of the sexual dynamics of both of the pupil and the class. More often than not they would punish a young lady, albeit more severely, in a private environment.
I would be very interested in the views of all readers on this issue. I am in particular interested in the interpretation of females on the psychology of these lady teachers and what might have being going through there minds when they performed these now bizarre punishments particularly in a public environment. Why did more females belt than men? Wasn't it mortifying to perform the belting?
Records show that 4000 tawses were sold a year in Scotland to teachers, mostly female . Simple maths dictate that there are many ex or present teachers out there that administered the tawse. If you did why not respond to the above and justify your actions in an open ad friendly discussion of experiences. Or is it you are too ashamed now of your actions? ( A little cheeky I know but I am hoping to provoke debate.)
Well time fails me. I'll have to reraise training at another time..Sorry