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A governess is a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child, especially in a rich private home. She is a female employee from outside of the family who teaches children within the family circle.

Education and discipline

In contrast to a nanny or baby-sitter, she is concentrated on teaching and training children past toddler age (pre-school and schoolchildren), working on their behavior and education, rather than looking after their needs such as feeding or hygiene.

As this is the age where children traditionally require greatest discipline, governesses are (or used to be) entrusted with their punishment, whenever such should be required. Governesses have therefore become popular authority figures in child spanking novels, spanking stories, spanking art and other art forms of the F/m and F/f pairing.

In a role playing context the female dominant would take the role of governess and the submissive, male or female, would take the role of child. This activity would likely include such activities as strict instruction, school work and discipline such as humiliation and corporal punishment.

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Spanking novel

Governess is also the title of a spanking novel by Harriet Marwood (1967).

Fetish films

Lupus Pictures has produced a corporal punishment film called Governess, an elegant period-piece costume drama set in the 1900s.


See also

More information on this topic is available at [ Wikipedia:Governess ]


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