In spanking art, the term pairing describes the genders of the spanker(s) and spankee(s) in an artwork or story. These can be put in places such as the subject line of a posting, the name of a file, or next to a link. They help other fans to find or to skip over pairings they like or dislike.
The most common abbreviation scheme is to use the letters M and F to signify male and female, respectively, and a slash to separate spanker(s) from spankee(s). The letters left of the slash signify spankers, those right of the slash signify spankees.
Variations of this scheme are possible to accommodate variants, for example MF/f or M/ff. In artwork, these will mean that the work features two spankers or two spankees in one picture. In literature, it means the work features two distinct spankers or spankees sometime in the narration, not necessarily simultaneously.
X can be used to stand for a person of unspecified gender. So X/f indicates that someone spanks a girl, but does not indicate whether the spanker is a man or a woman.
It is also possible to omit one side completely. For instance, /f can signify a girl spankee without a spanker being present, such as a girl who is alone in a room prior to or after her spanking.
Another notation variant, which is described on the soc.sexuality.spanking FAQ, is to introduce a third age class between child and adult. In this variant, 'f' and 'm' are taken to mean a young adult or teenager, and the letters 'b' and 'g' are introduced to signify a pre-teen boy or girl. So in this scheme, for example, F/f would mean a woman spanking a young woman or teen girl, while F/g would mean a woman spanking a pre-teen girl. As of now, this notation variant is not used on the Spanking Art wiki.
- Schisms within the spanko community
- Abbreviation (includes other abbreviations commonly used in spanking art)
|Traditional||Adult||M/F • F/M • M/M • F/F|
|Child||M/f • F/f • M/m • F/m • f/m • f/f • m/f • m/m • MF/mf|
|Role reversal||m/F • m/M • f/F • f/M|
|Effects||F/x • M/x • X/m • X/f • X/F • X/M|
|Machines||Machine/F • Machine/M • Machine/f • Machine/f|
|Aliens||Alien/F • Alien/M • Alien/f • Alien/f|
|F=Adult female • f=Young female • M=Adult Male • m=young male|