The sad truth is that there aren't any funny jokes out there with spankings in them and as someone who spent years drawing humorous spanking cartoons, I think I know why. Humor has to be relatable (another correctly spelled word that Spellcheck seems to have missed). And the fact is, only a fellow spanko is going to get a joke that truly touches on the world of spanking. When I was doing spanking cartoons, I knew they would be appearing in a BDSM magazine. My target audience would hopefully relate to what the subject was and consequently appreciate the punchline. The scenario would have a ring of truth that would trigger a chuckle or grin. It was therefore much easier to write spanking humor for people who lived it than to write a spanking joke that everyone, both kinky and vanilla, would laugh at.
There are many theories over why we laugh at jokes. I cannot remember who proposed the following theory, but I personally think it is the most believable: humor is when some truth is revealed in a way that is unexpected or contrary to the way we normally hear it. This results in a form of relatable discomfort that triggers laughter. To me this makes sense. It is why I think I laugh at some things and not others.
The other reason most spanking jokes or captions are not funny is that too often the focus is on the spanking itself. That's not how humor works. Imagine if every ethnic joke ended with just some reference to the stereotype being teased? In every good ethnic stereotype joke, the stereotype is already assumed.......and the punchline is some clever twist on what people already expect. ["Three ethnic stereotypes go into a bar and the Irishman ends up drinking the most." Not funny, right? you already expect the Irishman is going to have some punchline related to drinking but the drinking itself is not a punchline. You want the twist. No twist = no humor.]
The same is true for spanking. Say that you have a simple image of someone bending over and you show that to a spanko. Well, if the person truly is a spanko the first thing they are going to think is that the target is bent for a spanking. So, to have the person say, "Oh, I'm all bent over. I wonder who is going to spank me?" is about as funny as if you had them say, "Oh, I have two legs. Maybe I will go for a walk?" To be funny you have to find something else in the image. Something true, relatable, and unexpected. In this case maybe they are the only one in the picture, so you could have them say, "I feel like I've spent my whole life bent over among vanillas waiting for a sore bottom and all I ever end up with is a sore back." OK, maybe not a rip-roaring knee-slapper, but I just wrote that as I was typing as an example. The thing is, the humor is based on some uncomfortable and painful truth about having a kink in a predominantly vanilla world, rather than just focusing on being spanked.
Humor is best when it toys with and mocks our own human natures......and if we are kinky, the humor should make fun of what it's like to be kinky.
In mainstream media, because the world is essentially vanilla but likes to think of themselves as adventurous sophisticates, things like spanking are used for comic effect but rarely portrayed as anything other than a punchline. The fact that a person has the kink is humor enough for a vanilla to snicker at. But for us, it's like being Polish and listening to yet another joke about how dumb Pollacks are.
In conclusion, if you are reading this, please realize that the fate of kinky humor rests in your hands. If we don't write the jokes, no one else will. But let's challenge ourselves to be clever about it. We are our only hope.
* The following is the ONLY funny spanking joke I've ever heard. If YOU know of another PLEASE post it in the comment section!
One day Martha sees her neighbor Alice all distraught.
"What's wrong, dear?" she asks.
"Oh, it's my son Bobby. I was just in his room and I went over to his computer and saw things on there that have just upset me so much. He's only 12 and I don't know what to do."
The older neighbor replies reassuringly, "there there, dear, at that age my boys did the same thing. It's quite natural for them to look at naked women and such."
"But that's not it. The pictures I saw were all of women in tight black leather wearing studded collars and carrying paddles and long whips!"
"Oh my!" the neighbor replies. "I'm afraid THAT is not something I ever had to deal with with my boys. I don't really know what to tell you." And after a thoughtful pause adds, " But I DEFINITELY don't think you should spank him."