Erica Scott: Life, Love and Spanking

Ruminations, opinionated observations, darkly humorous blathering and the occasional rant from an outspoken spanko and unapologetic attention wh–, um, hog.

Revisiting the “Dreaded Mush-Butt”

How many of you go wayyy back with me, reader-wise? As in, when this blog was on MySpace? Six years ago, in April 2010, I posted about one of my biggest peeves in spanking photos. I decided, since I’m not seeing any improvement in this scourge, it was time to revisit the topic. Before anything else, I will repost the original piece of writing. Many of you didn’t see it the first time, but who remembers this? (Sorry, the photos are a bit blurry.)

April 13, 2010 — Disclaimer: The following is My Opinion Only. Your opinions may vary. Feel free to chime in either way.

Bet you guys know what I’m talking about just from the title, without seeing an example. Anyone who has ever been in spanking videos or photo shoots, had spanking pictures taken of them or simply viewed these pics online knows. Some call it an “impact shot”; I call it the “dreaded mush-butt shot” (hereinafter called the DMBS). A photo that captures the exact moment when the hand or implement strikes the bottom and flattens it.

A lot of men seem to like these shots. I can’t speak for all women, but I can (and do) speak for this woman — I detest them! I think they are criminal. Universally unflattering, no matter what kind of bottom the woman has. NOTE: This is not a weight commentary. It doesn’t matter what size, weight or shape the bottom is; when it’s photographed in this manner, the most perfect bottom on the planet will still look lumpy, squished and misshapen.


That poor girl. She must have cringed at the above shot. Who wouldn’t? What woman wants to see her bum smooshed out like that? Bottoms are beautiful things; full, rounded and smooth. Don’t show them like this, for God’s sake. Where’s your humanity?

We’ve all had the DMBS crop up amongst our photos. Yours truly has had them too. But I make damn sure, whenever possible, that they are swiftly relocated to the cyber trash.

Of course, some of this flattening is due to (again, My Opinion Only) poor technique. Look how these men are striking — completely flat-handed. Hello — your hand is not a board, and the bottom is not a tough cut of meat to be flattened. Take a minute to cup your hand to the bottom you’re spanking; form your fingers around it, take on its shape. Then your smacks will be delivered with a crisp SNAP instead of a dull thud, and the pain and sting will be imparted without pounding down your target like bread dough.


Such an otherwise lovely photo, a lovely behind. Too bad the spanker is plowing into her like a pile driver.

So to recap, folks — just stay away from the DMBS. Don’t take them. If you take them by accident, delete them. I really don’t think any woman wants to see her butt in that state on the Internet. Be kind. Be flattering. Show your spankees in their most flattering photos.

Of course, with some heavy, thuddy, flat implements like thick wooden paddles and solid, inflexible straps, the DMBS is inevitable:


The solution? Simple. Avoid these implements altogether. They suck anyway.  Oh, and while you’re at it, avoid that position too. But that’s another subject.

End of original. As I recall, this actually got Chrossed; his tag line for the post was “I guess I like them.” (It’s OK, sir, I forgive you.)

What brings this up again? Like I said, I’m not seeing any fewer of these atrocities. Here’s the latest one that got my cringe on.


An otherwise perfect photo. Hunky guy, beautiful naked girl, a lovers’ spat in the boudoir. He’s oh-so toppily gripping her hair (yes, I know that’s not a word. Shut up. Blogger’s license) and uttering a yummy challenge.

Aaaaaand he’s giving the poor girl a most unattractive case of Pancake Ass. Am I the only one whose eye is irretrievably drawn away from all the sexy aspects of this photo to focus on the flattened Frisbee that is her backside?

And finally, does this hand have a license plate? I’d like to report it.


By the way, I have no idea where any of these photos are from — I plucked them at random from a search of “spanking impact shots.” If you know the origin of any of them, please feel free to identify them.

But my point remains the same: The DMBS needs to be eradicated. There ought to be a law. Bottoms, rise up and let your voices be heard. Stop allowing the posting of pictures where a bottom is more flattened than roadkill. It’s just wrong. Some of us log too many hours in the gym to countenance our bottoms looking like a deflated ball the cat dragged in.

And on that note, I’m headed to the gym. Happy Monday.

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21 thoughts on “Revisiting the “Dreaded Mush-Butt”

  1. Erica, my favorite spanking photo’s are when a naughty woman’s bare bottom is caned. And wearing my favorite lingerie, garter-belt and stockings, which accent her voluptous derriere.


  2. Personally, I like the impact shots. And a variety in hand … cuppiness to give different sounds/impacts/angles. I looked at the above photos and thought: “Yummy” so I guess to each their own.


  3. Anonymous on said:

    Hi Erica, I agree that these photos are not to my taste. To me they show a complete lack of technique; it requires a stiff, flat hand to bash at the recipient so a shock wave is sent through the flesh. if you want to just bash away you may as well use a lump of 2 by 4 timber.
    Downunder Don


  4. Six — yeah, I seem to recall something like that.

    Jen — well, considering how many of these shots are out there, I know somebody has to like them! Ah well…

    Don — I think nearly every butt flattens/ripples a little on impact. But there’s no need to get a picture of it! lol


  5. anonymous on said:

    It isn’t appealing to me to look at but I have no problem experiencing it for myself if it’s due to a hard paddling.


  6. A. — sure, you can enjoy the feeling, as long as you don’t have to look at a picture of your butt looking like a flat tire afterward!


  7. CarolBeth on said:

    OMG! When I saw the first picture on there my immediate thought was, her butt looked like a deflated tire. That poor woman. I agree, photos like that should be banned.


  8. CarolBeth — I know, right??


  9. Graham on said:

    I always thought this was someone who wasn`t really spanking,just pretending to be,and pushing the bottom in, have to say I hate it too,and for some reason (which I cannot explain)bare bottom is not my favourite. I`m still waiting for you to do my favorite…………………….


  10. Graham — I don’t think they’re actually pushing; it’s just an unfortunate photo capture. But it does look like that!


  11. I definitely fall into the strong dislike category on these. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am not turned on by the flatness and deflation. (I’ve never researched it, but I always assumed these were taken with high speed cameras or screen shots of moving images).

    I would ordinarily be turned on by the pain I suppose they’re supposed to imply (i.e. how hard the spank was) but as has been mentioned, it looks like the spank was far weighted to the blunt, thuddy than I like. Plus you can’t see her face and I love face 🙂

    It reminds me that I’ve heard of those who are into butt punching. That’s one area where I feel almost vanilla. I just shake my head…


  12. Quai — John and I were at a BDSM gathering last year (one I wish I could forget, honestly), and I saw a man driving his fist into a woman’s bottom, hard, as she lay on a table. It was right in front of where I was sitting, but I squirmed a lot and forced myself to look elsewhere. To each their own, to each their own…

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  13. baxter on said:

    I agree on your thoughts of mush butt. I like seeing a bottom before/during/after a spanking. The mushbutt thing is a turnoff, who wants to see or have their butt seen as misshapen.


  14. Baxter — I don’t mean to belabor the point (oh hell, yeah, I do), but I really don’t get it! What could possibly be considered aesthetically pleasing?


  15. Anonymous on said:

    Point well taken on cupping the spanking hand, too many men seem to use their hand like a paddle – stiff and flat. A stingy, cupped hand does a better job.

    As for impact shots, I can take or leave them.

    Anon E. Mouse


  16. Mouse — a cupped hand makes a nicer sound too; a crisp whack rather than a dull thud.


  17. Fully agree. Even wonder whether they have not been photoshopped – sort of the spanking equivalent of silicon boobies.


  18. MrJ — I can’t imagine anyone wanting to deliberately create that, but again, different strokes!


  19. Mark on said:

    An impact shot is not attractive. It does however suggest that the still photography is of an actual spanking. Before video, when much of a magazine could be black and white, that could be a good thing in a magazine.

    Of course the impact shot can be a false impression. A well taken color shot of a well spanked bottom is a far better suggestion. Knowing the bottom from her blog and having seen video of her is even better. Much hotter. Technology and what we like move on.

    Today, impact shots are just retro.


  20. Mark — interesting perspective!


  21. Jadelyn Mathias on said:

    Hi Erica ♡ Yes I remember, I followed your blog in the my space days 🙂 I agree with you that these pics are terrible 😦 The bottoms do look like pancakes and flat tires. I know I wouldn’t want to see a pic of my bottom looking like that 😦 They should be banned. Much Love and hugs always from naughty girl Jade / Emily Jean xxxxx ♡


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