Whipping bench

Illustration depicting judicial corporal punishment in Germany, probably 18th century.

A whipping bench or birching bench is a type of spanking furniture that resembles a simple bench without a back. It differs from a normal bench in that it is a piece of furniture built or modified specifically for the administration of corporal punishment by added restraints.

The delinquent is laid lengthwise on the bench (face down) and restrained, typically with bars of wood (like stocks or pillories), straps or rope. Such benches were in use e.g. for judicial corporal punishment, prison corporal punishment, or school corporal punishment.

Whipping benches position the spankee's entire body more or less horizontally. Spanking benches differ from these by positioning the torso and thighs at an angle, usually with the hips higher than the knees.

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