Okay, maybe some things are worse than others, but I think it really comes down to how it's used and who is wielding it. A leather belt can be used in a soft, sensual way whereas the innocuous wooden spoon can get one hopping.
|My paddles from Kitty|
|My Domestic Discipline Strap from The London Tanners|
I know certain implements like the belt and strap tend to automatically put me in a particular headspace, too. I wrote a bit about that in this recent post on perception of pain. If my mind is in a serious headspace, the spanking may very well feel worse than it really is.
A few weeks ago, J was giving me a maintenance spanking. In addition to what usually goes into that, he strapped me with the implement pictured above after the maintenance was over for a sort of "funishment" session. It wasn't over a really serious reason but I was in trouble for something. I'm not even sure how many swats I got with it, I don't think it was really much more than 10, but it brought me to tears. I can probably count on both hands how many times that has actually happened. I think it was caused by a combination of things including my headspace, how much I dislike that friggin implement, any build-up of stress I'd been experiencing recently, and the hardness of the spanking itself. But the latter was probably the smallest factor. J said he didn't really use it any harder than any other time. It does wrap easily though and I always have little bruises from where the end of it connects on my bottom. Some say that goes away a bit when you get leather worn in, but I don't know that I care to use it enough to become "worn in"!