The Slipper, which I will write about today, is an implement well known for its use in british schools as well as a classic tool for parents worldwide. For an implement with such widespread usage, it may not be surprising to find out that there is no such thing as “the slipper”. They come in different varieties.

The slipper used in schools normally wasn’t what you would call a slipper really, it was a plimsoll. With a sturdy rubber sole, it could make a thorough impression when used on some miscreants backside. A slippering does not leave long-lasting marks like a caning does, but it leaves the culprits bottom hot and sore. As the sole of the plimsoll strikes a wider area of the buttocks (for smaller backsides, it may even hit both buttocks in one stroke), the sting is not originating from a single point of impact, the whole bottom seems to be burning.
A slippering is widely regarded as a lighter punishment than a caning. While this is correct in general, a good dose of the slipper can be quite painful. If the whacks are carried out hard, any pupil will have trouble sitting down afterwards.

At homes, plimsolls are also used,
but more common here is the “real” slipper, the houseshoe. The variety goes from rubber- or plastic soles to slippers made of leather. The slipper is most often used because it – like the spoon we already talked about – is easily available. I know my mother sometimes took hers off while I was already over her lap. Sometimes she took mine as well, if other “helpers” were not easily available…
Most household slippers are not that harsh in effect as a real rubber-soled plimsoll, but they still deliver sound lessons. A misbehaving son or daughter will not quickly forget a thorough dose of the slipper delivered by an upset parent.
The slipper hurts most on a bare or knicker-clad posterior. Thicker clothing removes much of the effect from the whacks.

The slipper, a tool used for both formal and informal cp, will with no doubt remain a favourite of many parents.