Role reversal is when the roles in the scene have reversed the normal or traditional power dynamic. In role reversal, the person who normally has the lower status takes a dominant approach and the person who normally has the higher status takes a submissive approach. This is not the same thing as switching unless the play partners usually have clearly defined D/s roles.
(The slash notation means "dominates", e.g. "punishes" or "spanks":)
- Younger sibling/older sibling
- Child/adult (particularly parent): girl/woman, girl/man, boy/woman, boy/man
In a traditional setting, the man has higher authority than the woman, and therefore all F/M has an element of role reversal attached to it, but less so in more modern relationships.
Role reversal in folklore
The theme of role reversal was commonplace in folk imagery and tales from Antiquity and the end of the Middle Ages through the first half of the nineteenth century. In many folkloristic traditions, a special day in the year was celebrated with role reversal elements. For example, the role of teacher and students was playfuly, symbolically, inverted. See also Carnival and Easter traditions.
The Romans had a festival in which boys would flog the schoolmaster.
Role reversal as a spanking art theme
Sometimes a spanking artist, author or film producer uses the role reversal concept in their works, for example here in Luc Lafnet's work — both from two different novels by A. W. Flogger, but clearly related:
In spanking fetish videos, a role reversal where the "top" or authority figure gets punished is often called a turnabout (from the saying "Turnabout is fair play"). Here an employee might punish her boss, students paddle their teacher, a child spanks a parent/guardian, or a submissive slave or maid turns the tables on her mistress. In some cases a disciplinarian such as a teacher is punished by her superiors. In most stories, the traditional bottom character either physically overpowers or gains dominance over the top via blackmail or some other means.
This scenario includes a number of revenge-based stories. For example, In Comrade Balcar: The Informer (Lupus Pictures), a tattletale schoolgirl has two girls caned. Later they get revenge by caning the informer. This sometimes plays out as a two-part video. Airline pilot Dani Daniels spanks stewardess Kay in Kay's New Boss (My Spanking Roommate); Kay gets her revenge in the sequel, Kay Spanks Dani Daniels in Her Office. Below are a few selected examples.
- A Caning for the Netball Coach (Sound Punishment)
- A Spanking For Auntie (Spanked Cheeks), nephew and niece discipline their aunt.
- Affair at the Swiss School (Nu-West/Leda Productions, 1984), Joanne Jameson gets revenge (F/F, M/F) on three matrons who paddled her.
- An Apple for Miss Higgens (Nu-West/Leda Productions), real-life cousins Julia and Joanne Jameson take revenge on their former school teacher.
- And Now the Cane (Top Marks), extract also sold as The Beating of the Useless Prefect
- Aunt Snow gets Spanked (Girl Spanks Girl)
- Boss Bitch in Bondage (London Enterprises, 1992), Sharon Mitchell
- Boy Spanks Mom (Home Made Spanking videos), photos
- The Butler Did Them (Shadow Lane), butler spanks mistress and maid.
- Chanell Instigates Group Spankings (Spanking Sorority Girls)
- The Christmas Quiet (Lupus Pictures, 2006), two girls turn the tables on another girl who got them into trouble.
- College Teacher Public Humiliation and Spanking (Spanking Them, Russia), headmaster and student punish female teacher.
- Detention Discipline (Momma Spankings), bad disciplinarian teacher is punished.
- Episode 92: Koko vs. Sarah (Spanking Sorority Girls), Sarah Gregory and Koko Kitten in turnabout story
- Episode 117: Clare Fonda Spanked by Her Daughter (Spanking Sorority Girls)
- Episode 120: Soccer Mom Spanking Battle (Spanking Sorority Girls), Clare Fonda
- Episode #202: Mr. Ford Spanks Stevie Rose for Wrongful Ticket (My Spanking Roommate), meter maid spanked.
- Episode #236: Revenge Spankings (My Spanking Roommate)
- Exclusive Education 5 (Girl Spanks Girl), students spank teacher
- Games Mistresses Can Get Punished Too! (Sound Punishment)
- Hand Thrown & What Chelsea Gets for Being Late (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment)
- The Headmaster's Study (Top Marks), school headmaster punishes senior mistress.
- In The Christmas Spirits (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment); female elf punished by Mrs. Claus (Clare Fonda) gets the upper hand.
- Jasmine’s Revenge (Triple A Spanking)
- The Lab Rat's Revenge (Dreams of Spanking), sequel to Doctor of Pain, Pandora Blake, Leia-Ann Woods.
- Landlady's Mistake (Hand-Spanking.com, Japan)
- Maid For Punishment (Sarah Gregory Spanking), rare case of M/F turning into F/M and F/F
- Maid is a Disciplinarian (Hand-Spanking.com, Japan)
- Martial Law I & II (Mood Pictures), F/F, military guards caned for abusing prisoners.
- Mean Mother In Law and Other Tales (Punished Brats), Ch 4: "Reversal", mother-in-law spanked.
- Miss Morgan Makes Her Mark (Top Marks), female prefect caned by headmaster.
- Missy's Revenge Spanking (My Spanking Roommate)
- Mrs Geist's Class (Mood Pictures); schoolgirl revenge/turnabout story
- Naughty Mother (Hand-Spanking.com, Japan), babysitter and daughter spank mother.
- The Netball Coach (Sound Punishment), female coach gets punished
- The Nurse and the Stewardess 2 (Girl Spanks Girl)
- Paris Gets Revenge on Madam (Spanked Call Girls)
- Pupil Power (Spanking College), punished student turns tables on teacher.
- The Prefects' Pleasure (Top Marks), female school teacher caned.
- Reading, Writing, and Rulers (Sarah Gregory Spanking), teacher punished for being a poor disciplinarian.
- Revenge of the Pets (Hand-Spanking.com, Japan), female students punish their teacher.
- Rich Girl, Poor Girl (Girl Spanks Girl), abused Sybil turns tables on rich bitch
- Role Reversal, Part 1 or Unusual Business (Punished Brats)
- The Sexy Maid Cleaning Agency (Spanked-in-Uniform.com)
- Sinn's Return & Sinn's Revenge (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), turnabout sequel to "Stepmom Takes Control".
- Slave Farm (House of Milan, 1991), cruel mistress overpowered by her slaves.
- Soccer Moms Spank Off (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), Clare Fonda, Chelsea Pfeiffer
- The Spanked Step Sisters (Sarah Gregory Spanking), Cinderella-inspired revenge story.
- Stage Moms (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), Tory Sinclair, Chelsea Pfeifer
- Stepdaughter's Revenge (Bobbie's DropSeats), Clare Fonda, Julie Simone
- Step Daughter's Revenge (Spanked Cheeks), Zoe Page, Chris Summers
- Strict Prison 2 (Pain4fem), female prison guard whipped by prisoners
- Swim Coach Spanking: Day 1 (Girl Spanks Girl), coach Clare Fonda forced to take spanking from swimmer.
- The Tables Are Turned (Spanking Sarah Gregory)
- Tables Turned (Punished Brats)
- Take a Hike! (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), Chelsea Pfeiffer, Clare Fonda
- Teacher Learns a Lesson (Momma Spankings), teacher Sarah Gregory spanked by angry parent Dana Specht.
- To Amuse the Master (Nu-West/Leda Productions), slaves Joanne Jameson and Brenda Scott are allowed to dominate and whip each other to settle a dispute.
- Top Domme (Girl Spanks Girl), Mistress Bella Bathory punished by dominatrix Snow Mercy.
- Turnabout (House of Milan, c. 1990), mistress-becomes-slave story.
- The Turnabout (Disciplinary Arts), Stevie Rose and sister Misty get revenge on mean guardian, Lily Starr.
- Vanna Spanks Her Mom (Nu-West/Leda Productions)
- You Must Spank Your Daughter (Momma Spankings), Sarah Gregory spanks her daughter; both get punished by grandma Dana Specht
- Witchfinder (London Enterprises, 1989), suspected witches get revenge on witch hunter.
- Young Teacher (Punished Brats), teacher gets turnabout revenge via blackmail.