After the recent posts on strict detentions, I have received a large number of e-mails requesting further information on the disciplinary methods outlined by the legendary Mrs. Birch on her now sadly defunct website. One article, which I reproduce here, is taken from a Victorian lady's diary and refers to the use of stinging nettles to discipline young gentlemen who indulge in persistent "self-abuse":-
"This is one of my favourite treatments, since it is open to a great deal of formality and ritual. This prolongs the anticipation and fear of the punishment ahead and enhances the effects. In the Americas and most of Europe wild nettles are abundant and freely available. Their versatility is legendary as an instrument of punishment and as an effective deterrent to the deplorable habit of self-abuse by young Gentlemen. Their persuasive manner may first be employed as a simple 'switching' with a stout nettle on hands or naked genitals. Should this have no lasting effect then there are more severe treatments that can be employed. Let me describe to you the application of what I would describe as the ultimate sanction for the young Gentleman who would appear to be totally incorrigible.
After Breakfast the male should be given a large garden basket and invited to join you for a leisurely stroll in nearby fields or woods where wild stinging nettles are known to grow. He will quickly realise that his disgusting act has been discovered and that he is to be 'nettled', thus his torment begins as he cuts and gathers the plants for his own demise. Supervise him to make sure he selects fresh, strongly growing nettles. Let him use gloves at this stage.
Since the nettles are being collected for their stinging properties, make sure you check he only collects those that have a sufficiency of stinging hairs. These are the long, bristle-like hairs, which should stand out clearly from the shorter, softer, non-stinging hairs. Plants with well-developed purple pigment in the stems (a response to higher light levels) tend to have more stinging hairs than those plants which remain green. Nettles are best selected in spring when their stinging properties are most fiery. Make sure he does not bruise or damage the leaves as this will reduce their effectiveness. Keep them in a vase of water so they remain fresh.
The remainder of the day he should spend either performing menial chores or writing lines. Then, at the end of the day, instruct him to strip the nettle leaves from their stalks using his bare hands and pack the leaves into two sailcloth 'Mittens' and a small calico bag, all equipped with drawstrings around their tops.
After Dinner, invite him to join you in the punishment room and deliver a thorough thrashing on both his hands and his bare buttocks using a Lochgelly tawse, before ordering him to stand in the corner of the room, hands on head. Leave him for at least thirty minutes before ordering him to fetch the bags of nettles and the remaining leaves and bring them to his bedroom.
Have him strip the bed completely and place an old flannel sheet upon the bedstead. Supervise him closely and apply the strap as necessary. By this time he will be trembling uncontrollably as you now start to lay the surplus nettles on the centre of the flannel sheet. Gently and calmly motion him to lie face up, upon the bed. It will be with great trepidation that he lies atop the carefully laid out nettles. Make sure they were placed with the underside of the leaf pointing upwards. Now fasten his wrists and ankles to the bed frame. He will already be wriggling and gasping as the nettles rekindle the fire in his buttocks. Now tie him securely to the bed frame.
With thick gloved hands, leather gardening gloves are ideal, to protect you from the nettles, place your finger and thumb firmly on his pubis and with firm strokes to the penis shaft from the other bring him to full erection. He may gasp in excitement and struggle to push his pelvis forward and up to meet your tantalising fingers but there is to be no release - only pain will follow and he must know it. His legs will tremble as he wriggles on his seat of torment.
Next the penis bag is put in place and secured firmly to the base of his twitching member by the draw string. The squeals and pleas for clemency will begin but must go totally unheeded.... he WILL learn! Smile at him and kiss him goodnight on the forehead, making sure you totally ignore his pleading, tear-filled eyes. Leave the room as his cries start to echo around the room and move to the far end of the house so as not to be disturbed by his agonised shrieks. This treatment lasts by far the longest period of time! Prickling and sharp stinging begin almost immediately, and will continue at a fairly even intensity for almost four hours. Yes he MUST learn .... no more unnatural acts!"
Just a brief safety tip - some people can have adverse reactions to the stinging chemicals in nettle plants so make sure you check regarding allergies if you intend to use this excellent punishment method! For reference, there is a nice article on "Sado-Botany" here:- http://www.mordor.u-net.com/smbd/nettles.html