Folks who follow us on twitter or have seen our live webcam shows will have heard us talk about tia's smart ass penalties.
The essence of the system is simple: whenever tia does or says anything that I deem to be "smart assed", he's obliged to add a mark to the tally he keeps in his punishment journal.
(The punishment journal deserves explanation too but that'll have to wait for another day!)
Every so often - which works out to a couple times a month - I beat my sissy slave, giving him one stroke of whatever the chosen torture is for each mark. And in a deliciously evil refinement, tia also gets marks added to his tally when OTHER people say/do smart ass things.
Izzy takes gleeful advantage of this at every opportunity. ;-D
A canny person might have pointed out long ago that this scheme does little to discourage tia's smart-ass commentary on life. Indeed these "penalties" do quite the opposite: they serve as a structured way to guarantee kinky play in our lives. I know with utter certainty that tia will be a smart ass, and therefore there'll ALWAYS be a reason to "punish" him. And being who we are things like spankings, CBT and bondage add up to a really good time.
So yeah, in a literal sense these "punishments" are not punishments at all. But in a larger sense they DO serve the purpose of putting him in his place. They remind him, in that visceral endorphin-induced way, that he is my OWNED SLAVE, here for my entertainment and pleasure.
In fact, in a way they keep both of us in our place. Even the act of keeping track is an exercise in dominance. Informing him when he's to add another mark to his tally, teasing him about his propensity to BE smart-assed when he knows perfectly well he'll be punished for it, playing games of "let's see how many tally marks tia can rack up tonight" are the sort of small, everyday power-play exchanges that our 24/7 Mistress/slave relationship is made of.