But I don't consider myself a spanko at all because I never grew up with the general spanking tropes roiling around in my head. I didn't fantasize about OTK. I didn't have discipline interests that seem so common to the people I talk to who came from a long-standing spanking interest (like school discipline or boss/secretary or father/child kind of things). Rulers weren't pervertable objects to me. Neither were belts (belts were just for holding one's pants up). When I saw someone getting spanked in a tv show or movie they were simply being punished, it wasn't fodder for masturbatory fantasies (or, well, just fantasies). It still surprises me when I inadvertently roll up my sleeves around someone like Lizzie and she sort of trails off with what she was saying to stare, mesmerized, as I do it. ("What?" I'll ask, then realize what she's staring at and sort of chuckle to myself.)
That being said, it's not that I don't like most of those things (though the whole age play thing still squicks me out). I love OTK, discipline, a good rough scene. Inflicting pain gets me off. Decidedly so. And spanking, as a means to do that, utterly works for me.