One thing spanking fiction has given me is a place where the submissive partner (because yes, sadly from my polyamorous perspective, most spanking fiction shows monogamous couples) often has the job of staying home, being the homemaker. That's a comforting image for me. While the reasons why are complex, I've bee a homemaker for about a decade now. Many other pieces of my identity, interests, & beliefs make this tricky and often uncomfortable. But spanking fiction gives me a place to see subs engaging in the same job I do. And since more often than not, the female-identified person stays home- contrary to what's expected now in the US- I also get that moral support- to make that one more choice that puts me outside the mainstream.