Monday, December 20, 2010
Flogging Community & Censorship
Our friend Anonymous (I hope he eventually decides to create a login and post as an identifiable member of the community we’re creating here), made a comment about YouTube on our "Inflicting Punishment” post (Dec 14): “PS: Good luck keeping your YouTube channel up. The thought police recently found "newlatigazos" and deleted his account with all his single-tail whipping videos. They seem terribly inconsistent. They've had no problems with "Deakon Wicked" and "Dereckson009" who were just playing around. They have no problem with kids messing (around) with towels and belts. It's not like what you and newlatigazos filmed are outside contemporary community standards.”
We couldn’t agree more. Because of our content, we are in constant danger of being shut down—despite the fact that our videos do not depict sexuality in any form. Just because some people find sexual pleasure in watching muscular men receive floggings, does not mean that the videos themselves contain any sexual content. However, we cannot control what YouTube does. It is their space and we all play by their rules (as arbitrary as they are). Nonetheless, we will continue to make videos and post them for our viewers’ enjoyment and our own—for as long as we are able.
This raises the very real possibility that the WhippingDudes YouTube channel could either 1) have our videos pulled or 2) have the whole channel shut down. Our goal with the channel and with this blog is to create a community where people can share their flogging experiences (both as Punished and Punisher) in writing, and as a place where people can easily access the videos of other people who like to film the test of endurance that is a real flogging (this we hoped would be accomplished by making our channel the go-to place to find others with similar tastes (i.e. through the YouTube friends we make and the channels we subscribe to)). Because of the danger of censorship on YouTube, we need to know: Does anyone know of a website where flogging videos like the kind we make will not be censored?
In the meantime (until we find such a website—if it exists), we strongly encourage everyone interested in flogging/whipping, to spread the word about the existence of our YouTube channel and of this blog. If we can build a robust community interested in flogging, we can ensure that YouTube is not the final word on the discussion and viewing of flogging videos.