Monday, December 27, 2010
Men Under The Lash
There were many comments made on our blog posts over the holiday weekend. Our new friend, Mike, posted on virtually every post we have made so far. Thanks, Mike!
On the “Corporal Punishment Alternative to Jail?” post, Mike writes, “…its got to be voluntary and, sexist pig that I am, men only.” I am not so sure that it is sexist to insist that only men take the lash. I think it is more a function of our society’s customs. There is something in us that just doesn’t want to watch a woman physically suffer. As an example, I suggest you watch this theatrical flogging of a woman in this Mary Bryant YouTube clip. That’s one of the most savage (and probably realistic for the period) floggings I have ever seen in a movie, yet I found it to be disturbing because it was a woman being flogged. If it had been a man enduring that flogging, I would have bookmarked it and saved it for repeated viewing.
I also think a further reason that we expect to watch only men take whippings is, as Mike points out, our custom that allows men to take off their shirts in public. It isn’t a scandal when a man strips off his shirt on the street, but the same action would land a woman in jail. If a man can take off his shirt in public for any number of activities, like swimming, running, working, etc, then we can expect him to expose his back to the whip.
Any beating that is not exclusively on a man’s bare back cannot be called a flogging, nor even, generally, whipping. If it requires or contains nudity (a shirtless back isn’t nudity), it is sexual BDSM. There are plenty of forums for that already in existence. WhippingDudes is not about sex: Our goal with this blog—and our YouTube channel—is to focus on the manly courage it takes to seek out and endure flogging. If you enjoy watching men take this traditional form of punishment, or if you’re a man who likes “an awesome masculine ordeal”, you have found a home here!