Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I could post this response in the comments section of my December 4 post, but I thought I would bring the reader comment to everyone’s attention. Curious One has made some strong points about how and why people offer the lash and I encourage everyone to read it.
My response is this: Thank you, Curious One! You make the point that people who have made some comments on our YouTube videos seeking more lashes or laid on harder (or other enhancement) probably have never seriously taken the lash. It is easy for some people (but not the majority) to watch another person suffer and say, “Hey! Hit him harder!” (As an aside, I actually welcome all comments—we do enjoy making the videos and the purpose other than our own enjoyment is to entertain others with them—and want to give people what they want to see—within our personal limits, of course). What we hope comes across, though, is the courage and endurance of the man under the lash.
We have had one other person watch our sessions (the camera operator) and I didn’t even care that he was there once the lashes began raking my back. I am more interested in showing the world how I genuinely take it—that’s why we film these. I don’t try to hide behind fake machismo and stifle my cries for the benefit of the audience—I want them to see it for what it is.
We don’t establish a safe-word, so I have to take the number of lashes we agree upon before the session starts. Everyone who watches it (hopefully) can tell that it is real pain from real lashes with a whip. I take it as I take it, with little regard for the camera, knowing that nothing I say or do will stop the lashes until I have receive the required punishment. So, if a particular lash wrenches an uncontrolled scream from me, that is OK because anyone watching is witnessing a man take a real flogging, in substantially the same manner as soldiers, sailors, and prisoners have done throughout history.
The answer to the question: “what is the appeal?” is not black-and-white. As Curious One pointed out in his comment, he dreads being whipped, but nonetheless steps forward time and again to take it. I feel the same way. Of all the whips that have landed on my bare back, the one I fear the most is the prison strap (that viewers can watch me take 10 lashes with in Shirtless Muscle Dude Gets Whipped). That heavy leather monster makes me cringe, yet it is the one I most look forward to taking—because it is my true test.