Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Flogging As Entertainment
I was excited to read that an Anonymous contributor was inspired by my YouTube videos to endure a flogging for himself for the first time; he noted on a comment to the Jan 1 post that, “…man it hurt but I will definitely do again!” I believe this is evidence to support what I have understood through intuition for a long time: Flogging is something many people enjoy—they either just don’t consciously know they like it or are afraid to acknowledge it (even to themselves). I have always believed that most people just liked to watch floggings (mostly due to the extreme nature of this challenge and peoples’ natural voyeuristic tendencies), but this indicates that with the right inspiration, many people will jump to the challenge of an experience under the lash!
Further evidence that flogging is more generally accepted than most would expect comes from a movie review I read years ago about Starship Troopers when it first came out (I can’t find a link-reference to the article, so you’ll just have to take my word). The author of the article said that the young-adult audience, which had been somewhat rowdy up to that point, went silent during the flogging scene. He was particularly struck by the fact that this was the only part of the movie in which that happened. Of course, Casper Van Dien is a good-looking muscular actor, and watching him tied up shirtless for a flogging is enough to give anyone pause.
As we continue to build this community and to spread awareness of this extreme challenge, I thought it would be appropriate to create a WhippingDudes FaceBook page. Please visit and “Like” it—and recommend it to friends.