Monday, January 3, 2011
Severe But Safe
Richie referenced a website that shows severe whippings in a comment on our Jan 1 post “Two Dozen Lashes: Discussion of New Video”. He mentioned that the site was brutal and often showed the “Prisoner” (which I prefer to use instead of “victim”) being whipped bloody. Personally, I think that blood is a real turn off. The idea is that it should be safe--and a beating that draws blood is never safe (for several reasons).
The rules for our videos are:
1. No Blood. The Punisher will stop if it looks like we are getting close to drawing blood. We want to make sure that there is no permanent scarring (you can't guarantee that if blood is drawn): the real test is the test of pain and the bravery it takes for a man to put himself through it. Permanent proof of the ordeal can be found in the videos, it doesn’t need to be sported on his back at the beach.
2. No nudity. The only skin you will see on our videos is that found on the shirtless backs of men, which cannot be considered nudity. We have this rule because we feel that flogging is not a sexual experience—it is a challenge. We do understand that some people derive sexual pleasure from receiving or inflicting pain—or watching it be inflicted—but that’s not what we’re about: We are in this for the challenge.
3. Only men will be whipped. We have discussed the reason for this rule before on the blog. Flogging is a traditional public punishment for men. Men need discipline and the whip often provided that. Testing ourselves against the ordeals we know many of our forefathers endured is a way for us to understand how men have lived throughout human history. Flogging has been an acceptable form of punishment for far longer than it has been banned—and maybe we will see it come back. However, flogging a woman is barbaric. Besides, as Mike noted in a comment to the Jan 1 post, “severe whipping is what we male animals need”. We couldn't agree more.