Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I left the post from Jan 13 at the top of the blog through the long weekend (Monday was the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in the US) to see if we could get more of a conversation going—and it worked: We have a few new people beginning to make comments. I ask everyone to go back and check out the comments on the earlier posts to see if there are new ones you might have missed.
I especially encourage everyone to read Richie’s comment on the January 10th post, “Discipline of the Lash”. It is a powerful and detailed piece, and raises the important issue of the whip being used for behavior-modification. I’m sure many of the regular readers will find something to remark upon—and I encourage you to get involved and post a comment!
I would like to thank everyone who has made comments on various aesthetic issues with the videos I have uploaded. I have received some interesting input through the comments sections of this blog and the WhippingDudes YouTube channel, and through private messages and emails. I really do appreciate the feedback—and have been working to incorporate those suggestions that I think will enhance viewer experience. For example, on the latest video “Soldier’s Punishment: Flogging”, we had the Prisoner count the strokes as they were laid on—this was not actually suggested as so much demonstrated by newlatigazos on one of his now-defunct videos. We liked that element, so we used it—to popular effect.
I have received a few suggestions to have the whip laid on from both sides. However, we are not yet able to film the whip coming from the right-hand side. My Inflictor, being right-handed, doesn’t have the control for a hard left-handed application and doesn’t feel comfortable with the accuracy of a back-handed use with the right. Until I can find a left-handed Inflictor, we are going to have to stick with a right-handed flogging from the left. We do want to incorporate this aspect, but we just don’t have what we feel we need to pull it off yet.
Also, there have been several requests for what I call “dramatic” elements prior to the flogging, such as the reading of the sentence, the prisoner stripping off his shirt (or having the shirt ripped off), the prisoner being tied up, etc. Because we are doing this for fun, and the current non-mainstream nature of this sport, we are concerned with how this might be viewed amongst our professional peers (if they should somehow happen across our videos), so we are proceeding with an abundance of caution and are careful not to have our faces filmed. Some of these features (which are part of my long-term vision and would greatly like to incorporate) are incompatible with those concerns—for the moment. Rest assured, though, that I am working on finding a way to incorporate as many of these dramatic elements as possible into future videos, while maintaining the anonymity of the actors. Stay tuned!