Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Laying On The Lashes
We have had several comments touching on the other side of the flogging coin: How the “Inflictor” feels while doing it. Some people have noted here and on the WhippingDudes YouTube channel comments that it is hard to find someone who is willing to put leather to flesh. Based on these comments, it is easy to conclude that there are more people willing—and desiring—to expose their backs to the lash than there are people willing to strike the blows. Why is that?
Richie has challenged the readers of this blog to begin that discussion. At first, I thought a poll would be a good place to start, but it is hard to formulate a poll without a better understanding of what goes through a person’s mind while they are whipping a man’s bare back.
It is easy to understand the physical challenge of endurance flogging from the receiving end, but what about the emotional endurance of the Inflictor who is creating the pain? Most people would rather feel pain themselves than watch someone else suffer, which makes it hard for them to willingly inflict it. So, obviously, both sides have to man-up for the session: Both have to be physically and emotionally prepared for the ordeal.
It is possible that a Prisoner can react violently and genuinely hate the flogging, and indicate that through his grunts and screams, but that doesn’t mean the session should end before the punishment is complete (otherwise why do it at all?). This is where the challenge for the Inflictor comes in: He must remain unmoved and merciless in the application of the whip; he must lay each and every lash on with full force, regardless of how the Prisoner reacts. What goes through an Inflictor’s mind when he sees a bare back, welted and sweating from dozens of hard lashes, needing dozens more to complete the punishment?
If the Prisoner is brave enough to step up for a flogging, the Inflictor has to be brave enough to see it through to the end. Does it take a stronger will to inflict the punishment than it does to endure it? How does a man find the will to flog another man? Would an Inflictor exposing his own back to the lash help him to understand what is needed, or would that just make it harder for him to lay it on another man’s helpless back?