Thursday, 26 April 2007

Iconic Images 2


I think this is a lovely image. And very exciting. To me it seems almost as if someone had illustrated my favourite spanking fantasy. In its simplicity it contains so much tension and excitement.


There are no faces in the image and that makes it a little impersonal but then it is so much easier to identify with the people in it. The main part is the woman who kneels on a cushion like something. She is wearing something that looks like riding boots and trousers. Her top is pushed up and her trousers pulled down. Someone is standing beside her, I think it is a man but I am not sure. They are holding a riding crop to her bottom. We all know she is to be whipped by it.


But if you think about it. This is an image of pure evil. We get so excited by spanking and images of it so we forget what we see sometimes. Here is a woman kneeling, bared and exposed. Beside her stands someone who is holding a riding crop to her buttocks about to whip her. A riding crop is designed to sting through the thick hide of a horse. Now, someone is taking it to the tender skin of a woman. The purpose is to cause her pain. Furthermore she has had to expose her skin to make the pain even worse. That is immensely cruel and humiliating. She is not tied there but kneels obediently. She accepts being whipped. By force or by own will we don't know but she accepts it. She is already defeated and now she will be whipped.


Think about it! Isn't this a very cruel image? An image of evil. How could you think about whipping someone with a horsewhip like that? No one can really deserve that.


Still, and that is the strange thing, I find this image immensely exciting, attractive and even arousing. I know many others share my view. And for me it is the very cruelty of it that attracts me. The thought of that woman having to surrender to that cruelty. How is it, kneeling there, exposed, waiting for to be whipped? What does she feel? Is it just horrible or is there a kind of excitement in it?


The fact that she has had to expose herself for the whip adds something to it. The mere fact that someone deliberately is going to hit her to cause pain and that she has had to expose her body to make it even worse make this image very exciting. It scares me beyond anything and at the same time it excites me. Do I wish I was that woman? Sometimes I do, but why do I do that?


Am I just trying to convince myself that I am weird? Am I weird? Or is there a contradiction in the fascination with spanking and similar things?

13 comments:

Manorlord said...

Even for one who does not prefer spanking, as such, this is an evocative, even artistic image. Janice fleshes the image out wel w/ discussion of why it fascinates her so.

It would be interesting if other readers of this blog described the elements of their iconic images (mental or visual). For example, the image of a woman, hands bound over her head, is an deeply rooted archetype for me. Even when her hands are not bound, but merely held up, holding a beam or tree, etc. What about you others?

Devilbluedress said...

She looks like she is in a circus... And the image is evocative and erotic...

Janice said...

A circus, never thought of that. Why not, a circus artist that has not done her duty. Interesting...

Anonymous said...

More like she is in riding boots. Maybe she missed a jump...

Masquer said...

This is a much more severe and intense image than your first iconic image. The can or crop will bit deeply into her flesh. She is propped there for a long ordeal. And, once the flogging has ended, one senses that elegant bottom may be put to a different -- more challenging use?

Simon Kade said...

What makes my mind wander via that photo is that she appears to be submitting to such treatment without being bound. Point being...I fantasize "why"? Would punishment be worse if she does not? Does her lust for such a lashing outweigh what pain awaits her? Or...perhaps there have been some activities before the scene has gotten to that point to drive her to such submission. Great photo.

Janice said...

Yes, I agree that this is a severe image. I can't say if something else happens afterwards but in my mind this is enough, it is exciting or scary enough to think about her being whipped like that. And to you Simon, I find your comment interesting but I think I come to this from another angle. In my mind the woman has placed herself there and bared herself. There could be two reasons. She may be defeated already, accepting the power of the one whipping her or she may want it and choose it herself, out of love or devotion, perhaps. But an image is, indeed, open for anyone to interpret, so thank you all for your comments. I really like hearing from you,

Anonymous said...

It is indeed a beautiful and severe image, and as you rightly say, Janice, the fact that she is not bound, and is willingly accepting of her fate only adds to the eroticism of the scene.

opb

masquer said...

Is it more erotic if the punishment is accepted "willingly" (as symbolized by the LACK of obvious restrainst) or when the victim is truly helpless? Based on iconic images, you, Janice, seem to incline to the former, though earlier blogs employ the trappings of rendering the girl helpless.
I confess, part of the spice of the helplessness of the maiden is that she cannot change her mind, and I am free to change the ... game .. at will.

Janice said...

Your comments make me realise one thing. I do have fantasies about girls (including me) being tied to whipping posts or devices only to be whipped. The thing is that I almost look upon the bonds as a kind of help. That it makes it easier for the one being spanked or whipped or whatever. Hm...maybe that is an idea for a blog post.

Dove said...

I am always intrigued by the thought of submitting without bonds almost as a punishment itself. You have to endure or it may get worse.

Lovely picture, I can't help thinking lucky her though. :)
Dove

Anonymous said...

Beautiful image. More powerful because so many details are left to the viewer's imagination, including the backstory.

Intriguing that she is unrestrained. Perhaps she will only receive one stroke of that cruel whip - this time - as a warning to correct her behavior in the future.

Perhaps she has been promised only five stripes if she remains in place and silent as she receives them. She will receive the full twenty if she jumps up or cries out. He smiles inwardly at her futile bravery, knowing that she is sure to receive the full twenty - plus the two (three at most) that will condemn her to much worse.

Perhaps her lack of bondage is simply a symbol of her willingness to endure this pain in order to please him.

Janice said...

Dear anonymous, I am glad you found this very old blogpost. Interesting that you should find the lack of restraints intriguing. For me I find that most often there are none. Maybe the silent accepting of the punishment is part of my fantasies.

Hugs

Janice