What is “Flogger”?
After the single tail whip, floggers were the most common whipping instrument used in punishments. Floggers, historically, often had pieces of bones or metal sticking out of the end of the leather thongs. This caused ripping and tearing of the skin.
In BDSM, floggers are modified so that instead of sharp edges, rubber, leather and/or horse hair are added to ensure less damage is done. Many people find flogging extremely pleasing and pleasurable, along with the pain. It is very common to see floggers used in shows at BDSM conventions and play parties.
The attraction to floggers is the amount of control the Dom has over the pain level inflicted on the sub. Many Dominants take pride in their mastery of a flogger and can often use one in each hand for continued striking.
Dos and Don’ts
Applying Traffic Light Codes when using floggers is a good way to keep a Dom from exceeding the pain threshold of their subs.
For beginners, using floggers on the butt, thighs, chest or back of their partner is safer and poses lesser risks of leaving excessive trauma and harm on the sub. Making the sub wear a protective layer over sensitive areas of their body (for instance the tail bone, skin and areas near the kidney) is a good way to cushion and reduce the impact of the flogger.
There are different types of floggers available. There are floggers crafted with pommels while there are also those specifically designed to help Doms have a better grip on the device. Sting variants of floggers induce sharp, stinging sensations that are only felt for a couple of seconds, while thud-type floggers produce a duller yet deeper type of pain.
Partners should explore together what type of floggers to use during play. More importantly, safewords and consent should always be the priority of Doms and subs no matter what type of sexual practice they choose to take part in.
Related Practices and Fetishes
Erotic spanking is a variation of spanking wherein the person being spanked experiences sexual arousal when they are hit hard on their buttocks. Other types of whips are the single tail, bullwhips, cat o’ nine tails, and dragon tails.