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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Mother Teresa

Sometimes you just can't predict how a post is going to go. Take this one for example. I had intended to take another sarcastic shot deriding the kinky captioning of 'innocent' and ad/stock photos to add my voice to Tomy's recent post. (See Tomy's blog "Tomy's Wife")

I intended to again see if the advocates of captioning as "fair game", and "perfectly OK" could condone some of my suggestions. My first offering was this stock photo, still sporting its watermark as an example of just what kinds of pictures are out there. 

Yeah, I mean, OBVIOUSLY this kid is just asking for it right? I mean, hell, she agreed to be a stock model, so whatever happens, happens. Serves her parents right for exploiting her for profit at such a young age. The bastards. 

So I thought, "hmmmm, what could be a good caption for this?" How about: "It's a nice cake, but I'd rather be blowing my Mom's boyfriend's BBC instead of these stupid candles." ? I mean who could object to that? And to make caption-lovers even more comfortable with the sentiment, I could even use the incorrect but meme-popular "it be", misspell 'rather' and write it like this: "It be a nice cake, but I rathur be blowin' some BBC." Perfect. Hell, even the girl's parents couldn't object to something like that......after all, they encouraged her to be a stock model.

Then I thought: what next? What female celebrity could I exploit to further my point? Whose image would contrast nicely with some spank-porn trope? Well, obviously Mother Teresa! So I found this shot and came up with the proposed caption below:

"I can't cure you, but I can give you a good spanking."

And that's when the unexpected happened. Alongside the standard stuff on Mother Teresa was this opinion/review of  HBO's "The Turning: The Sisters Who Left"ARTICLE ) which described scenes of torment and self-flagellation being advocated by Mother Teresa. The irony was too funny. In the past, an argument I had heard defending captions on non-kinky models was "how do you know the person ISN'T kinky?" And here was that argument playing out in real life! 

I can't say the coincidence changed my mind. I STILL think captioning (or worse, Photoshopping) non-kinky stock, personal, or ad photos with spank or kink captions is wrong. Except now I can't shake the unsettling thought of that little blonde finishing up her shoot and going home to some BBC. (Someone should pray to Saint Mother Teresa on her behalf.)

At least my other objection to kink-captions is unshaken: and that is that regardless of the original photo's subject, whether presumed innocent or clearly kinky, whether lifted from a porn site or from Facebook, the overwhelming majority are like a McDonald's burger: technically legal to serve and procure, but essentially boring and tasteless shit that a lot of people are still eager to consume. 

As a free speech advocate, I am loathe to make captioning illegal, but I also think a certain amount of regulation is reasonable as it is for all things. (wearing a seat belt when driving). So I propose that those who wish to caption do so responsibly, and that those who wish to Photoshop beach photos or whatever to look like the person was spanked to have to do so while sitting in this chair. 


14 comments:

  1. I had not really thought about the ethics of captioning before. But it does seem that they cross the boundary of consent, when following the "Safe, Sane and Consenting" mantra. I will have to think about this for a while.

    My main complaint about captioning to date is that many captions tend to be too long and unimaginative. Captioners need to learn to get to the point in as few words as possible and only have worthwhile captions

    Prefectdt

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    1. What a great response! ( I have to echo Tomy in his reply to you below)

      As for the second issue, the unimaginative aspect, I wholeheartedly agree. And often these things are not just insipid or trite, but make me feel queasy just reading them. Like I'm staring into someone's personal dissatisfaction emblazoned in some weird caption.

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  2. NICE bit of satire KD.

    And to Spankedhortic II - You made my day just by being willing to think about this issue.

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    1. Thank you. I wanted to support your post with something in my own style, but saying the same thing. I am very glad that you posted your essay and even feel like I know what might have triggered it because it nearly triggered me. LOL

      And thanks for commenting to Prefectdt. I think it's important to acknowledge effort.

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    1. I can't tell from that response what you are thinking.

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    2. very skeevy, but I also see the humor.

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    3. Ah, I see. Well, even the humor has a serious point this time. It's like so many defend captions for these dismissive reasons, so I figured, "let's take that to it's logical extreme and see if the justifications still stand?"

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  4. Went too far with Mother Teresa, she did so much, gave her life for others, crossed the line. Jack

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    1. Did you not understand the point of this post?

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  5. see with that pandemic disease all that pops into my kinky mind is the horror of all the germs and virus being blown all over that perfectly good birthday cake

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    1. See? She really IS a horrible person who deserves whatever happens to her image. LOL

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  6. I am so torn on the whole captions thing. I agree that it seems to cross into non-consensual, since neither the model nor the photographer knew they would be used specifically for this. I think I would say "it depends" when it comes to the whole consent thing, but I may not be all that correct on that. If I am seeing a person I don't know and will never meet in this context, I am not sure that it is all that damaging.

    Perhaps one way around this would be to create some new deepfake people, who don't actually exist, and then use them for hopefully imaginative captions!

    However, I really like captions, if well thought of and imaginative. I like them because each caption holds a whole little fantasy around it, with the details to be filled in by my imagination. I expect that is also the reason that I like spanking pictures much better than GIFs or videos, because with video I can see exactly how it is going down, hard or soft, fast or slow, her tone, his response, etc. But with pictures, it is all left to my vivid imagination.

    -ZM

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    1. I agree with you on your last point. I share that same view and have similar preferences for similar reasons. Imagination is more personal than someone else's vision.

      But I do think it's a little weak to justify captioning because it's liked. I like a lot of things and would 'like' to do a whole lot more. Hell, I'd 'like' to perhaps do a real-life abduction scene with someone......but there are kidnapping laws against it. But still......on some level....for me....it might be fun. Sure for the victim it would be a terror-filled nightmare, but hey, we are just talking about what "I" would like. ;-)

      Your fake image idea has merit though. I would much prefer CGI being used in place of real images, or worse.....real images photoshopped to represent something not in the original.

      I also strongly agree with "if well thought of and imaginative". The trouble is I think the ratio of those to the pathetic and lame others is exponentially imbalanced. At least for me.

      Thanks for weighing in though, Z! Always nice to have you drop by.

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