Tuesday, June 1, 2021

"Captioning Sites Exploit Women"

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This blog entry is an editorial and hopefully it will persuade some of you to reconsider what it is you are actually looking at on some sites. I'm referring to what is called "captioning" and involves superimposing text onto photographs, the majority of which have been found on the web and "repurposed" for adult entertainment. I  am, of course, speaking to the spanking community. I can't boil the ocean. But if I can raise a little consciousness I'll consider my ranting justified.

Let me begin by saying that if the photo in question was originally done for a spanking site or such, caption away, have a blast. But many are simply women's vanity or glamor shots and I think it is disgraceful to steal these images and project "cute spanking sayings" over them. My god, some of the subjects look very young, sometimes practically children.

I have complained about this stuff before and been told "get over it, it's the digital age now. It's just the Internet."  or worse "It's harmless fun." Well, I guess people can hide behind any justification, regardless of it's truth,  just to get a brief rise.  It's not "harmless fun" Some subjects are literally traumatized to see their innocent images used that way. It's digital rape!

Do they even consider who that person might be? Someones teenage daughter, someones mother, someone's wife? Well, that's exactly who they are.

If this little essay offends you or turns you off from coming to my blog; farewell and have a nice life. If it detracts from your enjoyment of these exploitations, good for you, it's called growth. If it moves you to speak up against this stuff on other forums - welcome brothers and sisters.

 

..... and a mea culpa

When I voiced this opinion to another Blogger it was pointed out that in the early days of the DWC online we did a couple of those captioning things. I own that, I regret it, and we were lacking in the perspective I am sharing now. I had never read accounts of the women effected by this.






23 comments:

  1. Well, you know that I have long shared your feeling on this and have posted about it several times. With me this practice bothers me for two reasons. One is definitely the point your post mentions about the imposition of sentiments on innocent photos, but the other is the reeking absurdity of the majority of these captions themselves. At best they are of neutral impact, neither inspiring nor offending (beyond the issue of the possible offense to the model or her family). But at worst they are poorly-written, grammatically incorrect, misspelled, obvious, or even extreme stretches of personal fantasy, reeking of pathetic desperation.

    Like you, I also am more tolerant of captions on models who are clearly engaged in the lifestyle, BUT......even while these don't usually bother me for the "model issue", they are often, if not always, still: obvious, unimaginative, pointless, self-indulgent wank-fodder. A shot of an amateur or pro domme tapping a hairbrush on their palm gets captioned with something like, "oh, you're going to get it now." or "wait until I get you over my lap!"? UGH! Really? How "original". Did the creator stay up all night coming up with THOSE? LOL

    I've seen way too many KINKY photos ruined with absurdly trite or intricately weird captions. If you are into captioning, just consider a few basic things: 1. don't use some non-kinky subject gleaned from a fashion ad or worse, someone's personal photos, 2. if you're going to use a kinky shot and add some verbal intrusion, at least make it creative. (if you have nothing original to say...shut up until you do), and 3. when (or if) you do come up with that clever and inspiring gem, make sure you spell it correctly and employ proper grammar!

    (Oh and if you take an "innocent" photo and PHOTOSHOP it to look like the person has been spanked, or locked in a chastity device, or WHATEVER...........do the world (or even just me) a favor and just hang yourself.) ;-)

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  2. You are right, and it’s not just captioning. With the increasing capabilities of digital manipulation software, this is going to get worse before it gets better. We are at or near the point where anyone’s image can be manipulated to present a virtually perfect image of that person in any pose the manipulator might choose. Unauthorized use of someone’s image needs to be illegal, especially if said someone isn’t a public figure.

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  3. Even though I'm a spanking wife and admit to being entertained by some captioned photos, I definitely would not want my image to be used and agree that such use could be traumatic. There are enough spanking photos out there to caption, so don't use an innocent source.

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  4. I feel the opposite. I would giggle at a photo of myself manipulated in such a way, and feel flattered that the poster chose me as their model. The words are clearly not something the women in the photo said or think, so it feels to me more like a parody, and parodies are protected under copyright law. As a woman whose bare bottom has been plastered all over the Internet, with no profit or even attribution back to my blog, I say don't post a photo publicly if you don't want it to spread.

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    1. Parody by definition implies "humor" as intent, not prurience or worse, self-indulgent imposition of a sexual quirk. There is nothing funny about the overwhelming majority of these captions, so I doubt they'd earn a pass as parodies.

      Also, do you have a line as to where your giggling would switch to anger? What if someone used your image to disparage your actual political position and praise the opposite view, essentially making you appear to support something you despise?

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    2. Yes. It depends on intent. If the intent were to specifically target me to make it appear as if I hold positions I do not, then it would be defamatory. If the intent is clearly amusement and entertainment, not specifically targeted at me, then chillax.

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    3. Well I can agree there. If truly funny, I will forgive most anything, but the problem is that I have rarely if ever seen even one kinky caption that is funny. If you know of any, I'd be interested to see them.

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    4. Not funny per se, but for entertainment value amongst kinksters and clearly not to be taken seriously.

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  5. "There are enough spanking photos out there to caption, so don't use an innocent source"

    This is precisely the sentiment. It's the victim's innocence that's violated when their image is badly used. I can go along with the genuine humor qualification.

    "I say don't post a photo publicly if you don't want it to spread." This is almost like the argument that a woman who was raped was to blame because she dressed "suggestively".

    Yes, yes intelligent caution when using the web is/should be standard practice. But people's normal lives these days include sharing images. Exploitation will never be justified by me.

    And I greatly appreciate all of you who are taking the time to discuss this.

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    1. No... a rape is a lot worse than having a pic you posted publicly reused. Trust me, I've tried both.

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    2. Julie,

      I'm sorry for the hyperbole.

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    3. I'm sure a rape is much worse, but that is not what was being compared. The comparison was about supposedly deserving what one gets because of something provocative that did not give anyone the right to take things further. In that regard the comparison is legitimate and turning it into something else is disingenuous,

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    4. Tomy, thank you for that.

      kdp, you're not a nice person.

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    5. and with Julie having the last word, may we please terminate this thread of conversation?

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  6. If I were a blogger who posted pictures of me spanking my husband, I would consider it fair game for someone to add a caption. I am publicly sharing my kink, as Julie does.

    If someone steals a totally vanilla photograph off my Facebook and adds a kinky caption without my permission, I think that's wrong. And that's what a lot of these captions are.

    My husband and I have been reading a number of blogs, and we did see a captioned picture the other day that we both thought was funny. A woman was spanking a man with the caption, "My husband's not perfect ... but he's learning."

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    1. Belle,

      I'm sure your hubby is "still learning" too. But from what I can see he's working on his PhD.

      Regards,

      "Dr." Tomy

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    2. I mostly agree with this as my comments attest, but just to put a finer point on things, I am assuming that your "fair game" response is based on an assumption that the caption would be somewhat in sync with the photo? In other words, would ANY caption be OK with you? I tend to think I could imagine a few that might not get your endorsement. Suppose the caption made a racial slur? What about a political one that ran contrary to your views? ("This will teach you to support Black Lives Matter!")

      The trouble with ANY caption is two-fold: if it's done without permission, there is always a chance of a person being grossly misrepresented or even exploited by the captioner, and even if it is innocuous, it is then obvious and a waste of typing. A photo showing a spanking and a caption saying "Stop squirming. Your deserve this." is redundant, and frankly....lame.

      But even my own humor 'exception' isn't really very considerate. Picture this: you have just remodeled your bedroom and are very proud of it. Soon after, you take a generic spanking shot in it for use on a blog. Someone sees the spanking shot and hates your bedroom decor, seeing it as a great opportunity for a caption. They take YOUR photo, and add a spanking caption along the lines of: "How dare you redecorate our bedroom in this tacky style? After this spanking, I'm enrolling you in a design course!"

      On one hand this could be funny to a third party. And it is still a "spanking caption" using a spanking image.....so no one could object to a kink-related caption. But somehow I think you might not appreciate someone using your own image in mocking YOUR taste and then even accusing your husband of having been the guilty party. Imaging the thing gets popular! You end up seeing yourself on multiple blogs, ridiculing your own choice in decor that you yourself were actually proud of. I think that would feel like a violation on some level.

      The more I think about this, the more sticky it gets.

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    3. If I am ok with my face and Jimmy's bare butt in a picture all over the internet, I wouldn't care if someone dissed my decor!

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    4. Ha, good for you. And yet another echo of my Beloved's sentiments.

      It was 100% for me that no images of her or me went on the Internet. She was fearless in that way.

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  7. I must reemphasize that if you take a moment and look closely at the images used for captioning, the majority of these innocent young women are YOUNG WOMEN, almost children.

    But Captioners feel fully entitled to "entertain themselves". I call it out as sleaze.

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