Which is more humane sitting in a jail cell or receiving lashes with a bull-whip?
- If you would prefer jail, then lashes would be a much better
deterrent to criminal activity. Hearing or seeing someone being
lashed for selling drugs might make one think before doing it
themselves. By virtue of the number of repeat offenders in prison
it is obvious that the current penal system doesn't work.
- Sitting in a jail cell. I can't imagine how much it would burn
in your memory to hear that person screaming! Perhaps, but the
point is that the whipping is also a "memorable experience" for the
person receiving it. Punishment needs to be prompt and acute in
order to be effective. Jail merely gives the offender the
opportunity to associate with other criminals and learn more
efficient techniques for committing crime. The typical young man
will find that getting bull whipped is painful and humiliating, but
he might prefer that to getting his teeth knocked out so as to
facilitate homosexual rape in the jailhouse.
- Unless you are into S & M a small jail cell works!
- Getting bullwhipped is more than painful and humiliating. It
can be lethal. Lashes with a lesser implement of pain like the cat
o 'nine tails may be more humane than jail depending on
circumstances and length of confinement. With the bullwhip, the
trauma and bleeding can result in death before the final lash is
delivered, or a more agonizing death by infection after the
sentence is carried out. Even with the cat, a sentence of one
hundred lashes was equivalent to a death sentence, as few survived.
The bullwhip was inhumane and utterly ineffective as a deterrent,
whereas the cat is still used to punish offenders in many low-crime
countries today. As to the S & M reference, I cannot testify
personally, but I imagine those whips are made of yarn; sexual toys
for immature morons. A real whip is something else.
- Id prefer lashes one time punishment nice and quick no time
wasted in a cell wounds will heal its likely you'll get worse or
experience worse in prison off of the inmates
- No offense intended, but the answer just preceding this is just
a bit elitist. You are imaging no long term affects but that is not
guaranteed. You could be inadvertently maimed of contract a deadly
infection from a severe lashing. See the answer just above yours.
The only time it may be a preferable alternative is if the term was
a long one for the reason you stated. Please don't be getting
yourself in trouble. Stay safe.
- Its possible... but id rather take that chance even if to
contract a illness medicines may be able to cure it plus your life
isn't wasted in a cell. Many say the worst part of prison is the
experiences they face.
- I would go along with the comment that a cat-of-nine would be
better - as it is designed to give pain without doing permanent
damage. This was simply because once you had flogged your sailor /
slave / soldier, you wanted him to be able to work again quickly.
Most of the film recreations of blood soaked backs are massively
unrealistic. A bullwhip however takes true skill to master
accurately, can cause severe lacerations - but in some case a cut
can actually hurt less than a stroke which ALMOST breaks the skin.
As such there is a real risk of causing medical problems - which a
longer flogging with a cat would not have caused. As for the
comments that BDSM whips are made of yarn, perhaps some of the play
ones are - but some folks most certainly do use very real whips.
Different strokes for different folks as they say.... And to answer
the original question, I would prefer the lash over prison any