Hello again, everyone. You wouldn't know it by reading this blog, but I am still around. There are lots of new links in the blogroll and I hope you will enjoy them.
It's difficult to find a topic related to spanking that I haven't discussed before. Here at MBS, we've looked at spanking from every imaginable perspective. Save one.
I hesitate to bring up this difficult topic, but it's been thrust into my consciousness and I feel as though I can no longer ignore it. You may find this subject upsetting. I know I do. If you are troubled by what you read here, I invite you to browse my archive or explore the links at the right. I don't wish to offend anyone.
I received an e-mail last month from a nineteen year old college student who told me that she loved my blog and that my words had helped her to better understand herself. "How nice," I thought, until she informed me that she had been reading for five years.
I am of two minds about this revelation, if it is in fact a revelation at all. What follows is my argument with myself.
We can't be surprised. This isn't the first time a reader has admitted to reading spanking blogs when they were underage. There was even one fairly well known spanking model who said she read MBS in her younger years.
They killed Socrates for corrupting the youth, didn't they? There are legalities here. We simply cannot involve children in what we do.
The blog is not intended for children. We have never done anything to attract or retain them. We don't correspond with them. We used to have a graphic that said this is adult material, but we removed it lest it have the opposite effect. We know how kids want to do anything they are told they shouldn't.
It's precisely because we know about kids that we should worry.
Compared to everything else on the Internet, this blog is mighty tame.
That is totally not the point. These are innocent children. We could be exposing them to material that they are not yet mature enough to handle properly.
We understand the concern. We're a mother and a grandmother and we aim to protect our young above all else. But let's remember our own teenage years. Innocent wouldn't be the best word to describe us. We were always deeply interested in spanking. We looked for information wherever it could be found.
True, but it's a different world today. We looked for the rare reference in books and mainstream magazines. Now we have Tumblr. Need we say more?
MBS is not Tumblr. There are no graphic photographs or videos here. It's primarily the story of long married couple expressing their love. It's actually kind of wholesome if you think about it.
We're insane if we think that. We have tutorials that help people learn to spank each other. Do we really want kids reading that?
Of course not, but we know from personal experience that there are young spankos out there. They are just as curious as we were. If our blog didn't exist, they would learn about spanking elsewhere, and I'm sure they are doing that anyway.
So our argument is that everyone else is doing it? What did our mother say about jumping off a cliff?
Let's leave dear old Mom out of this. Our blog is targeted to consenting adults who share this interest. We emphatically reject the old argument that the Internet should be censored because kids might find something harmful. Where are the parents? Shouldn't they be monitoring their children's surfing habits?
We can't be that out of touch. Most teenagers today know how to delete their browser history. And with smart phones, it's not like the old days when the PC sat in plain sight in a corner of the family room. Surfing can happen anywhere and monitoring high school age kids is almost impossible.
If we can't control where kids explore and we can't alter the content to which they are potentially exposed, why are we still arguing?
Can't we at least feel a little bit guilty about our role?
Yes, we can and we do. But we think the good we do in helping consenting adults find their way more than offsets any potential harm.
Ah, the classic utilitarian argument! The flaw is, as it always was, that we're talking about real people. We should not cause any harm.
Then we should do not any good either, since the two seem to be inseparable. Would it have been better if we'd spent the past ten years sitting on the couch and watching television instead of blogging?
We don't even know at this point.
Yes, we do. The people we've met and the friends we've made make our journey worthwhile. Besides, all the new ideas we've acquired have reignited our private life with Randy.
OK. But let's keep these considerations in mind when we write.