Superman branding iron


#1

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#2

How fortuitous. I’ve been looking for the right time and place to share this gem:
https://imgur.com/gallery/RCPYB14
Edit: There, that should work.

(source, but you can’t see it without an account)


#3

It’s not possible to give consent to be branded, during sadomasochistic sex in the legal sense of protecting the person who carries out the branding from prosecution. (edited to add)


#4

And yet my tattooist will happily do it if you’re over 18.


#5

That’s just mean.

There will a lot of other people who can’t stand not seeing what the rest of that comic is.
So I feel that I need to link this.

For those who don’t understand the power of the Google Image Search! Or, those who just can’t be arsed!


#6

Huh. I’d be curious what the legal justification is for it being different to being stabbed repeatedly by an ink covered needle.


#7

Damn it. I was in a hurry and didn’t check; I thought it was an expandable thumbnail, not an automagically-cropped image.


#8

Just a guess here, but I don’t suppose tattooing comes with the same… historical connotations as branding does, at least in USA.


#9

Ok revised understanding:

  • If the motive for causing an injury was sadistic (“I did it because I like inflicting pain, M’lud”), and the injury is not “trifling” then consent doesn’t need to be considered to decide whether a crime took place.
  • You can consent to a risk of injury in sport etc.
  • In general you can’t give consent for someone to maim you, irrespective of their motive, except:
  • Licensed doctors are assumed to have consent to carry out medically necessary procedures / surgeries

#10

There’s no way that little bic and that brand scorched that piece of wood like that.


#11

The relevant bit of legal history in the UK

It happened while James Anderton was Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, aka God’s Cop


#12

Nice (and fairly short) article on consent and injury in Canada…

http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/legalfeeds/2381/courts-need-to-reconsider-laws-around-kinky-sex.html


#13

The irony of this is that Superman could never be branded–for two reasons:

  1. He’s invulnerable.

  2. He isn’t real.


#14

This could be for a fan of The Spider pulps or The Phantom comics or serial. Both of those characters had rings that left permanent marks on criminals they punched (or shot and killed?), as a warning to others. Can’t remember if it was branding or punching, but I think The Spider was sometimes leaving his mark on corpses after he shot them to death. Phantom came a little later, if I remember correctly.


#15

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