When people think S&M, one of the first things that come to mind is whips. This immediately makes the whole subject intimidating for most of the curious, since the common misconception is that this ultimately means bullwhips, and bullwhips mean real damage. The reality is that only a very few Dom/mes use real bullwhips, and this only after they've developed the skill and responsibility to use them without flaying their subs. Most whips used in S&M are actually prop or toy whips. While these whips certainly can deliver a sting and leave a mark, they're perfectly safe in terms of avoiding real harm to your body. All the same, if you're thinking about using whips, make sure you learn the ropes of responsible BDSM first.