I stumbled across this detailed “explain kink to the vanillas” article about a couple in the San Francisco kink scene. It’s better done than most newspapers can manage, even in San Francisco. Here’s a bit from near the end, where “Bottom” explains how she likes being flogged:
Bottom says she feels no pain from the whipping. She says it’s because her partner knows what he’s doing, he brings her along slowly before the full flogging begins. By that time, the skin has swelled and reddened and is protected from harm.
“It’s really kind of a glow right now,” she says. She smiles. “I feel great.”