Older Stories: Sex, Lies, and Craigslist

by Ginny Mies on June 29, 2006

After a few days of correspondence via email, Abigail* determined that it was safe to go out on a date with Phil, a businessman who described himself on his Craigslist ad as having “worldly tastes and gentlemanly manners,” as a man who was looking for a woman to spoil with his wealth. Armed with some mace and a cell phone, Abigail got into the limo he ordered to pick her up from her friend’s apartment in Brooklyn. The limo dropped her off at a restaurant in White Plains, about an hour north of New York City. Phil looked nothing like the “bronzed playboy” he described in his ad but more like a human frog—not that his appearance mattered to her. She wasn’t looking for a boyfriend. Continue reading

Mommy does Dallas

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 14:09 PDT
From Salon’s Broadsheet

Here’s a knotty — and partly NSFW — saga from the city by the bay. Back in April, Matt Smith of the San Francisco Weekly revealed that California state government funding designed to make businesses more competitive had (long story short) gone to subsidize job training in multimedia technology — for the employees of Kink.com, a pornography business that runs BDSM and other fetish-related websites. “California’s government has been subsidizing torture-based pornography,” Smith wrote.

“I choose to do porn. But I meet people a lot who have seen my asshole before looking in my eyes, and the exposure of my name truly made me feel scared.”

But that’s not the story! Smith’s piece — an arguably not-so-rich blend of reporting and opinion, which actually lost Kink.com this funding — made a lot of people angry, including a Hollywood-based fetish and bondage model/dominatrix/actor/blogger known as Mz Berlin, who, along with her peers, took serious issue with Smith’s apparent conflation of consensual (if unconventional) sex with non-consensual abuse. Continue reading

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