Boymeat (boymeat) wrote,
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Nerve.com Call to Action

Here is what is being sent out to activist lists nationwide. They apparantely took down all the comments - guess its working. Now is the next step. Please read the action alert below. Thanks again for all your help!

Hello everyone...

As you may have heard, Nerve.com has been publishing a series of stories written by a man named Grant Stoddard about Leather Retreat, an event that happened recently. Readers of part 1 of this story can see the adventures of the author driving down to camp with a person named "Manflesh." Well, quite obviously, Manflesh is me... and I need all your help.

Grant had approached me as a registrant of the event, asking for a ride down. As many of us would do, I reached out to someone who I thought was a novice to our community, and gave him a ride down. I also talked with him as to what
to expect, what has happened before, and other fun little stories. I took him in, introduced him to my friends.

What I DIDN'T know was that the kind young man was an undercover reporter for Nerve.com. I think if you all read these pieces (its being told in 5 parts - 1-4 are already up -- http://www.nerve.com/dispatches/stoddard/leathercamp), you'll see the shoddy journalism, the made up stories, and the simple unethical garbage that is being written. This was a private event, and he had no right writing these pieces. Not to mention he publicly admits that he was refused entry as a reporter, and then decided to report on the event anyway.

Personally, I feel duped, used, and pretty low. I took someone in, and had it blow up in my face. In addition, my friend's and my own personal lives are being written about without any permission or even respect. I am now asking
all you to help get these horrible excuses for journalism off the web.

I have already been in contact with Susan from the NCSF, and a call has been placed to one of their editors. I do believe its time to make our voices heard. There are two ways of doing this.

1) Below each article on nerve.com is a button offering the option of placing a comment. You'll see that many have already done so, and the editors have been responding. I ask you to please add your voices to this. (NOTE - at the
time of sending this, the comment system is suddenly down.)

2) A letter written to the people in charge of Nerve, along with the editors. Below is a sample letter. Please use this letter as inspiration for your own efforts. It is essential that we point out that this was a private event, and that this was completely unethical reporting. Please do not go into specific SM activities - that will only serve to add to the fire. I have also went ahead and listed all the important names and e-mail addresses for Nerve staff below.

Thank you everyone for your time on this.
Phillip Wolf
aka Boymeat

Re: Letters from Leather Camp

I was very upset to see you sent a reporter, Grant Stoddard, to a private adult event and are now publishing articles about this event. It's like sending an undercover reporter to a private party at someone's house and then
reporting on it. Leather Camp clearly is a private event which prohibits photography
and had by the authors admission had already denied entry to reporters. Leather Camp is a place for adults to go and explore their fantasies in a safe, sane and consensual setting. Your reporter violated the trust of every individual
he spoke to, taking their private confidences and activities, and publishing them for everyone to see. [If you attended Leather Camp, you can say how you feel your privacy has been violated.]

Please refrain from publishing additional letters about Leather Camp from Grant Stoddard, and in the future, please give private events within the SM-Leather-Fetish community the respect we deserve.

Rufus Griscom - CEO and Publisher - rufusg@nerve.com
Michael Martin - Editor-in-chief - michael@nerve.com
Emma Taylor - Editor - emma@nerve.com
Lorelei Sharkey - Editor - lorelei@nerve.com
Grant Stoddard - Associate Editor - grant@nerve.com
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