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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Martin - Editor-in-chief - email@example.com
Emma Taylor - Editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorelei Sharkey - Editor - email@example.com
Grant Stoddard - Associate Editor - firstname.lastname@example.org