Jun 192015
framing the debate

Elliot Roger | UC Santa Barbara Dylann Roof | Emanuel AME Church MAY 23, 2014 | 6 DEAD, 14 INJURED JUNE 17, 2015 | 9 DEAD Everyone: I guess we’ll never know why he did it. Shooter: I did it because I hate women. “Women are vicious, evil, barbaric animals, and they need to be treated as such.” Everyone: I guess we’ll never know. Everyone: I guess we’ll never know why he did it. Shooter: I did it because I hate black people. “I have to do it. You’re raping our women and taking over the country. You have to … [read more]

May 112015
KinkBNB: Airbnb for kinky fuckers

With companies debuting kinky dating apps, it was only a matter of time before someone launched a kinky version of Airbnb. KinkBNB is a pretty good business idea (damn good, actually), and while there’s the potential for similar problems as bookings on Airbnb, at least orgies won’t be unexpected (actually, KinkBNB hosts can indicate whether their listings are “orgy friendly”). The prices are surprisingly reasonable, ranging from $150 a night (Violet Room* in San Francisco, CA, which appears to be a private home) to $650 a night (Le Fleur De Lis Club in Redlands, CA, a well appointed commercial “dungeon”). … [read more]

Mar 062015
strategically targeting BDSM newbies

Surrounding the release of the movie that shall not be named, there was discussion about whether newbies to kink and BDSM (particularly Fifty Shades readers with expectations built on fiction) were at risk of being taken advantage of. That’s an interesting conversation, but not one I engage in here. What I think is interesting, though, is the way that Whiplr, the kinky hookup app, draws on those concerns in what appears to be very strategic ways in order to market itself to novices. What is Whiplr Selling? As its predecessors Grindr and Tinder, Whiplr markets itself as a social media … [read more]

Mar 032015
Whiplr: the app for kinky fuckery

Whiplr: Kinky Tinder (kinda) . There’s a new app called “Whiplr.” According to developers, Whiplr is “The world’s first and only location-based messaging app to help you connect with people who share your interests in kinks, either online or in person.” Think Tinder for for kinky people… kinda. At least I think that’s the intention. Like Tinder, Whiplr is a messaging app with GPS and location services that will help you find people in your area to fuck. But with Whiplr, not only can you find people who want to fuck, but also, you can find people who want to … [read more]