We analyzed a random selection of 100 of the 20,000 unique responses to Ghomeshi's Facebook posting, as well as the 30 unique responses to Jesse Brown's first Twitter posting of his co-authored Star article. What follows is a first-step reasonable qualitative analysis of what was said as this story broke -- and the trends are clear.
Jian Ghomeshi wants you to think this is all about BDSM and how he's forward-thinking but his bosses aren't. He "framed" the discussion by claiming he has edgy sex preferences, and the big, boring government broadcaster isn't hip to alternative sex lives. Anyone involved in BDSM knows BDSM is not how the public perceives it. People joke about "safe words," but in the BDSM community, the safe word is sacred. There is a widespread understanding amongst even hardcore BDSM fans that sadomasochism is all about trust and power -- except that power is never held by the person with the whip in hand.
Women everywhere are sexually assaulted by men in power. Many don't bother to speak up because of reactions and consequences like this: Ghomeshi is a man in power and he is also well liked and well known. Chances are, he will be almost universally believed, while she will be accused of lying to get something from him. The majority of women speak up because they want justice. And right now, we don't know what the real story is -- but as someone who never spoke up when a man in power put me through hell, for a variety of reasons, I believe her until further notice.