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Dear Jian Ghomeshi: Keep Your Abuse Out of My Kink

TORONTO, ON - MAY 26:  Jian Ghomeshi  attends Tegan & Sara And TD Music Come Together at Roy Thomson Hall on May 26, 2014 in
TORONTO, ON - MAY 26: Jian Ghomeshi attends Tegan & Sara And TD Music Come Together at Roy Thomson Hall on May 26, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/WireImage)
On Monday morning, I woke up to a Facebook post by Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi
. As an experienced kinkster and professional dominatrix, I was deeply offended by his apology. For years Ghomeshi has hosted a popular CBC show,
, and has had a prominent role as a cultural gatekeeper in the Canadian arts. According to reports from the
Toronto Star
and
elsewhere, Ghomeshi has long had a pattern of creepy and abusive behaviour; when a writer published a thinly veiled report of his behaviour on xoJane, she was attacked online by hordes of his supporters. Multiple reports corroborate his tendency to hit and degrade women without their consent, but these women, some of whom have spoken to Canadian news outlets anonymously, have been afraid to be named lest they too are harassed online.

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