We are writing to express our disappointment and displeasure with the article, One night at a Curtis Bay Sex Party, written by Rachel Anne Warren. The article gives a very skewed perception of the BDSM scene and misrepresents the population of scene members.
The article lacks mention of any legally or officially recognized BDSM organizations and the organization The Next Generation Baltimore is grossly misrepresented in this piece. The former Steering Committee member, Silk, of TNGB is misgendered in this article.
First, the title is extremely misleading. Sex party, as defined by
, is a place to go to engage is sexual activity. A BDSM play party, as defined by
, is a place to go and socialize and engage in BDSM activities. BDSM and sex are not equivalent. It is troubling that BDSM is not defined in the article. There are a lot of BDSM activities
and play, or scenes, that do not involve engaging in sexual activity. It is also disappointing to see that most of the individuals highlighted in the article were victims of abuse. Although there is a quote included in the article, almost as a footnote, that
not all individuals who engage in BDSM activities were victims of sexual abuse the article heavily features abuse as a precursor to their current kinky behaviors.
Now for a little TNG history. TNG was the brainchild of some young adult kinksters entering the BDSM scene in New York and the first one formed there in 1999. Since then TNGs have sprung up nationwide in many major cities. The mission statement of The Next
Generation Baltimore declares that the organization "is a sex-positive lifestyle organization serving the Baltimore Community by providing safe, judgement free spaces and events. The mission of TNGB is to serve, advocate for, and educate young kinky adults,
ages 18-35, in the Baltimore region." Baltimore also has multiple organizations established that hold classes, demos, and other educational events ranging for folks just getting interested in BDSM to advanced players.
Thank you for your time.
Yours in Kink,
The Next Generation, Baltimore Steering Committee
Darian, Keiden, Laura, Reese, Tex