How thin the veil

Clandestine Call Girl (CCG) is thinking of calling it quits. Confronting the likelihood that some one may read her posts, and make a guess about herself or one of her clients, she is considering closing her blog.

Wrestling with the issues of anonymity and privacy is hardly unique in the blogging world, but becomes of extreme importance when the author is a sex worker. The issue of not only their own privacy, but the chance of a client finding themselves identified, along with the awareness of law enforcement, or other unwanted and unwelcome attention, makes this a tough issue to deal with.

Different bloggers have taken very different routes on protecting their identity. Several, such as Veronica Franco, Elle Wakefield, and Eleanor Ashton, are quite open, with pictures and/or contact information being at least linked to on their blog. Others, such as Laura, are quite careful about how much detail may be in a photo they share. Alexa, Olympia, and many more, share they are in the New York City area, but carefully ration any other clues. Melinda clearly states she actively changes details to hide any identities, while Moonlighting will not even mention what country she is in.

While it may seem far fetched at first glance that any one would bother trying to identify a blog author, it is not with out precedent. Belle du Jour was the focus of a very intense effort to out her, and remains the subject of some speculation.

Frankly, I don’t want to lose CCG. She a gifted and engaging writer, and has created a consistently amazing set of stories and essays. However, I do not envy the risk she takes every time she reveals a bit of herself on-line. What ever choice she makes, she contributed greatly to this genre. Stop by her site, read what she has shared, and let her know if she goes, she will be dearly missed.

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One Response to “How thin the veil”

  1. Note Says:

    I'm not willing to let my working location slip either; and if you want to tell a story that's engaging as well as completely non-referential to setting (which, you might notice, also includes identifiable cultural tags) it's harder than it sounds.

    To be honest, anonymity’s shield is mostly for the benefit of the author, not the johns. Even if mentioned, they (no matter what their predilections, tastes or embarrassments) are fairly generic. In my experience, you'd never be able to match up the most bizarre tales with a picture: they subjects look too normal.

    What I worry about is letting something slip that has a distinct ring of my other personhood: my friends and family all read and have computers; it would bring a whole world of complication to my front door that I don't have the time, or energy, to deal with.

    It was not the intent of the post to indicate only the named made any attempt to maintain any level of anonymity. Both Note and Rent Boy, as many others, share limited details. I apologize if it seemed I was favoring certain authors, but those examples were the ones which came immediately to mind while writing my post.

    While I agree with Note about anonymity primarily protecting the provider/author, part of the relationship many bloggers have spoken of is the unstated expectation of the "John" to remain anonymous. As such, that implied responsibility cannot be ignored in what is written about and shared. – The Courtesan Connection


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