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Friday, November 10, 2017

‘Married male baseball writer’ outed as catfishing, ‘abusive’ woman | New York Post

This is an odd story.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2017 at 06:05 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 10, 2017 at 07:00 AM (#5573909)
<a >The original Deadspin article has a lot more detail</a>
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 10, 2017 at 07:41 AM (#5573910)
   3. Batman Posted: November 10, 2017 at 09:56 AM (#5573978)
I've been using a fraudulent byline here for years and nobody has sent me nudes.
   4. bunyon Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:04 AM (#5573984)
In 2009 I had a near miss sort of deal. It was not obviously a big deal and was over before anyone would even notice it. Analyzing the event in retrospect, we realized it was very, very close to being a huge disaster (sorry for the lack of details). I'm talking physical catastrophe sort of disaster. A minor change to a couple of variables and several people could easily have died. Anyway, one of the guys I was with and I occasionally joke that we really did die that day and everything since is some sort of bizarro consciousness dying sort of thing.

Stories like this always me think of that joke. And think it isn't a joke.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:08 AM (#5573988)
I've been using a fraudulent byline here for years and nobody has sent me nudes.

Not even Julie Newmar? That sucks.
   6. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:11 AM (#5573989)
The article made me feel bad for everyone involved. All the people hurt and also woman who did it all - just kind of sad and pathetic.
   7. simon bedford Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:18 AM (#5573991)
I quite often read the OTP thread here and would easily believe that half the posters are in fact 13 year olds.
   8. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:32 AM (#5574000)
@6 Yeah, and it was all kinda senseless.

When did Kahrl transition? Seems like it would've been around then, which would basically mean that a female probably shouldn't have been terribly concerned about her gender.

I'm also unclear on the nudes and stuff. So, was she soliciting nude photos because she wanted them, or was it a thing were at 15 she asked for them to back up her cover and then ran with it since it worked?

You read the article and you get an image of a very sad "the emotion" woman.

Of course, the other side is she nominally sexually harassed some people, I don't know if I can say you can be abused by someone you've never met and can ignore with a button.
   9. villageidiom Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:43 AM (#5574013)
Of course, the other side is she nominally sexually harassed some people, I don't know if I can say you can be abused by someone you've never met and can ignore with a button.
OTOH, I don't think you can harass and be excused for it on the basis that you were only pretending to be a stereotypical harasser.

She used anonymity to gain power she didn't think she could get otherwise, and like many other people she used the power she'd gained to hurt others simply because she could. The details are the bizarre part of it, but the facts at the core are not shocking.
   10. JAHV Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:46 AM (#5574019)
The internet is a strange, dangerous place.
   11. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:49 AM (#5574023)
8 - Kahrl announced in 2003.
   12. Booey Posted: November 10, 2017 at 10:53 AM (#5574029)
I've been using a fraudulent byline here for years and nobody has sent me nudes.


What's your email address? ;-)
   13. Hysterical & Useless Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:05 AM (#5574043)
I found this quote from the article particularly interesting:

“If you’re going to make up an entire false identity, why would you make yourself into a shitty person?”


Seems like a lot of people need to get the nasty out sometimes, and anony/pseudony -mous internet posting is a convenient way to do it.

Why yes, I do spend too much time at OTP.
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 10, 2017 at 12:03 PM (#5574091)

When did Kahrl transition? Seems like it would've been around then, which would basically mean that a female probably shouldn't have been terribly concerned about her gender.

I have little doubt that it's harder to be a sportswriter as a woman than as a man, and that female writers are often subject to a certain type/level of abuse that men simply aren't. That being said, I think the sabermetric community would be pretty welcoming to any young woman who actually cared about baseball and wrote about it intelligently, given how underrepresented they are. I imagine she would have been treated like royalty on this site (assuming she wasn't a complete dick like the male persona she took on -- if so, she just would have been treated like everyone else here :-)
   15. Jess Franco Posted: November 10, 2017 at 12:18 PM (#5574098)
some sort of bizarro consciousness dying sort of thing.

C'est la vie.

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