We get Tweets: You hate us and want to see us in poverty


If you follow me on Twitter you know I only post two things, what words aren’t recognized by spell check and links to my blog posts. Yesterday the tweet went out about the post on how Backpage is now allowing free sex ads and how I thought that this is signaling the beginning of the end for Backpage. In response to that tweet, I received the following from a woman who appeared to be a professional escort…

@trenchreynolds You are so happy to see us struggle! Don’t you care if many girls have to walk the street now? This won’t stop pimps

I hate having extensive conversations on Twitter because I hate being hamstrung by the 140 character limit. I can be so verbose at times that it’s sometimes hard to get my point across in a limited space but I decided to engage her in a discussion. My reply was…

Backpage is responsible for 80% of all online prostitution. Shutting them down would stop a lot of pimps.

Also if you don’t have a pimp you have a choice to not walk the streets.

Those were two separate tweets by the way. She responded with…

@trenchreynolds Stop attacking us and then say that you care about us. You hate us. You will never stop prostitution

@trenchreynolds Hardly any girls have pimps. I’ve never met one. You just want to keep us in poverty

After the tweet me hating them I wanted to say there’s nothing further from the truth but in response to the tweet about how she never met a pimp I wanted to say which one is it? Are there pimps or are there no pimps as her positions seem to contradict themselves. Not to mention I’ve met and heard from plenty of women who did work under pimps and how dangerous and violent that was. It was at this point I realized I was dealing with someone who was arguing their beliefs and not facts, not unlike someone who belongs to a fundamentalist religion and refuses to believe anything that goes against the tenets of their faith. I decided to cut the conversation short at this point.

Youre obviously not interested is having a logical discussion since you insist on hurling untrue accusations at me. Be well

This is what I mean about being hamstrung by the character limit. I wanted her to know that I bear no ill will towards her and wanted to wish her well but ‘Be well’ was all I could fit in. She responded with two more tweets…

@trenchreynolds How can I have a logical discussion with someone who is happy to see me struggle and live in poverty?

@trenchreynolds #backpage is my best my only source and you are happy to see it attacked. It’s stupid to think you can stop prostitution

After I went back to whatever it was I was doing I had a feeling of deja-vu. I felt like I’ve had this conversation before or at least something similar. Then I remembered that I was previously accused of hating sex workers by someone on Tumblr. Here are some excerpts of that…

You don’t even have the decency to *pretend* to be concerned about women’s safety here: you are a man who ardently supports a system that treats sex workers with incredible brutality compared to most of the rest of the planet. Men like you are absolutely complicit in the endemic violence against women that occurs as a result of that.

You live in a country with dystopic levels of violence against sex workers because men like you will always value your own ego, and the fantasy in which you get to tell yourself “I AM A BIG TOUGH MAN WHO FIGHTS TRAFFICKING” when really the things you’re doing are basically only succeeding in empowering predators against sex workers.

And you have privileges actual women with lived experience of the sex industry could only dream of, with your access to as you so proudly tote, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, CBS News, The Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others. That men like you use your power to do the exact opposite of the things sex workers around the world are fucking screaming for makes you more complicit than most.

Too many people would rather live with a comfortable lie than an inconvenient truth I guess.

It feels like that they’re reading from the same figurative script. While they may not have had pimps it sure sounds like they’ve been indoctrinated by someone, my guess is whoever brought them into the business which is almost as bad in my opinion.

The bottom line is I do not hate sex workers, I do not wish to see them in poverty or have violence committed against them. Whether you like it or not I’m trying to fight for the freedom of those who have no choice in the matter who Backpage is willingly making money from. I’m not doing this because I’m a man who thinks he knows better than any woman. I’m doing it because it’s what decent human beings should do for each other.

Socastee shooter’s Twitter page?

I received a tip from friend of the site KuJoe that he may have found the Twitter account of the yet to be named shooter from Socastee High School. He sent me a screen grab. I’ve removed all identifying information since his name has not yet been released.


Shotguns, swastikas and Molotov cocktails, oh my. If this is his twitter account someone should have caught this. Luckily no one died this time.

UPDATE: Another friend of the site, Morgan, found the following on the twitter page in question…


Yeah, well, you kinda did. If this is the Twitter page that belongs to the suspect. If not Socastee has another problem on their hands.

Craig inadvertently acknowledges my existence

While we’re on the subject of Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and social media I thought it would be a good idea to follow Craig on Twitter. I thought it would provide me with some good blog fodder. Well, it turns out I’m not welcome to follow Craig on Twitter. He’s blocked my @trenchreynolds account.

Check it out.


On the rare occasion that I do interviews with the media about craigslist I am always asked if craigslist knows about this blog. Now I can answer with a resounding yes.

I was able to follow Jim Buckmaster. I wonder how long it will take for me to be blocked from that account as well.

Blocked or not as long as their tweets are public I’ll be able to follow them on Twitter.

Utah AG tweets execution

Utah uses Twitter to announce execution:

Finally a state Attorney General I kind of like.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff posted on his Twitter account about the firing squad execution Ronnie Lee Gardner. To read more about Gardner you can go to Bonnie’s Blog of Crime. She’s from Utah and went to the execution though she was not a witness.

Here’s what AG Shurtleff posted on his Twitter…

A solemn day. Barring a stay by Sup Ct, & with my final nod, Utah will use most extreme power & execute a killer. Mourn his victims. Justice

I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner’s execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims.

Apparently some people with wadded panties and rectally placed sticks have a problem with this saying things like this was too serious a matter to be relayed on twitter. Which means I guess they think the Iranian election was just a party then. The panties and sticks people also say that it was disrespectful of the situation. I think Gardner’s ‘disrespect’ of his victims is more important than an AG tweeting but again I have no panties or sticks.

Personally I think this is great. This is what I want an Attorney General to be. I want him/her to go after the real criminals instead of going after elections. 

AG Shurtleff put it best himself on said Twitter page…

WARNING! This page informs on real world of crime and punishment. “If u can’t stand the TWEET, get out of the TWITCHEN”

If I lived in Utah he would definitely have my vote.

Freedom for some…


You know, I’ve been trying to stay away from politics because there is no real political discourse anymore. It’s usually just one side yelling at the other for whatever reason.

However, when you read about what’s going on in Iran you can’t help to wax political. However, my post isn’t about Iran per se but more about the Western world.

First, let me preface this by saying that I hope the people of Iran do gain their freedom. I know somebody will misconstrue my post somehow as support for the current regime in Iran.

Next, I want to address all the people who are changing their Twitter icons to green to show support for the Iranians. That’s great, whatever floats your goat. However don’t get down on somebody who hasn’t, like me. I know you’re trying to bring awareness to the plight of Iranians but to me, it’s like the ribbon craze of the ’90s when everybody felt it was necessary to wear a colored ribbon for whatever cause. I didn’t need to wear a red ribbon then to show that I was concerned about AIDS. Conversely, I don’t need a green Twitter icon to show I’m supporting the Iranian people. Not to mention the so-called awareness factor. You’d have to be living under the proverbial rock to not know what was going on in Iran right now. If there are people who are that ignorant then they can’t be of any help anyway.

Now on to my main point. I would lay odds that the majority of you who are supporting the Iranians could have not given a rat’s ass about the freedom of the Iraqi people back in 2003. Forget why you think the war in Iraq was started. I don’t care if you think it was about oil or not the fact remains that the people of Iraq no longer live under a dictator who made Mahmoud Ahmadinejad look like Abraham Lincoln. I already know what you’re thinking though. You’re thinking that while the Iranians are trying to gain their freedom from within we ‘interfered’ with the ‘sovereign’ government of Iraq. To that, I say we would have waited a long time before an internal revolution would have happened in Iraq. While Iran may not be as free as say the U.S. or Canada they obviously have a lot more freedom than the Iraqis did prior to the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

I know what else you’re thinking too. You’re thinking that this all started in Iran because of a fixed election. Then I guess you don’t remember the countless elections that Saddam Hussein won with 100% of the vote. Where were you then?

You’re either for freedom for all or you’re not.

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