I'm too tired to say much about this, but (as I said over there):
On tons of anti-SM websites, posts, and blogs, I run into this idea that SM is about "role-playing," that people who are into SM really get into acting out corny roles.
Honestly, as an eight-year veteran of the Scene, I find this rather odd, and I wonder where it comes from. I tend to see a lot more of people just straightforwardly doing stuff than I see setting up elaborate role-playing.
So, uh... where's this idea that we're all "role-playing" come from exactly? It doesn't seem to me to quite square with reality, tbh.
Really, "the sexual equivalent of Renaissance faires?" Where on earth am I supposed to get that kind of free time?
ETA: Also, didn't we do this already back in '06?