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By Leah Zeldes Smith
a.s.b (ay•es•be) The Usenet newsgroup alt.sex.bondage, and, by extension, anyone who enjoys sado-masochistic sexual games. A small group of fans participating in such at cons unfortunately opened the door to mundane S/M enthusiasts who found our conventions convenient playgrounds, with a devastating effect on at least one East Coast con. (Since it comes from the Internet, the term obviously post-dates Fancy; it also seems doubtful that such practices had penetrated the predominantly male fandom of the 1950s.)