• Wed, Sep 21 2011

New York Attorney Suspended Over Side Gig As Dominatrix

A lawyer from the New York Attorney General’s office named Alisha Smith has been suspended pending investigation into her night gig as a dominatrix and fetish performer. Some anonymous underminer in the fetish community recently outed her to The Post as “Alisha Spark,” and now she’s in danger of being disciplined by the state. Apparently, the issue at hand is not what she does in her private life, but whether or not she receives compensation for it.

Via The New York Post:

Sources familiar with the issue say Smith’s punishment has less to do with her personal pleasure and more to do with the possibility that she profited from it.

It is common in the S&M community for dominatrixes to receive payment for appearances at fetish parties, where they unleash tawdry torments on eager submissives.

Sources cited a standing executive order in the Attorney General’s Office that requires employees to “obtain prior approval from the [Employment Conduct Committee] before engaging in any outside pursuit … from which more than $1,000 will be received or is anticipated to be received.”

So basically, it’s okay for her to be a dominatrix so long as she does it on a purely volunteer basis, but if she makes more than $1,000 from it, it’s a fire-able offense. (It’s not yet known if she received money in excess of this limit.)

Although she may indeed have broken the rules, I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for Alisha Smith/Spark. What person in their right mind would go up to their boss and be like, “hey, by the way, I like to wear latex and whip naked slaves on the weekends, and sometimes people pay me for this”? Fucking nobody. Does that mean lawyers for the state of New York shouldn’t be afforded the freedom to blow off a little steam at the dungeon outside of office hours? Smith is known to be a sharp attorney (she won a $5 billion settlement against Bank Of America last year), so I wouldn’t be surprised if she tried to turn it into an issue of personal privacy. Whether some sort of landmark decision will come out of this has yet to be seen (I think it’s doubtful), but at the very least, it seems like a good chance to teach people about the kinds of difficulties those in the BDSM community are forced to face in their everyday lives.

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