a lot of back and forth over S/M librarian losing her job

Once more with the librarian who was also an S/M dom, had a website, had her contract “not renewed” in the small town she worked in. Here’s an absolutely fascinating transcript of the board meeting where this issue was discussed. Of particular note is a defense of the librarian by her own sister. I’ve pulled some good bits for quotes but it’s really worth reading the whole thing.

“we have a lady … public domain with a website. Anybody could access it. So we have a lady who has gone public domain with her beliefs…. if she’s gone pubic already, why would she not go public in her workplace, in a place like a library. That’s a trust issue that people are concerned with. If she’s gone public, and obviously she has, why would she stop at the workplace.

“We’re trying to protect them from simple spankings and stuff like this, and yet these things are okay for adults? I can’t stand the thought of it. I don’t care if it’s behind closed doors. If they think it’s okay for them that’s fine, but I just can’t stand the thought that you can say…it’s a double standard. It’s just wrong.”

“It’s very easy to discriminate against something and somebody else when you can look at them, when you can see what they’re doing. That’s one reason I’m so tolerant. I don’t give a ____ if she has these problems. I don’t care if she’s put it out in the public. If you’re worried about your kids reading this, then you can look after them. That’s what parents are really supposed to do. That is our job.”

“It’s not that I think it makes the woman a bad person. What anyone does privately is strictly their own – the fact that she made this a non-private issue by having a website. I don’t think anyone here thinks this makes her a bad person, it’s just how it affects the library.”

[thanks jason]