Despite most New Yorkers' totally-over-it attitude, people still tend to get a bit freaked out when they find out a high class sex or fetish party has been going on right under their noses (or even in their own homes). NBC brings us the latest uproar, over recurring party called Cirque de Plaisir, a bondage-themed event which apparently includes "arterial tapping," which is the delicate practice of tapping "a submissive partner’s artery, controlling his or her blood flow."
"Some people just do blood play where they just get some kind of rush out of releasing blood from their arteries," noted one fetish party insider. While the salacious details around arterial tapping might be the initial hook, the crux of the story is really about a real doctor who is one of the party organizers. Based on partygoers' information and photos from the events on Facebook, he's also apparently the person administering the tappings.
"I think there’s definitely more of a shocking aspect that [he is] a doctor who took a Hippocratic oath to help and heal," said an anonymous partygoer. "It just seems so contrary to his profession."
The doctor, who has worked in several Northern New Jersey anesthesiology practices, would not respond to comment about the allegations. NBC reports that he is, at the very least, in a moral gray area: a spokesman for the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners noted a doctor’s private activities "are generally beyond the scope of state regulation," but the parties happened in NY, where rules dictate that "appropriate masks, gowns or aprons, and protective eyewear" should be used "whenever splashing or spattering of blood or other bodily fluid is likely to occur."
Either way, it'd take an official complaint for health officials to stop him: "We can’t pass judgment and say because he’s a physician he shouldn’t be doing this," noted Dr. Charlie Ferrer, a licensed psychotherapist and fetish enthusiast who has attended the Cirque de Plaisir party.