Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Need a cuddle?

Cuddle parties. Ever heard of them? They are one of the most unique social events I've come across. The idea in essence is...

"designed with the intention of allowing people to experience non-sexual group physical intimacy through cuddling. They are described as workshop/social-events that gives adults an opportunity to give and receive welcomed non-sexual affectionate touch in a no-expectation, friendly setting, according to your needs, desires, interests, and boundaries. Kissing may occur at some parties."

There are rules - of course:
  1. Pajamas stay on the whole time.
  2. You must ask permission and receive a verbal "yes" before you touch anyone. (Be as specific in your request as you can.)
  3. You don't have to cuddle anyone at a Cuddle Party, ever.
  4. If you're a yes, say yes. If you're a no, say no.
  5. If you're a maybe, say no.
  6. You are encouraged to change your mind from a yes to a no or a no to a yes anytime you want.
  7. Respect your relationship agreements and communicate with your partner.
  8. Get your Cuddle Lifeguard On Duty or Cuddle Caddy if you have a question or concern or need assistance with anything during the Cuddle Party.
  9. Tears and laughter are both welcome.
  10. Respect people's privacy when sharing about Cuddle Party and do not gossip.
  11. Arrive on time.
  12. Be hygienically savvy.
I don't know anyone who has attended such an event. It all sounds rather therapeutic.


Anonymous said...

I'm gonna opt out of the cuddle party...it sounds sort of desperate.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, me too. I have cuddle obligations at home and this just sounds so juvenile and beyond desparate. Retro