A New York-based playhouse offers members LGBT-friendly sex parties. (Stock photo via Elements Envato)
The skyscraper canyons of New York City are crammed with dim sum restaurants, glass cube-shaped banks, gap-toothed 7-Elevens and an uncountable number of organised sex parties.
At a Manhattan-based playhouse, the stalwart of monoamory is left behind at the door, as members clink champagne glasses in a space where organisers pride themeless in being LGBT-friendly, Business Insider reported.
NSFW, which stands for ‘New Society for Wellness’, is designed as a place where it’s not just the Gordon Gekkos of the world to dip into sex parties in dark rooms, but a relaxing room where everyone regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation and income can enjoy.
Crucially, as much as pleasure is positioned firmly as a plank of what the club stands for, it’s not obligatory. Members often unwind, smoke marijuana joints and simply chat to other attendees rather than purely engage in sex.
‘Labels are for Campbell’s soup cans, and I don’t label my sexuality.’
Moreover, getting involved in the society isn’t too heavily stonewalled, as organisers revealed to the outlet that while rigorous, the application process isn’t strenuous.
Club founder Daniel Saynt said his team gets about 400 new applications every month and out of those, they accept around 80.
The process focuses more on the applicant’s personality than appearance, explained 35-year-old member Jen.
“It’s so much more about what you have to say” than what you look like, she said.
“I mean, the crowd is overwhelmingly beautiful, but it’s still not the focus of NSFW.”
Saynt said that the membership to NSFW is tier-based, with different strata having different membership feed, from $200 to $2,960 for annual rates.
In short, the more you pay, the more perks you get.
The written online application asks people about their sexual fantasies, intimate desires and self-pleasure, Jen said, as applicants provide what can only be called a sexual résumé.
Folks are also asked how they sexually identify, with one option being: “Labels are for Campbell’s soup cans, and I don’t label my sexuality.”
Jen was invited to join the club just five days after filing her application, but that’s not always the case, Saynt said.
NSFW administrators comb through the hundreds of applications and sometimes decide that an additional second interview is required, usually done over the phone.
This is so organisers can decide whether the application would gel with other attendees, once that’s done, Saynt and his team usually take around a couple days to four weeks to decide if the applicant and join the exclusive ranks.