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Cuddle Parties Are Nonsexual Ways Of Getting The Human Touch

Cuddle parties are the newest trend sweeping the country. Both young and old people are taking part. At a cuddle party, complete strangers nuzzle, massage, hug and sometimes even kiss.

"They are often experiencing a loss. Maybe they've just broken up with a boyfriend. Maybe they've just lost a wife. They really need the energy that comes from close physical contact and don't have another vehicle in which to get it," said Dr. Susan Kellogg, of the Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute.

Cuddle parties are private, personal and growing in popularity.

"It was unique. Nobody does this kind of thing. It was something missing. Something I don't get a chance to do very often -- get to cuddle with friends," said Mike Lehy, a cuddle party participant.

In the party, there is closeness between participants -- the kind you may only be used to getting from close friends and loved ones. But if you're looking for more than hugs, the creators say you've come to the wrong place.

"The first rule of cuddling is pajamas stay on the whole time. This is a nonsexual event and one of the ways we ensure that is nobody gets naked," said Reid Mihalko, a cuddle party creator.

For $20 to $30, you can attend a three-hour snuggle-fest to get your fill of intimacy. There are cuddle lifeguards to enforce strict 12 rules among pajama-clad strangers. For instance, cuddlers must ask before touching.

"It's safe, depending on the responsibility of the cuddle guard -- you can never say never. It appears to be safe. It is not a party driven for sexual activity," said Dr. Kristene Whitmore, of the Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute.

Some people are a bit touchy about this touchy-feely take on intimacy with strangers.

"A lot of people are very suspect of this new phenomenon, this cuddle party. They think it's just a fancy name for orgy, for really inappropriate sexual behavior. In fact, cuddle parties are for cuddling only," Kellogg said.

So, if you're in the mood to be touched by a stranger, and you like the idea of getting cozy in pairs, or in piles, cuddle parties may be just what you're looking for.

Currently, there are no Cuddle Parties scheduled for the Philadelphia area, but new parties are being added all the time. Visit for more information and a schedule of upcoming parties.

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Sadly enough, they closed a "CuddleHouse" down in tampa. HAS THE HUMAN SPECIES HIT N ALL TIME LOW? tard.gif tard.gif tard.gif

WHAT TO WEAR: Pajamas - nothing too risqué. Think more comfy than sexy. (More drawstrings, less lace!)

WHAT TO BRING: A pillow or stuffed animal if you like. Juice or sparkling cider is always welcome. Sorry, no liquor folks. Otherwise, just bring your smiling self.

STICK TO THE RULES: Here are the absolutely essential, tried and true Rules of the Cuddle Game. Read 'em and follow 'em!

1. Pajamas stay on the whole time.
2. No SEX. (Yep, you read that right.)
3. Ask for permission to kiss or nuzzle anyone. Make sure you can handle getting a no before you invite or request anyone to cuddle or kiss.
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, no to a yes anytime you want.
8. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
9. If you're in a relationship, communicate and set your boundaries and agreements BEFORE you go to the Cuddle Party. Don't re-negotiate those agreements/boundaries during the Cuddle Party. (Trust us on this one.)
10. Get your Cuddle Life Guard On Duty or Cuddle Caddy if there's a concern, problem, or question or should you feel unsafe or need assistance with anything during the Cuddle Party.
11. Crying and giggling are both welcomed and encouraged.
12. Outside of your personal relationships, it's nobody's business who you cuddle, so please be respectful of other people's privacy when sharing with the outside world about Cuddle Parties.
13. Arrive on time.
14. Be hygienically savvy.
15. Clean up after yourself.
16. Always say thank you and practice good Cuddle Manners.
QUOTE(nismo @ Nov 10 2004, 03:29 PM)
2. No SEX. (Yep, you read that right.)

not interested wink.gif

seriously, thats just weird. Sounds like its for insecure people with no friends to hug.
i had read bout this sometime before .... stupid crazy kids
QUOTE(wild_willy @ Nov 10 2004, 02:06 AM)
not interested  wink.gif

seriously, thats just weird. Sounds like its for insecure people with no friends to hug.

LoL, i could see that in a headline advertising that! laugh.gif

My favorite rule is #7, NO DRY HUMPING! LoL
What the hell. Those people need jacked off on real hard.
QUOTE(trail_boss2 @ Nov 10 2004, 04:33 AM)
What the hell. Those people need jacked off on real hard.

Refer to rule #2... laugh.gif
QUOTE(Gonzo0903 @ Nov 10 2004, 09:55 AM)
Refer to rule #2... laugh.gif

Yes, but does that include sex with myself?
Sweeping the country my ass.
Mr b00st
that's crap.
Things like this make me want to get stabby.
Mr b00st
I agree. Want to go on a rampage, i do.
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