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majik From: majik Date: February 6th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
sorry, hun, i couldn't stomache to read the article, but just the site alone gave me an extreme aura of... ew.....-ness..
7threality From: 7threality Date: February 6th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Saw something about this on an episode of "Real-Sex" or some other show like that.

I didn't actually read the site, but if it's similar to the idea that I saw on the show, then you've got a couple of 'facilitators' or trainers, one male one female, and people just hug and snuggle and hang out in a pile for comfort (or something). Sex is just right out, and people that can't refrain are asked to leave. And refraining, from what I gathered from the show, included men not standing at attention (as it were).

Basically, people who may or may not know each other, aided by camp councilor types, getting into bed fully clothed and just hanging out.

I second the "ew-ness" comment.
nou From: nou Date: February 6th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Their FAQ says erections are OK. That's enough to make me not want to go to such a thing (although the having-to-wear-pyjamas thing really doesn't help either).
7threality From: 7threality Date: February 6th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, well, that makes me feel much better about it.

Wait, no it doesn't.

I hardly think such a thing would be polite among strangers.

I guess the thing that bugs me is the invasion of personal space. While I'm quite happy to give hugs, and I think cuddling is a fine thing, I've got to know someone before I feel comfortable enough.
nou From: nou Date: February 7th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I think the thing that puzzles me about it is - why would someone want to hug strangers? Why not just[0] hug your friends? OK, there's the argument that some people don't have friends, but if you're too shy or otherwise introverted to make friends, are you really going to be extrovert enough to go to a cuddle party? And if you're too overbearing or otherwise unpleasant to keep friends, are you really going to fit in at one?

[0] Yes, I know about Can't You Just.

I am not snarking. I am genuinely interested in having this explained to me, and I'm sure I've missed something obvious. I may also be asking in the wrong place :)
7threality From: 7threality Date: February 7th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I think the thing that puzzles me about it is - why would someone want to hug strangers? Why not just[0] hug your friends?

that's pretty much the major source of the ew-ness from other people that have posted.

I'm happy to hug my friends if they indicate they want hugs. In general, I don't want to have to deal with strangers if I can help it, let alone touch them in any way.
sleet01 From: sleet01 Date: February 6th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Anthropologically speaking, this is fascinating stuff. If enough people begin to exhibit grouping and relationship behavior similar to that of simians and homonids, can we go to the Christian right and say, "look, we didn't evolve from monkeys, but we sure as hell haven't fallen far from that family tree!"?

Of course, the footie obsession lends an air of sadness to this otherwise-healthy display of humanity's need to get hot and sweaty with large groups of other humans.
laudre From: laudre Date: February 6th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 6th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yes, that's where I discovered it.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: February 6th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That's...

... absolutely ridiculous.
From: gearhead Date: February 6th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Is it bad of me that the very concept gives me a rampant case of the heebie-jeebies?
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: February 6th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I don't see how these are any worse than what used to happenin the Wedge at WPI...
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 6th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Damming with faint praise? ;-)
pawo From: pawo Date: February 7th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I didn't look the site over very carefully... I just looked at the pictures and headlines on the front page. My immediate reaction was "this is going to fill up with desperate people, and turn into an angst-fest." This reaction is doubtless a result of my memories of what used to happen in the Wedge.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: February 7th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I must totally have been going to the Wedge at the wrong times. Or possibly the right ones.
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almsthvn From: almsthvn Date: February 7th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Funniest comment I've seen today!
also_huey From: also_huey Date: February 7th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
CUDDLE PUDDLE is my new swearword. I've been fixated on CUDDLE PUDDLE for a few days now. I shout it at inopportune moments. CUDDLE PUDDLE! I think that CUDDLE PUDDLE is the new FUCK!.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: February 7th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
... in more ways than one, apparently.

I mean, let's face it. These things are just orgies for people who are afraid to catch something.
From: yamazakikun Date: February 7th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
P&T had a good episode on this. They don't even allow dry humping.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 7th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
P&T? Penn and Teller?
7threality From: 7threality Date: February 7th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That's what it was!!!

I knew it was a show on one of the pay movie channels. All I could think of that would have this was Real Sex.

It was an episode of Penn & Teller's Bullshit! about life trainers and the like. Or maybe it was another episode, but it was definitely Bullshit!
starjewel From: starjewel Date: February 7th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Wow.
Well that one picture with all the people piled on the bed is kind of what the drunken after party to my companys holiday party looked like, only with more attractive geeks.

However, I generally have issues with strangers touching me or even getting close enough to. A cuddle party kind of freaks me out.
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