Play party (BDSM)
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- This article is about BDSM events. For traditional play parties in the U.S., see play party.
In BDSM culture, a play party is a social event in which attendees engage in BDSM activities and socialize with like-minded people. Organizers often provide certain large pieces of BDSM equipment to which people can be bound or restrained while the party goers usually bring their own whips, canes, restraints etc. Generally there is an area for drinking and socializing, an area for changing into more appropriate attire (such as fetishwear), and an area for "play" or sexually arousing activities. Here there are usually Dungeon Monitors who enforce party rules such as SSC and RACK.
It is not mandatory to play at a party, instead attendees are welcome to merely take the role of a voyeur. It is not acceptable, however, to touch anyone or their toys without permission or to interrupt a scene in any way.
Some play parties have open invitations, others are restricted to members of a BDSM club or people known to the organizers. There may also be a dress code (such as no street clothes), or restrictions on admission such as couples only or no unattached males. Some charge an admission fee, while laws in some areas may not allow a fee, but may take donations, or payment in advance (by some prior date.)
The amount and kind of sexual contact allowed varies from party to party and city to city, depending on local laws regarding sexual contact, "bawdy houses" and public nudity. At some parties, penetrative sex may be allowed, while at others full nudity may be banned. In 2000, A party in Attleboro, Massachusetts was invaded by police for alleged violations of assault and morality laws.
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