Infantilization, Part Two

[This is] where Cuddle Parties come in. For the uninitiated, these are basically pajama parties where you cuddle with strangers in a non-sexual way.  “It was just really interesting to me that people were engaging in healthy non-sexual touch,” said Hunt, who has attended three Cuddle Parties in Murfreesboro. “I thought, ‘That’s what the world needs.’ ”

A Cuddle Party typically works like this: People pay $10 (to cover the price of snacks) and bring their jammies, which they change into in a private room. There’s a “welcoming circle” where people introduce themselves and talk about why they’ve come, and a facilitator goes over the Cuddle Party rules, such as keeping your pajamas on at all times and always asking permission before touching anyone, among other things.  Then, there are two hours of freestyle cuddling and the evening ends with a group “puppy pile,” where people pile on top of each other and hug.

“Cuddle Parties”.  Yes, this is exactly what the world needs.  Commoditization of affection to satisfy people’s perceived (and probably legitimate) needs for physical contact without the drudgery and sacrifice of actually building and maintaining good relationships.

Full story here.