Why Do People Pay To Find Intimacy In A Room Full Of Strangers?

Searching for intimacy in the 21st century -- especially intimacy that isn't tethered to a sexual encounter -- can seem like an impossible task.

So what do you do if you're looking for some affection or tenderness and maybe a community to call your own? In this episode, hosts Carina Kolodny and Noah Michelson explore two options. They chat with Paul, the head of Rain City Jacks, a masturbation party for men in Seattle, and Marcia Baczynski, the co-founder of Cuddle Party, which is... well... exactly what it sounds like.

Together, they explore exactly what happens at these parties, what is -- and isn't -- allowed and the whys and hows that motivate attendees to get up close and personal with a roomful of strangers minus the goal of going all the way. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy