At Skirt Club, Women Mix Business With Pleasure

Do you believe you might get on the body tequila table? asks Genevive LeJeune. The creator of the all-women networking society Skirt Club, LeJeune is with about 75 female experts on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles at a bar called Mmhmmm, a completely suitable name thinking about the goings-on inside. Among the hardly attired participants extends herself out, and lines of salt are spread out down her legs, the red bottoms of her Louboutins showing in the mirrored walls. The fastest lady to lick the salt and down a tequila shot will be rewarded with a piece of lime, moved through kiss.

Genevive LeJeune
Photographer: Cait Oppermann for Bloomberg Businessweek

The scene isn’t really rather as outrageous as it sounds. Skirt Club expenses itself in press releases as an underground play celebration for bisexual &&bi-curious ladies, no sexual contact or heavy petting are permitted. And it isn’t really almost tequila-soaked enjoyable. Skirt Clubs slogan is self-confidence in the bed room results in self-confidence in the conference room. The method LeJeune sees it, leaning into take a lime from a females tightened lips makes a lady most likely to lean in at the workplace.

LeJeune, 34, began Skirt Club as an experimentthe initially occasion was kept in her living-room. Shed been checking out variations of these celebrations in her native London 3 years earlier, however all she came across was guys pressing and getting and firmly insisting and putting pressure on ladies to meet their dreams, she states. I didnt see females asking to meet their own. That was because, she understood, they werent in a comfy environment: Women today frequently assemble at conferences and kibitz online about gender politics, not to discuss participate in women-only social clubs, such as the Wing in New York. Events that offer a safe area for females to find out and support from one another while likewise accepting their sexuality are unusual.

There are now Skirt Clubs in London, New York, Miami, Sydney, and Berlin, with strategies to broaden to San Francisco, Chicago, and Toronto. Majority the clubs subscription of 5,000 lives in London, where its growing approximately 14 percent per quarter; in the United States, where the clubs were presented previously this year, development is at 22 percent per quarter.

Skirt Clubbers are typically specialists with entrepreneurial leanings, though the biggest group is attorneys. Usually, members self-identify as 2s on the six-point Kinsey scaleone is specifically heterosexual, 3 is completely bisexual, and 6 is specifically homosexual. A few of them remain in a relationship, too, LeJeune states, and have actually featured the permission of their partner. One L.A. guest, a therapist, became aware of it from her sweetheart, who paid her admission$ 50 for the occasion at Mmhmmm, though periodic instructional workshops cost more. While each occasion includes some type of main activity such as the body tequila table, more of the ladies appear to utilize the celebration as a networking chance than a sexual escapeof course the argument might be made that, in L.A., networking is eroticism. (If youre questioning whether I exchanged service cards with a lovely Englishwoman who explained me as Jodie Foster-esque, I did.)

Much has actually been made from the money making of empowerment, however LeJeune has actually benefited bit from Skirt Club up until now. After paying location charges, working with all-female bar personnel, and acquiring numerous bottles of Champagne for each occasion, she states she feels as if shes running a charity. Beginning next year, shell enforce an initiation cost for brand-new members, who are vetted for the authenticity of their interest. Her objective with Skirt Club is just to supply a safe area for ladies to delight in one anothers business under the liberating rubric of sexual expedition. While that goal might not be as unclean as the images that some minds may conjure, its more effective. Weve had gentlemens clubs for centuries, LeJeune states. Its about time we have our own.