A long-form feature about the “longest-running” sex party in NYC, juxtaposed with an exploration of the city’s new wave of erotic parties catering to 1 percenters and the ‘sexual elite.’

 

One Leg Up is one of the oldest sex parties in New York — Palagia, its eccentric, inimitable founder, says she knows 15-year-old kids who were conceived at her events — and also a vestige of a bygone era, a remnant of the days when squatters lived in the West Village and hype spread through word of mouth, not social media.

 

Today there are more sex parties than ever, and thanks to the internet it's never been easier to indulge your sexual whims… But as group sex becomes more mainstream, and a new wave of parties sell themselves on being expensive and exclusive, some experienced prurient partiers in the scene are wondering if they've lost a little bit of soul along the way.


Original illustrations by Heather Benjamin.

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