In 2014, Geneviève LeJeune was living in London and had gone to a few “play parties” with her then-boyfriend. The parties were meant to be sensual, but were often anything but: The vibe was very male-oriented, with a 1-to-1 female-to-male ratio rather than the promised 2-to-1. It always seemed like the emphasis was solely on the sex: no ice-breaking conversations, no flirting, just the act itself.
And the men at these parties were anything but charming — they were aggressive and grabby. “I’d walk away from a night thinking, ‘I could do this better, make it more luxurious,’ ” says LeJeune, who uses a pseudonym. “Ideally, I had to remove men from the equation — they were very Neanderthal in their approach.”
With that in mind, LeJeune launched Skirt Club in London in 2014, a female-only, upscale club for straight, bisexual or bi-curious women looking to explore their sexuality in a safe, private setting — and it’s just arrived in New York City, having held its first event in February.
“I don’t call it a sex party,” notes LeJeune, a British citizen in her mid-30s who grew up in Hong Kong and ditched her career in finance to operate Skirt Club full time. “Sex is the last thing that happens, and it’s not the focus.” The focus, instead, is on flirtation and cultivating a sensual vibe. If sex happens, great. If it doesn’t, that’s not a problem.