While Sydney's once-thriving nightclub scene dies a slow and painful death, another type of venue is emerging from the shadows and taking its place - legal sex clubs. Once upon a time, these clubs were only mentioned in hushed tones and you had to know someone who knew someone.
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These days, they advertise in mainstream press, their owners appear on TV as sex and relationship experts and people are proudly "checking-in" to sex clubs on social media. And in Sydney, they're booming. Four sex clubs have opened in the past four years - two in the Kings Cross and Darlinghurst area, one in St Peters and another, just two months ago, in the inner west suburb of Annandale.
Credit: Christopher Pearce. In the era of hook-up phone apps, that might seem counter-intuitive.
But venue owners credit two unlikely factors for the resurgence of sex clubs - the lockout laws, which are about to be lifted, and the overwhelming "yes" vote on same-sex marriage in late Unlike a brothel, where an individual pays another individual directly for sex, at sex clubs clients pay a cover charge to enter.
There is a strong chance they will then engage in sexual activity with their partner or with another consenting adult, but there are no guarantees. Sex clubs can also cater to more specific sexual niches, such as BDSM, which encompasses bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism.
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Mark De Viate, who opened Studio Kink in St Peters four years ago, said exploring sexual fetishes had become more publicly acceptable, even "edgy and trendy". Kane Race, a professor in health, sexuality and culture at the University of Sydney, said there had been "an almost paradoxical" increase in boutique sex clubs catering to a heterosexual clientele at the same time as some iconic LGBTQI sex clubs closed down, such as al in Sydney's Surry Hills. Mr Jay also believes Sydney's lockout laws made sex-on-premises venues more appealing by comparison to a night out at a club or bar. The 1. You can come and just have the party experience, or you can have the whole sex experience.
Craig and Lisa - who wanted their names changed because they work in high-profile jobs - are professionals in their 30s from the eastern suburbs who have been engaged in what they call "the lifestyle" for about 10 years. The couple say that in the past few years there has been not only an increase in the of swingers on the scene, but also a shift in the demographics.
Craig says the same-sex marriage discussion in helped people who were curious about swinging to raise the topic in conversation.
Just like gays and lesbians, people are now 'coming out' as swingers. Please try again later.
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The Sydney Morning Herald. By Phil Brandel January 12, — Save Log inregister or subscribe to save articles for later.
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