Sex & Gender

Skirt Club Launch: Burlesque, Spin the Bottle, and Love Talk

I'm all about progressive societies, so when I found out that Skirt Club, an all-women's club for the sexually curious, was coming to Miami, I had to go and see whether the Magic City was ready for this kind of thing. I registered with a pseudonym under the pretense that I wasn't really supposed to tell anybody who I was or that I was a journalist, so I came up with an alter ego.

(Luna, yoga instructor.)

Unfortunately, I didn't even have the chance to put her to use because a friend kept introducing me by my real name. Next time, maybe. 

The concept of Skirt Club is pretty simple: a safe environment where bicurious, bisexual, or heterosexual women looking to explore outside-the-box can be themselves without fear. After speaking with founder Genevieve LeJeune on the phone the previous night and hearing her story of why she came up with Skirt Club, I wanted to attend, if even just to meet her and see if the image I had of her matched the real thing. It did.

LeJeune has a heavy British accent (she's from London), and it's sexy. She's petite, dark-haired, and the perfect spokesperson for this kind of thing: sophisticated, beautiful, and oozing with sensuality. Members of Skirt Club wore black with some type of feathers. As LeJeune kicked off the evening, she assured everyone that their privacy is the most important thing. "I'm giving you a safe place to explore," she said. "The next one will be a bit more risqué if you're into that sort of thing." The initial launch was a way to test the waters.

LeJeune, who moved to Miami this past January because of her husband (yes, she's happily married), wasn’t sure the city was ready for Skirt Club. "I thought the heavy Latino population would bring this concept down because of the sexist men, but I'm surprised to see the turnout."

The turnout she referred to was about 50-plus women who all showed up for different reasons. There were groups of girlfriends that had heard about the event through various platforms and thought it would be a fun night on the town; there were also recently single girls who just got out of long relationships and took this as a sign from the universe to explore. Even engaged, married, and happily committed women who simply thought "Why not?" were part of the festivities.

"Everyone has a fantasy," LeJeune said. "Regardless of why they are here, we just want to stretch and open the mind."

An hour of open bar, followed by a burlesque performance helped whet everyone's whistle, and before you knew it, women had taken up residence on the rugs of Cavalli Club to play spin the bottle.

I didn't have the chance to participate in the festivities and live out my Sex and the City moment when Carrie kisses Alanis Morissette during a game of spin the bottle. Instead, I found myself in deep conversation with a few ladies. We talked existentialism, psychedelics, vegetables, likes, and loves. Surprisingly enough, sex never even came up. Of course, everyone was fully dressed (for the most part) and not in lingerie (the dress code for the actual play parties), so that helped, but still, the unifying theme here wasn't to get it on. It was about empowering women to do and think and be whatever the hell they want without being judged, which for it being 2015, it’s about damn time that became the norm.

The next Skirt Club is set for June 25. To sign up, click
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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.