The moment you probably haven’t been waiting for is here: Sex Island is back! But wait, what is Sex Island? No, despite the incredibly uninventive name, it’s not a cheap Netflix ripoff of a reality dating show. Rather, Sex Island is an exclusive sex fest where 50 men supposedly have “unlimited” access to the services of 100 sex workers. The event, last held in 2018, is back this week in Vegas — which, as you may have noticed, is not an island.
The four-day event is reportedly organized by something called the Good Girls Company, according the New York Post, and kicks off today at “an undisclosed location” outside Las Vegas. The first Sex Island event was held back in 2017 (on an actual island) in the Caribbean. The X-rated soiree seems to be predominantly aimed at straight men, promising 50 lucky ticket holders access to 100 hired women — that’s two women per attendee, if you’re counting — with no condoms. In short, it’s basically an all-you-can-eat sex fest for dudes for the low, low price of $4,500 per ticket, and it sounds terrible.
Look, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sex positive spaces and events that celebrate sexual exploration and provide a safe environment to dabble in debauchery. But the great thing about those spaces is that they typically foster a community of inclusivity and sexual diversity where people of all genders and sexualities are invited to enjoy and explore, safely and consensually. An event where men are promised “unlimited sex without a condom” with 100 women hired to be at their service is, in a word, not that. In more words, it’s a retrograde, heteronormative embarrassment that caters exclusively to dated, straight male fantasies, and does so at the expense of everyone’s health and safety.
The company tries to get around the inherent irresponsibility of the no-condom policy by promising guests that the hired entertainment is “tested and free of any sexual diseases,” meaning it’s safe to “switch girls with the other 50 guests at any moment.” Aside from the regressive and offensive language used here — referring to adult women as “girls” and sexually transmitted infections as “sexual diseases” — this isn’t how safe sex works. It does not appear that guests are required to show negative STI test results before attending the event, and while the company promises “on-site HIV and STI testing” will be available, it seems unlikely that all guests will take advantage of that luxury.
That said, if the consenting adults involved in this event all agree to forego protection, that’s their choice. Still, a sex party advertising unlimited condom-free sex for dudes looking to live out some medieval fantasy of having a harem of women at their beck and call feels a bit, shall we say, dated.