House of Scorpio > Code of Conduct
Both our PAL system and the Code of Conduct have been adapted with permission from the San Francisco institution, Kinky Salon (though a bit altered over the years to fit HoS). We believe this set of rules to be the gold standard for playing well with others -- read it often, and abide it always.
The Code of Conduct below states our intention and our standards. It should make it super-easy for newbies to understand how to behave at these events. Follow these simple do's and don'ts, and you'll fit right in:
The Long Version: Do!
Be creative about how you dress. It's not about having the most fabulous, over-the-top costume, more about looking like you meant to attend our party when you left the house (not work, gym, etc) and contributing to the overall sexy vibe. Express yourself in whatever form is right for you, but NEVER wear jeans, khaki, t-shirts or sportswear.
Contribute when and where you can. Our community is created through the efforts of everyone involved. If you want to volunteer at an event, perform or have another creative offering, just email and let us know. We would love to hear from you. (For play parties, a volunteer requirement is previously attending Lip Service with a PAL -- or at least having a PAL.)
Get explicit consent. ALWAYS ask before touching someone for the first time, and don't assume consent for one activity automatically means consent for all others. If you need a refresher on consent, look here or here.
State your boundaries. If someone makes you uncomfortable, for ANY reason, then you should let them know. That includes touching without asking, saying something that offends you, or even just looking at you in a way you don't like. Be nice, be graceful, but be firm.
Have sensible safe sex practices. Agreement first, action second. BYO preferred safety methods, though we will always supply the basics.
Respect our space and each other. Being respectful towards each other and our environment means that we can build an atmosphere of trust. This includes a total acceptance of other guests' gender presentation and expressions of sexuality. his party is specifically pan-sexual and prioritizes alternative modes of sexual expression. Many guests choose our events to experiment with their personal gender or sexuality boundaries, and we want to make sure everyone present is fully supportive, whether it's in coversation, party games or playtime. This is the magic that makes our parties so special: if you're used to being the dominant standard (loking at you, hetero-normative "hot" couples & "unicorns"), here the the fringe is the norm, and you should expect to adapt to your surroundings. Makes sense, yeah? It usually works out pretty automatically, but it's worth putting into words every once in a while... (And we're trying to avoid the buzzwords of "privilege check" and "safe space," but you know, that thing.)
Clean up after yourself. Like, really people.
The Long Version: Don't!
Linger unaccompanied in play spaces. Please, please, please, don't hang out on your own watching people! It makes them feel uncomfortable and it makes you look like a Wanky McJerkoff!
Cruise aggressively (even if they are really cute). Learn to know the difference between 'playing hard to get' and 'get the fuck outta my face'. If you are given a hint, take it. There is nothing more unattractive than desperation.
Get too intoxicated. Having a couple of drinks is fine, we are all grown-ups here. But if you get shit-faced we will notice, and we will kick you out.
Take photographs. We usually have a professional photographer here to capture your fabulous outfit, so keep your cameras and your cellphones stashed for the duration.
Gossip about what goes on here. NEVER mention names or specific activities on any public blogs or message boards. What happens behind our closed doors, stays right here.