Young Couples Party is not in competition with other clubs, events, or parties. Any promoter who feels they are competing with other groups is not seeing the “larger picture.”
Let’s look at some facts:
24 million people live within 200 miles of YCP.
5% of the US population engages in consensual non-monogamy
Using these numbers, there may be as many as 1.2 million people who would be interested in a lifestyle club.
Yet, I can go to any other local group or event and recognize at least 25% of the people there.
I can’t imagine more than 1000 or 2000 people attend swinger clubs, parties, or events in this general area. I don’t mean 2000 people on any given weekend; I mean total.
So maybe .16 of 1% of people in the lifestyle attend lifestyle events. Even if I’m totally wrong and it’s 10,000 people, the point remains that it’s a fraction of 1%.
Instead of fighting over that tiny number of people, we should instead be working to break down the barriers that keep people from trying a club—things like a lack of knowledge and negative stereotypes.
If clubs/events and parties were doing a decent job of breaking through those barriers, there would be hundreds of clubs across Chicagoland instead of 3 or 4.
We are all failing in some capacity.
Instead of promoting ourselves as the “sexiest lifestyle club” we should instead be dedicating ourselves to creating education resources for people on the fence. That’s what we’re attempting to do at YCP. One of those resources is this guidebook to consensual non-monogamy. We hired two PhDs to write it. You can download it here.