Rainbow Parties

The recent publication of a novel for teenagers titled RAINBOW PARTY has revived debate about whether or not such 'rainbow parties' are real. As a recent NY Times article explained, "rainbow parties are group oral sex parties in which each girl wears a different shade of lipstick, and each guy tries to emerge sporting every one of the various colors." Such parties are supposedly all the rage with teenagers (kids these days!... what will they think of next?). In the book, a teenage girl has to decide whether or not to go to such a party, but the party ends up never taking place.

The concept of rainbow parties first gained widespread attention back in 2003 when a guest on the Oprah show claimed that all kinds of teenagers were going to these things. But the thing is, tales about rainbow parties always seem to be third-hand: coming from adults who are trying to raise alarms about teenage sexuality. The same NY Times article notes that "Many say rainbow parties are just a new urban legend -- suburban, actually -- not much more trustworthy than the old stories about alligators in the sewer."

I'd have to agree that the rainbow party concept is probably more urban legend than reality. It reminds me of the Jelly Bracelet tale (that teenagers supposedly wear color-coded jelly bracelets to indicate to other kids what kind of sexual acts they're willing to perform). But as always with such things, it may have started out fake, but give it enough time and someone, somewhere, is probably going to be inspired to make it real.

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Posted on Thu Aug 11, 2005


Sounds to me like we are once again heading down a slippery slope that is going to reveal that the studies you refer to are not scientific and probably funded by the conservative right, but please, I would love to know which sources you refer to. Rather than waste my time you may want to check and see if the CDC or WHO has already debunked the sources that have so enlightened you.
Posted by Travis  on  Thu Sep 08, 2005  at  08:34 AM
Travis, having read your gracious last reply, I will now withdraw from this discussion. Since it is clear that anything I take the time to present will be judged only on who wrote it as the sole judge of truth, then clearly there are better things I can do with my time on the Net ( Which costs 11 times more than it does for you. )

The sad thing is, I actually agreed with you on the veracity of some of those studies and was merely asking you how you would respond - Something you clearly missed in your missionary zeal. However, since you have made it most clear that you intend to ignore any evidence that contradicts your world view based solely on an irrational predjudice equal to any shown by your imagined foes, I will not disturb you in your belief.

One wonders how someone with this approach finds working in the sexual health field which, as an outsider, I would imagine requires some level of openness and sensitivity. If it makes you feel any better, you win.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  05:32 AM
The simple fact is that the "evidence" you had was either seriously flawed or nonexistent. Turn it around as much as you want, you still don't know what you're talking about.

Posted by Travis  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  08:18 AM
Travis, I am trying to be polite here. Return the favour and read my message or get someone to read it for you.



Now, I am no longer listening to you. Fini.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Sat Sep 10, 2005  at  02:45 AM
You da man, Stucky. Now go brush yo' teeth.
Posted by booch  on  Sat Sep 10, 2005  at  12:41 PM
ummmm i just graduated high school and I don't think rainbow partys are really happening yet, but i do know the "SEX" bracelets caught on fast so the parties will probally do the same, which is really awful.
Posted by jess  on  Mon Sep 12, 2005  at  07:59 AM
We'll for starters I 39 and when I was 19 girls were taking turns blowing me and my friends at a club called Alexandra in Copenhagen. Whether their lipstick was in different colors or not never really bothered any of us - the predominant colors were black and pink - and who really cares. The rest of their make-up made it impossible to recognise them from one saturday to the next. Only those who swallowed were remembered...
Those parties always ended with everobody dancing to a big screen videoshow of Michael Jacksons "Thriller"
Posted by Old guy  on  Wed Nov 16, 2005  at  10:37 AM
Funny you should mention this. I am neither a goth nor punk, but I sometimes consider myself One-Sexual, as I am deathly afraid of STDs and peanut butter crackers that actually might be defacation.

Oh, back to the funny you should mention this part. I just finished blowing myself, while alternating lipsticks. Yes it sometimes does smear, not to mention what it does to your teeth... I get some funny looks at work. As I mentioned, I'm deathly afraid of STDs so I wear a condom, but just on the tip, otherwise the rainbow effect gets lost.

So there, they exist... or do they... actually, I'm not a teenager, and there are no teenage girls involved, which is probably a good thing, as I'm a one-sexual man in my 60s. I've lived a full life of blowing myself... thank you Jesus.

This cracker tastes funny...

Posted by Double Jointed  on  Tue Nov 29, 2005  at  04:45 PM

Travis, wipe that shit eating grin off of DFStuckey's face...

Posted by Double Jointed  on  Tue Nov 29, 2005  at  04:49 PM
Double Jointed, it isn't my party, but I'll grin if I want to......

That metaphor is going to haunt me as long as there are literal minded idiots in the net. But at least there are a few wits around to liven things up....
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Wed Nov 30, 2005  at  10:03 PM
It's interesting that such 'grown up' people are participating endlessly and all-encompassingly in a discussion about sexual behaviour involving pre-teens. get a life.
Posted by Girl  on  Fri Feb 03, 2006  at  03:07 PM
yo...parties like this do happen, but they'r enot as commonas people think. i hate how adults are all 'we understand teenager...we want to help" but in reality, they just make this stuff up because they failed as a teen and now they want to get back into the swing of "cool" things....losers
Posted by guess  on  Tue Apr 25, 2006  at  08:31 AM
I think the vast majority of this is fearmongering, but I know a guy who's supposedly been to one, after everybody heard about them through Oprah or whatever. They're certainly not common or anything, but I'm fairly sure they do occasionally happen.
Posted by Nate L.  on  Tue May 08, 2007  at  06:41 PM
and they do this for fun?!?! people who do this have no life, plus they are wasting their time time is precious, everyone, time is precious...
Posted by none  on  Wed May 09, 2007  at  10:12 PM
none, if I may call you that - Japanese name, is it not? - Having just come from four hours at work (unpaid) performing tests to prove conclusively what the people who gave me the tasks already "knew" at a cost of NZ$120 a time, I am not sure that a Rainbow Party sounds more like a profitable use of precious time than my current job.

Assuming from some of the witnesses that these things occur, which I am willing to concede may in fact do, I would like to find out just what none is convinced is a better use of time than this. Well, apart from surfing the 'net, that is.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Sat May 12, 2007  at  01:02 AM
Not as common as I would like them to be, but they do exit. Hell, I'm currently organizing one.
Posted by The Devil  on  Sun Feb 22, 2009  at  03:10 AM
Why are 'rainbow parties' dismissed as a myth? Kinkier, weirder stuff has been conclusively proven to be in practice, so why not rainbow parties?
Posted by Sekhmet  on  Sun Apr 05, 2009  at  01:23 AM
of course the're true. I actully went to one last weekend. But many teens change it to any exposed skin, not guys dicks. Also, its usually a person kissing the person they like, or are intressed in.

Parents give it to much thought.. no wonder your kids dont want to talk to you
Posted by auqagirl  on  Mon Apr 13, 2009  at  03:46 AM
Please don't confuse my crudity or humor for lack of taking the issue seriously. My first thought upon hearing about these rainbow parties is how come i didn't go to any. My next thought is trying to visualize this to see if it at all realistic. Ok so girl A has red lipstick(my favorite color) so she leaves some red lipstick on my "thing". So then girl B has purple lipstick and girl C has yellow lipstick. Wouldn't the saliva from the next girl wash away the lipstick left by the previous girl, which would really mean girls would be swallowing a lot of lipstick which I imagine must taste even grosser than swallowing the usual "stuff" one would swallow during oral sex. Maybe this would work if it was like getting a quick stamp down there from multiple girls and not a full blown sexual act. That would really just make it kinda frusturating for guys. I hope all you uptight housewives read this and think it through and relax a little. If anyone knows of some real rainbow parties I'd like to go. For "research purposes"
Posted by Breshin  on  Thu Aug 27, 2009  at  01:31 AM
No wonder we have mutated STDs... People are desperately seeking new ways to invent them. Sheeesh.
Posted by clarissea  on  Mon Jan 11, 2010  at  10:58 PM
Good point Clarissea . . . just think how much richer, safer and more productive we would all be if sexual activity was finally stopped.

I say 'gentle' all boys at the age of 11 and we would make such great strides in society, environmental protection and world peace that it would boggle the minds of even the most utopians. Am I not correct?
Posted by D F Stuckey  on  Mon Jan 11, 2010  at  11:23 PM
Well I am 16, in High School, and have never heard of these parties in any way before this very night.

My (Oh Lawdy) Mother forced me to watch an episode of "The Doctors" talking about the "Truth" about teen sex. In this episode, they brought the most stereotypical IDIOTIC teenage girls on. About halfway through the episode, they started talking about Rainbow Parties.
I thought blumpkins were pretty ridiculous. I stand corrected, Rainbow Parties are the most ridiculous type of sex act I have ever heard of.

Seriously though, that show was bullshit. Apparently as racier shows rose in popularity, it caused teen preggys to go up. That's just two graphs side by side... I mean if I put the average number of grasshoppers in my yard over last year and the number of teen pregnancies side by side, I guess more grasshoppers=more preggos.
Posted by Luke Paige  on  Fri May 28, 2010  at  10:34 PM
This sounds like a club for me, when's the next party in my neck of the woods?
Posted by Nick  on  Thu Nov 01, 2012  at  06:44 AM
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