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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.
Categories: Sex/Romance, Urban Legends
Posted by Alex on Thu Aug 11, 2005
Comments (73)
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my girlfriends mom NEVER wants her to go to parties with me because my friend nates mom told her mom that teenagers would have group oral sex at parties
Posted by RAMONESxMANIA  on  Thu Aug 11, 2005  at  04:05 PM
I was born 20 years to early.
Posted by bruce  on  Thu Aug 11, 2005  at  04:28 PM
Forget the book and the debate, just tell me where I can find one of these parties...
Posted by Big Gary C in Dallas  on  Thu Aug 11, 2005  at  04:39 PM
sweet im 15 ill tell you all if its true....

and i will get all the colors.
Posted by Nightmare  in  Formaly ED  on  Thu Aug 11, 2005  at  06:34 PM
My vote is myth.

Unless it's an all-boy party, I cannot believe in teenage group orgies simply because of the differing sex drive between females and males.

Namely males have one, females don't.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  03:54 AM
Strange, it was the other way round, in my teenage relationships.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  04:35 AM
Funnily enough the episode of Oprah (or DR Phil)which discusses this was on in Australia yesterday. It sounds like the typical fear mongering-harbinger-of-doom type ratings winning formula Oprah would use to raise the awareness of this important teenagers-in-crisis issue that is so prevelent in the world today. Whether or not they actually occur doesn't seem to matter, it could and since a book has been written about it it makes it more likely and thats enough proof for some people in the media.
I wonder if the book is on her top ten?
Posted by timichu  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  04:37 AM
Totally a myth. That's not to say that something like it hasn't happened at some point, somewhere. But to say it's a trend, or that it's happening all the time, is completely false in my opinion.

I remember back when I was in junior high. F**k tabs were the big thing. You'd take the tab off a pop can, and how it broke would determinge what sexual favour you'd get from a girl for it.
Of course, the one thing we all knew was that no matter how many tabs you gave a girl, you'd never get anything in return.
If something was going to happen, it had nothing to do with the tabs.
Posted by AqueousBoy  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  07:24 AM
hey, if these parties are really going down, then it sucks that we all can't be there...what a country
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  10:29 AM
These parties are very real - at least the seem so. They've been taking place in my dreams since I was 13!!!!! I also have a cousin who sees all kinds of pretty rainbows all the time. But I think that has more to do with his choice of recreational substances.
Posted by Dreamer  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  10:38 AM
Myth, same category as the girls with coke-bottles stuck vacuum down there. Just male hormones and wishful thinking
Posted by jerry s  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  10:46 AM
Sorry to tell you all , but this actually does happen. When I was 17 I participated in a few (well 2 to be exact) And it doesn't happen the way they are saying it does. It's more disclosed than that. None of us got BJ's in front of everyone it was always in a bathroom, closet or other non-public place. The first party I went to, I only got one shade, but the second one, I got 3 colors.
Posted by Anonymous  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  12:45 PM
I read an article in a teen magizine about these parties.
Posted by Dany  in  Waco, Texas  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  03:57 PM
Yes Virginia, it actually does happen. When I was a junior in high school I was in with the in group and we had these parties once or twice a month.
Posted by partyboy  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  06:28 PM
Ah, here come the netsibishionists . . .

You three above say you have been to such events. I could crap on a cracker and say it was peanut butter, but I think most people would realise it was not after at least two bites.

Let's be realistic; Consensual sex among men and women of any age group is becoming rarer. Look at the birth rates in most countries, the increasing number of singles and same sex relationships.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Fri Aug 12, 2005  at  09:40 PM
Wow, this sounds like a good idea! I would love to have one of these parties!
Posted by Michael Jackson  on  Sat Aug 13, 2005  at  05:26 AM
It's funny how folks who aren't getting any action don't want to believe that other people get it regularly.
Posted by partyboy  on  Sat Aug 13, 2005  at  07:56 AM
it's funny how people who get it regularly like to believe that other people don't...I'm know it
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sat Aug 13, 2005  at  08:10 AM
Wow! Partyboy is my new hero. He ain't lyin', nd I ain't frontin'. The guy I'm worried about is the fruity virgin who wants to take a dump on a cracker and make a peanut butter sandwich. You ought to write a story about him. Wash your hands after you meet with him, though (hepatitis).
Posted by booch  on  Sat Aug 13, 2005  at  04:01 PM
Party boy, the old saying is quite true.

The ones who brag the most get the least.

Unless you can provide proof I suggest you don't make any further comments.

And that goes for the rest of you.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Sat Aug 13, 2005  at  06:48 PM
I think this just might be a spin-off of the new Oral Sex trend, that teens have admitted that oral sex is the new cool "non-sex". (Even though, I doubt even the claims of how prevelant this is, is suspect.) And maybe one kid was bragging that he had multiple shades of lipstick you-know-where, and then turned that brag into a party. (And essentially the 'original' incident never even took place.) Sorry, even the slutty girls that I knew when I was a teenager wouldn't give it to multiple guys at a party...and the slutty teen girls I know now wouldn't give it to multiple guys at a party.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Aug 14, 2005  at  07:11 AM
You keep such "nice" company there Maegan!



*I thought you were a nice Christian girl?*
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Sun Aug 14, 2005  at  10:51 PM
Let's see if I have this straight: Since we all know that rainbow parties don't happen, if someone claims to have been to a "rainbow party," that's evidence that they are lying. Thus there is no evidence for rainbow parties. Thus we know that they don't happen.

Posted by partyboy  on  Mon Aug 15, 2005  at  05:09 AM
Currently I'm in highschool, and I hang out with the goths and punks but not consider one. My friends and I are sexual active, all the girls including myself are bi-sexual, some are homosexual, most of the guys are bi, some of them as well are gay as well, but some are even straight but had bi experimental experiences.
Everywhere we go, we're either kissing each other, groping each other, or pulling each other's clothes off. In my freshman year, I had my first experience with girls during an orgy, 5 girls only because we kicked the guys out of the room. Whenever I'm at their house, something sexual is going on, upstairs, in the closets, in the stairs, once right next to me as I was on the computer chatting with some friends. We did have a rainbow party once but the girls also got kisses everywhere on their bodies as well. I have to say it was a blast because even the guys had to wear different colored lipsticks.
It was just for fun and we wanted to try it out.
Posted by China Doll  on  Mon Aug 15, 2005  at  12:49 PM
it may have started out as a myth but these parties do acctually take place. being 15 I've never taken part in one but i know people who have
Posted by kathryn  on  Tue Aug 16, 2005  at  03:14 AM
Yeah, talk, talk, talk ...
Everybody's talking about it, but still nobody's answered my original request:

"... just tell me where I can find one of these parties..."
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  on  Tue Aug 16, 2005  at  11:55 AM
I hear than Jenna and Babs are having a party this weekend at their house, you know, the big white one on Pennsylvania Ave, and all their friends are coming... sorry...
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Aug 16, 2005  at  12:28 PM
Look dont be stupid ya'll. Stop and think about it. If there were indeed such parties, given the nature of oral sex, wouldnt the first color pretty much be smeared off by the next girl? and so on? Rings of colored lipstick on his stick may be a male fantasy but no way its happening.
Besides that it would be nearly impossible to find enough lipstick to make a rainbow of colors. Mostly red and pink.
Posted by Chyca  on  Tue Aug 16, 2005  at  12:43 PM
Actually the first lips go to the base of the dick and than it goes up therefor its nto smearing the other lipsticks. And theres actually all different color lipsticks, purple,blue, yellow, green and so on. You can get them mostly anywhere they sell make up now.
Posted by China Doll  on  Tue Aug 16, 2005  at  04:31 PM
Partyboy, all we are asking for is some actaul physical evidence, not some "i seed it" report or a claim of someone's cousin's locker neighbour.

Several teens have videoed themselves committting acts of vandalsim and other stupidity: By now, if these parties were real, someone would have made a recording of some sort. That would constitute proof.

Is this a concept that is too hard for you to grasp?
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Wed Aug 17, 2005  at  01:02 AM
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