The rise of floorgies
One Washington University freshman feels that the uncommon nature of the 8-person floorgy on his floor last semester caused more fascination and humor than it did discomfort.
“A lot of people found it funny, especially since they weren’t involved in it. I personally found it a little bit humorous, but I can imagine it would be awkward for some people on the floor if they were more sheltered. If anyone on the floor did feel that way, though, they weren’t open about talking about it,” he said.
In recent months, the more commonly known act of floorcest has developed into a more inclusive practice dubbed the “floorgy.”
Formerly defined as a floor orgy, a floorgy is a sexual interaction among multiple students on the same floor, and, although it is rare, there have been reports of at least one occurrence on the South 40 this year.
Several underclassmen aware of the event commented that they believe students would generally be accepting of floorgies.
“It’s obviously something that doesn’t happen often and not everybody would take part in, but I don’t think that people would partial either way with it as long it didn’t get out of hand,” sophomore Zach Tan said.
The originally quoted freshman expressed similar sentiments.
“I was shocked to hear about it when it happened at first, but I think the student body here is generally pretty liberal and would be accepting of it,” he said.
He added that he and his floor had never been briefed on any sexual regulations involving freshmen dorms.
Residential Life representatives were unavailable for comment and Nate Rosenblum, Residential College Director for Rubelmann, Umrath and South Forty House RCD, declined to comment.
Susan Stiritz, senior lecturer in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work as well as coordinator of Sexuality Studies, was also unaware of any rules that a floorgy might violate. According to Stiritz, the only sexual regulation enforced is that of consent.
Junior Naveen Chadalavada said that he had never heard of a floorgy taking place.
“I lived in Koenig my freshman year and never heard of anything like that happening,” Chadalavada said. “I know floorcest is a thing, but a floorgy is definitely new to me.”
Stiritz believes that if such things had occurred in the past, she would have known.
“Every semester I get at least 70 sexual history papers from students and if this was happening they would have written it up,” Stiritz said. “We share everything.”
But to Stiritz who teaches a course on the different sexual scenes and hookup cultures at Wash. U. called Hooking Up: Helpful Exploration or Harmful Exploitation, the fact that it occurred among freshmen is no surprise.
“What we found here at Washington University was that freshmen are the most active in the hookup culture,” she said. “The men continue in it, but the women start realizing it’s actually a man’s game and look for something more meaningful.”
“They need to talk while they are hooking up, they need to talk after they hook up. There needs to be more communication,” she added.
The people involved were not shy about partaking in the floorgy, according to the anonymous freshman. He says there have even been rumors of a second floorgy taking place on his floor.
“I think if the people involved in it don’t communicate, it’d probably be awkward,” he said. “As long as people are enjoying themselves and being safe, I’m not going to judge.”