At first glance, yes. But there are several aspects that are dramatized for the sake of entertainment. According to Bedard, Sex/Life did a good job of setting the scene at the sex party.
“I was actually quite impressed at first with the accuracy of the house party itself,” Bedard tells PureWow. “People were walking around with different levels of seductive, sexy clothing from dresses to lingerie to only sexy panties and thigh highs. The hostess even came up to them and offered a tray of Jell-O shots dressed in nothing but heels, panties and a pearl necklace.”
However, Bedard is quick to note that Billie’s situation isn’t realistic when she unknowingly attends a sex party with her husband. The expert explains that the show overlooks the initiation process, saying, “What I find so strange is that the friends, Trina and Devon, don’t even tell [Billie and Cooper] where they are going as they head up to the house. No explanation, nothing. Once they get inside and realize where they are, Trina says that they can do anything they want, watch (be voyeurs) or be watched (be exhibitionists).”
Bedard goes on to explain why this is an issue, adding, “This all seems good and well, but the reality is that you don’t bring new people into this world without setting them up for success. What is wrong is not explaining anything to them about the lifestyle and bringing them to a house party while they are vulnerable.”
She continues, “Even at a sex club you don’t walk right into sex happening right there at the door. There is usually a playroom at the back that is more private. Usually, a host makes sure that the environment feels safe for any new people coming in. Often there is a tour of the club or party and a run-down of the rules and courtesies. At a club you sign documents and are usually required to be a member before entering the club. It is very important to protect other’s privacy, and this is taken very seriously.”