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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Seattle's Professional Snuggle Service?!?

Posted by on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Can we talk about this for a minute? Run by Mitch: "actor, father, part time philosopher, and professional cuddler?"

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Odd thing about this, I have been thinking about just what it would take to open such a service myself...
Posted by Jenkitty on March 19, 2014 at 5:21 PM · Report this
There's a woman in portland who is also a professional snuggler.
Posted by raspin on March 19, 2014 at 5:26 PM · Report this
This was attempted in Madison, WI:

-- the article also mentions the Portland business.
Posted by LMcGuff on March 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM · Report this
Sounds creepy.
Posted by crone on March 19, 2014 at 5:56 PM · Report this
Yes, and thebackpage ads are really for people interested in bringing some arm candy to social events, so they don't appear to be single.
Posted by ChefJoe on March 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Estey 6
Damn it, he starts this up here and it will take away work from my own season "Sensual Santa" biz. (h/t Eightball Comics)
Posted by Estey on March 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM · Report this
watchout5 7
Are sweatpants ok?
Posted by watchout5 on March 19, 2014 at 6:03 PM · Report this
Masi 8
I know a few people that need cuddling. This will make a perfect gift.
Posted by Masi on March 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 9
@5: I doubt there's sexy sex going on at Cuddle Parties.
Posted by undead ayn rand on March 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM · Report this
Posted by Trinidad Scorpion on March 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM · Report this
From Japan to here.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on March 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM · Report this
wockyjockey 12
I don't view this positively. "Professional" just means he's charging for it, not that he's trained or certified or qualified.

Plus wtf happened to friends and family helping each other? A hug should be offered freely, never be given with condition.
Posted by wockyjockey on March 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM · Report this
Christ, the PNW is filled with some seriously lonely people.
Posted by Confluence on March 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM · Report this
@12 Says who? If there were a professional cuddling school somewhere, your argument might make sense. I'm guessing you think sex workers should be, what, criminalized? Like it or not, physical touch for pay is hardly a new concept.

That said, I think this particular professional cuddler seems like kind of a douche bag, based on his website.
Posted by Rhythm1 on March 20, 2014 at 12:56 AM · Report this
rebeccax 15
Cuddle Parties are awesome! Going for a one-on-one service seems a lot more awkward than the party approach.
Posted by rebeccax on March 20, 2014 at 3:42 AM · Report this
Dr. Z 16
Props to @12 for knowing the difference between a "profession" and a "vocation", which @14 utterly missed.

A profession:
1. Requires a college degree in the field.
2. Requires licensing (and periodic recertification) to practice.
3. Possesses an agreed-upon body of knowledge.
4. Is self-policing.
5. Has an academic/trade press devoted to improving the state of the practice.
6. Is indemnified against malpractice.
7. Has professional associations that ensure compliance with minimum requirements.

Strictly speaking, many lines of work that informally refer to themselves as "professions" are actually vocations. For example, journalism is a vocation (e.g. it isn't licensed by the state, and it doesn't require a college degree.) Doctors, lawyers, and engineers are professions.
Posted by Dr. Z on March 20, 2014 at 5:46 AM · Report this
Don't people have friends or SOs that can provide hugs without being cajoled by money?
Posted by No Excuses on March 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM · Report this
sirkowski 18
Platonic my ass.
Posted by sirkowski on March 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM · Report this
He likes a cookie, every now and then
Posted by Kelly O on March 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Jeez, just get a hooker like a normal person
Posted by ishf on March 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Report this
very bad homo 21
Gross. I'll just pick up my cat, thanks.
Posted by very bad homo on March 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Report this
Christo B 22
@19 -- if he's considering bringing said cookie into bed then he's not very professional at all.
Posted by Christo B on March 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM · Report this
I know this guy...he started this because he's been unemployed for 5 years and he's admitted this is a way to make money without doing "actual" work. Oh, and his wife (soon to be ex-wife for unrelated reasons) has been supporting him and his child for years. What an embarrassment...really sad stuff.
Posted by Dale Cooper on March 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM · Report this
Dirtclustit 24
I wonder what the hourly rates are?

I heard Paul Constant was looking for an platonic escort to accompany him to the Hult Center for a ballet performance of the Nutcracker
Posted by Dirtclustit on May 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM · Report this

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