Silicon Valley’s elite throw secretive, drug-fueled sex parties where young women can feel pressured to participate

Silicon Valley’s elite throw secretive, drug-fueled sex parties where young women can feel pressured to participate


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  • In an excerpt in Vanity Fair from her new book,
    “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley,” the
    reporter Emily Chang details secretive sex parties in Silicon
    Valley.
  • The parties are something of an open secret in the
    Valley, Chang says, writing that their influence extends into
    the business world as well.

Secretive sex parties are becoming the norm in Silicon Valley.

That’s according to an excerpt from the Bloomberg
reporter Emily Chang’s new book, “Brotopia:
Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley
,” which details
the inner workings of the Valley’s freewheeling sex culture.

Chang writes of several investors and entrepreneurs who shared
stories of sex parties that encourage open relationships, heavy
drug use, and “cuddle puddles.”

  • Chang writes that the parties are fueled by drugs like MDMA,
    aka Molly, with tablets that are sometimes shaped like the logos
    of tech companies.
  • Venture capitalists, founders, and aspiring entrepreneurs
    participate in these parties, which Chang says take place
    anywhere from a mansion in the San Francisco suburbs to a yacht
    off the Spanish island of Ibiza.
  • But it’s the powerful male tech elite who have all the power
    at these sex parties, Chang writes. Women who choose to
    participate in the parties are often stigmatized and can lose the
    respect of others in the Valley.
  • One female founder told Chang: “If you do participate in
    these sex parties, don’t ever think about starting a company or
    having someone invest in you. Those doors get shut. But if you
    don’t participate, you’re shut out. You’re damned if you do,
    damned if you don’t.”

The misogynistic effects of sex parties are just one facet of
Chang’s book, which she’s been working on for the past two years.

While “Brotopia” delves into years of sexism and “bro culture” in
Silicon Valley, its release comes as sexual harassment is
dominating the national conversation. Several incidents of sexual
harassment and misconduct at high-profile tech companies have
been exposed in the past year, beginning with Susan Fowler’s explosive blog
post
about workplace discrimination and harassment at Uber.
Well-known investors and CEOs were also accused of sexual
misconduct
 in 2017.

Chang’s book is set for release in February (you
can preorder it on Amazon
), but you can read the full except
over at Vanity Fair.

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