Happy Munkey's 7/10 Sensual Soiree, held at the iconic Museum of Sex in New York City, was not just another private cannabis industry event. It represented another significant step forward in the normalization of cannabis, as organizations like Happy Munkey explore the boundaries of what is possible within the evolving legal landscape.
Beyond being a fun-filled event, the Sensual Soiree offered a glimpse into the future of cannabis culture and social consumption in NYC and beyond.
These kinds of experiential events serve as a platform for cannabis enthusiasts and curious individuals alike to engage, learn, and embrace the potential of this versatile plant in unique but familiar settings.
An Unforgettable Night of Sensory Delight
The Happy Munkey 7/10 Sensual Soiree delivered an immersive and captivating experience that married the vibrancy of NYC’s cannabis culture with the world of sensual exploration. Set in the renowned Museum of Sex, the event offered a unique celebration that showcased the connections between cannabis, intimacy and individuality while also intentionally or unintentionally underscoring the repressive and oppressive nature of our society through the years toward sex and sexuality, gender, cannabis and psychedelics, among other subcultures.
This is why the Museum of Sex was such a fitting venue for Happy Munkey’s event. The Museum of Sex has long been dedicated to exploring the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality taking visitors on a captivating journey through the city's sexual subcultures. In doing so, it sheds light on the cyclical nature of sexual practices and repression, revealing how New York's diverse mix of populations and desires has influenced and shaped the nation's sexual development. Happy Munkey’s event also served to punctuate the fact that cannabis culture as with sexual exploration and experimentation have always found a way to flourish, even in the face of societal constraints.
In the face of lingering stigmatization and increasing sexual repression and fear in society, Happy Munkey’s Sensual Soiree serves as a timely reminder of our history. It implicitly urges us to learn from the past, recognizing that periods of oppression and repression have occurred before and carry valuable lessons.
LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Cannabis Legalization
The cannabis and the LGBTIQ+ movements are two forces that challenge stigmas, marginalization, and the historical and social context in which they have lived. Let's be clear: historically, both the cannabis community as well as the LGBTIQ+ community have been victims of deeply rooted prejudices in society. For a long time, the members of these collectives have been judged (and prejudged!), stigmatized, and excluded, facing the intolerance and discrimination of a society fearful of anything other than "the norm".
For guests of Sensual Soiree, seeing the rich tapestry of unconventional sexual practices throughout history, it’s evident that attempts to suppress and control sexual expression have repeatedly been met with defiance, as individuals and communities have sought to pursue their desires. It’s not hard to see the similarities to the war on drugs, legalization, decriminalization and destigmatization in cannabis.
Just as the Museum of Sex challenges cultural gatekeepers who seek to control what society can and cannot do, Happy Munkey’s Sensual Soiree sought to further disrupt the marginalization of the cannabis community and culture and speaks volumes about the freedom of expression and the right to safe access to cannabis in NYC and around the world.
As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of cannabis legalization and sexual freedom, it is crucial to remember the lessons of the past and recognize the cultural transformations that emerge from embracing diverse expressions of free choice.
Vlad Bautista, Ramon Reyes and the Happy Munkey fam once again stand as beacons challenging societal taboos, promoting understanding in new and engaging ways while also defying those who would condemn the normalization of cannabis and sexuality.
We Don’t Do it For the Clout, We Do it For the Culture
Happy Munkey understands the unifying power of cannabis and aims to inspire creativity, deepen connections, and expand the culture through their events. The Sensual Soiree was inclusive and welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of their familiarity with cannabis. It provided an opportunity to engage with the culture and community surrounding this remarkable plant in a fun and unique venue.
“Happy Munkey’s Sensual Soiree was a thoroughly exhilarating and sensually-satisfying experience. It created a safe space where everyone felt comfortable to share desires and explore kinks while also integrating cannabis into the experience and normalizing it in such a wonderful and unique manner. It was a liberating evening that celebrated pleasure and fostered genuine connection, reminding me of the power and beauty of being true to oneself and to one another.”- stand-up comedian Luz Michelle
Commenting on the event, stand-up comedian Luz Michelle shared, “Happy Munkey’s Sensual Soiree was a thoroughly exhilarating and sensually-satisfying experience. It created a safe space where everyone felt comfortable to share desires and explore kinks while also integrating cannabis into the experience and normalizing it in such a wonderful and unique manner. It was a liberating evening that celebrated pleasure and fostered genuine connection, reminding me of the power and beauty of being true to oneself and to one another.”
Interactive Stations and Exciting Performances
At the Sensual Soiree, attendees encountered interactive stations that offer a hands-on experience with various aspects of cannabis. From education about different strains and consumption methods to exploring the sensual and intimate connections with cannabis, participants could delve deeper into the plant's many dimensions. Additionally, the event featured a number of captivating performances that blended art, music, and entertainment to create an atmosphere of wonder and excitement.
Normalizing Cannabis Through Experiences
Events like the Happy Munkey 7/10 Sensual Soiree play a crucial role in the normalization of cannabis in NY and elsewhere. They offer a controlled environment where individuals can safely explore the plant's potential and experience its positive effects. By merging cannabis with unique cultural and artistic elements, these events demonstrate that cannabis can be integrated into mainstream activities, further shedding the stigma associated with its use.
The Larger Picture and the Long Game
Happy Munkey’s events go beyond providing entertainment; they contribute to the larger picture of cannabis normalization and the culture at large. As companies like Happy Munkey, On The Revel, Weed Auntie, Flower Hour, Work N’ Roll, THC Museum and others experiment within the boundaries of current regulations, they also push the envelope, encouraging regulators to develop more robust and realistic social consumption programs. By showcasing the positive aspects of cannabis and fostering open conversations, these events create a dialogue that helps shape future policies and regulations surrounding the plant.
Happy Munkey's 7/10 Sensual Soiree at the Museum of Sex is a testament to the evolving cannabis culture and its potential to transform lifestyles and communities.
Commenting on the event, Happy Munkey’s Vlad Bautista shared, "As with art and cannabis, cannabis and sex are similarly two sides of a coin, transcending boundaries and uniting people in a divided world. Just as sexuality and sensuality are unique to each of us, cannabis allows for individual experiences, expressions and perspectives. Tonight, as we gather here in New York City for another groundbreaking Happy Munkey event, we once again witness history in the making.”
“It's not only a milestone for the cannabis industry and Happy Munkey, but for the entire social consumption scene of the city. Our mission is to continue to shift towards mainstream acceptance, where we no longer feel like criminals but embrace the freedom to enjoy cannabis openly. And this is just the beginning.”
Happy Munkey’s Ramon Reyes added, “As professionals and people from all walks of life converge here at the Museum of Sex, it demonstrates the immense potential of the cannabis movement. We (Happy Munkey) continue to be the catalyst that brings people together as a testament to NYC’s thriving cannabis culture. Because as New York leads the way, the rest of the world will follow suit, embracing and catering to the vibrant cannabis culture in a more mainstream and acceptable manner. It’s only a matter of time now."
With another successful event under their belt, Happy Munkey offers a glimpse into the future of cannabis normalization. By merging cannabis with education, art, history, sex and entertainment, Happy Munkey and similar companies pave the way for a more inclusive and accepting society, where cannabis is celebrated as a catalyst for creativity, connection, and personal development.