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This isn’t your grandmother’s bingo. We sure hope not, anyway.

A Bedford-Stuyvesant entertainment producer is putting a titillating twist on bingo at the Flat in Williamsburg on Feb. 24. In Sex Toy Bingo, players do not win money or bar tabs — they win sex toys. The goal of the game is to encourage players to embrace their sexuality without judgment or fear, said the game’s creator.

“We live in a world where sex positivity is frowned upon,” said organizer and co-host Bex Cellent. “There is a difference between oversexualization and sex positivity, and I am trying to hone in on that.” Also, it’s just funny.

“Bingo is the most innocent game in the world. Your grandma plays it,” said Cellent, who has hosted two previous Sex Toy Bingo nights. “The juxtaposition between the two is neat.”

The game itself is played in the usual way, but Cellent said she has spiced it up with some salacious sayings, including “premature e-bingulaton” for those who call “bingo” early but have not won, and unique house rules, including a sudden-death sex trivia playoff in the case of multiple winners of a match.

Cellent and her co-host will lead 10 or 11 rounds of Sex Toy Bingo in one sitting, while a disc jockey spins sexy tunes including Peaches’ “F--- the Pain Away,” Ginuwine’s “Pony,” and “Splash Way” by Ludicrious.

Prizes up for grabs will include nipple clamps, bondage tape, and chocolate body butter, Cellent said. But the rewards aren’t just for the ladies — one of the prizes available is a Fleshlight, famous for being a man’s best pal.

Sex Toy Bingo at the Flat [308 Hooper St. between Broadway and S. Fifth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 599–5151, www.theflatbkny.com]. Feb. 24 at 8 pm. Free entry, $5 per bingo card.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
The lede of this story is a sexist, age-ist, classist and era-ist debacle!

"This isn’t your grandmother’s bingo. We sure hope not, anyway."

We sure hope not? Who are "we" to tell grandma what she can and cannot do in bed? Sex toys -- we used to call them "marital aids" back in the day -- are depicted by our culture as either the tools of Satan Himself or some laugh line for the younger generation that feels oh so smug in its loamy sexuality.

Well, you know what? I, for one, hope grandma's hope chest contained a welter of fun and games: a magic bullet or two and maybe even a Long Dong Silver.

And as someone approaching the age when he'll soon be dating ladies whose children have started to have children, here's hoping I'll be around when my hot grandma opens up that treasure chest.

Danielle Furfaro, please examine your conscience!
Feb. 18, 2015, 10:26 am
Ruth Brown (Brooklyn Paper) says:
I'll take responsibility for the lede, Gersh, but I stand behind it. My grandmother is free to use nipple clamps, but I really don't want to think about it.
Feb. 18, 2015, 12:17 pm
Barbra from Brooklyn says:
Your age-ist, puritan attitude towards sexuality is outdated and oppressive.
Sorry that you find us disgusting, but we are human beings with sexuality as well. No need to infatilize the old. Please keep your judgement and prejudices to yourself.
Feb. 19, 2015, 3:23 am
BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
Ruth's squeamish comment reveals the exact problem I had with the story. No one should be afraid of anyone's use of sex toys. The only thing we have to fear in this world is (not necessarily in this order): loss of democracy, government spying, violence and, yes, the decline of intimacy between consenting (but often stressed out) adults. Newspapers should do more to encourage vibrant, shame free sexual relations between all people rather than mock said relations.
Feb. 23, 2015, 12:55 pm

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