Hey, guess what? The Rubber Doll World Rendezvous is happening this weekend in Bloomington. What's that? You've never heard of the Rubber Doll World Rendezvous? It's a rubber-/latex-themed convention for rubber-doll fetishists and their admirers. So, yeah. This story is probably not NSFW.
Welcome back. For those new to the world of rubber dolling, this refers to a fantasy fetish where people are fully enclosed in latex rubber (like, um, a doll) with exaggerated female features. Typically this is a fantasy fetish situation, and it's a relatively new phenomenon.
While this may seem outside of the realm of what's "normal" for the uninitiated, the Rubber Doll World Rendezvous is the premier event for rubber-doll enthusiasts, offering a full weekend of events including seminars, a vendor showcase, and photo shoots.
While it's easy to read up on this event and feel as though it's uncomfortable/unnatural, the reality is that it's pretty awesome that folks consider the Twin Cities to be the spot where they can embrace their true selves and let loose for a weekend that is honestly just like any other visiting convention... only with a lot more latex.
While we could hype the event or attempt to describe it based on online reviews, it probably makes more sense to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Such as:
Will every person at this event be dressed as a rubber doll?
Nope. While you're likely to see a pretty wide range of latex Barbie-like outfits, non-dolls can attend, just so long as they adhere to the dress code. That means latex, PVC, silicone, shiny lycra, and so forth. Anything classy and/or sexy for non-dolls is appropriate, but you may want to contact the event organizers just to be safe. Don't plan on rolling up in cargo shorts.
Is this a straight-up sex thing?
Not necessarily. While there will likely be the opportunity to make a love connection (or multiple connections), attendees are free to simply enjoy the events, roam the area, and embrace their inner doll.
Will there be non-dolls in the hotel this weekend?
There will be. That being said, the dudes at the Double Tree are very supportive of the event and have no restrictions on where attendees can pose for pictures, as long as their costume satisfies hotel and RDWR dress guidelines. As with any other social event, the golden rule applies: Don't be a dick, and no one will be a dick to you.
Can I bring my kiddos to this party?
No way, Malibu Skipper. All attendees must be 18 or older, so don't plan on making this a family-bonding (or bondage) event.
If I want to become a doll but I don't have any gear, can I still show up?
Totally. While they aren't guaranteeing anything, chances are pretty good that the lineup of vendors will have everything you need to complete your transition into a plastic princess.
IF YOU GO:
Rubber Doll World Rendezvous
Hilton Double Tree Hotel, Bloomington