Frequently Asked Questions



Questions about this website

User Accounts & Photos

Questions about Fetish Factory

Alter Ego Fetish Party

Recent Site Features and Functionality

Tickets

Fetish Dress Code

Party Galleries

Models & Photographer Galleries

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Questions about this website

What is Alter Ego?

Alter Ego is North America's longest running and most well-attended monthly Fetish Party with a strict fetish dress code. Parties take place at nightclub venues in South Florida and generally draw 700+ partygoers each month, but special events such as Halloween and our Anniversary Fetish Ball have drawn 1,500-2,000 attendees. Monthly parties always take place on the second Saturday of every month. Alter Ego fetish parties have run consistently every month since 1995. Alter Ego is the brainchild of Fetish Factory owners Glenn and Donna.

What is the purpose of this website?

The Alter Ego website was designed to inform partygoers about upcoming events. Just as importantly, this website was designed to bring people together and to help promote a fetish community where like-minded fetish friends can meet each other for dating, friendships and more.

Is this website really free?

Yes. You must register as a member of the site, but registration is free. We do not ask for a credit card number or bank account information anywhere during your registration.

Are there any paid features?

Gold and Platinum memberships are now available! If you love our site and would like to financially support it by becoming a paid member, we can offer you the highest level of connectivity and access to the site, including the ability to view every party gallery on our site regardless of attendance. You can also exchange messages with any member regardless of their membership level. [ read more]

Gold & platinum membership plans are available from 1 month to 3 months, to 6 months, all the way up to a full year.

What are the differences between basic, gold & platinum membership?

Basic members have access to general areas of the site and are allowed to communicate with gold & platinum members. Basic members have access only to galleries of parties which they have attended. Certain areas and galleries on the site are free to everyone, such as photographer, model & special galleries. Basic membership is absolutely FREE.

Gold membership is for those of you who are more interested in making friends than perusing the galleries. Gold members can exchange private messages with any other member regardless of their membership level, but do not have any special access to party or video galleries.

Platinum membership allows you to view every gallery on the site regardless of party attendance, as well as every video gallery. Platinum also allows you to communicate with every member on the site regardless of their membership level.

You must create a basic membership and get your photos approved in order to upgrade your account. You can learn more about platinum membership here.

I want to upgrade my membership! Where do I need to go?

You can upgrade here. We accept credit card, check account, or you can charge to your phone bill.

If you would prefer to pay for your upgrade in cash, please email Glenn for arrangements.

User Accounts & Photos

What do I need to sign up?

Just some basic information about you and your interests as they relate to fetish, and a photo of yourself that you can upload. The photo(s) must be of you. Signup is quick, fun, and relatively painless (unless you're into that sort of thing!)

Can other members see my personal information?

Members will see your nickname, hair color, eye color, city, and fetish interests. Members cannot see any sensitive personal information like your first and last name, email, your phone number or your physical address. This information is collected for our administrative personal records and is not available to the public. We collect this information for the safety and security of our community at large. We require real information to instill confidence in our members. We will never sell, share, or give away your information to anyone for any purpose. We will never mail any hardcopy or promotional materials to your physical address.

Is my email secure?

We will never share or sell any of your personal information with a third party. We may occasionally send you our weekly email newsletter that has important information about upcoming parties and special sales. If you do not wish to receive our newsletter, simply click the link at the bottom of the newsletter to unsubscribe and you will be removed from our lists.

Can I sign up to the newsletter without creating a member account?

Yes. Please visit the main page of FetishFactory.com and enter your email address in the input box on the right side. You will be added to our email list. If you wish to opt out later, there is a link at the bottom of every newsletter. Simply click on the link and your email will be removed from our list.

Can we sign up as a couple?

No. Our rules state that each member must have their own individual profile. Couple profiles will be denied or deleted. Couples with individual accounts can connect to each other by adding one another as friends.

Can we use the same email?

No. Our system requires that every member have their own individual email. Reusing the same email may corrupt your profile or make it impossible to log in.

Do I have to upload a photo?

You don't have to do anything, but if you do not upload a photo, you will have extremely limited access to the site. We recommend uploading a photo for full functionality and connectivity on the site.

If you are concerned about privacy or have a special need for anonymity, you may obscure your face in the photo by cropping it / pixelating / blurring - we can also do this for you by request.

What are the photo guidelines?

All photos must be of yourself. You must be prominently in the photo in some way, shape or form.

Softcore nudity is allowed which basically means you are allowed to show nipples, but think Rated R instead of Rated X. Nothing too hardcore will be allowed to be displayed on the site. If you upload something too hardcore, we will delete it and it will not get approved. Please note that if you are more interested in uploading hardcore photos, please join our sister site XtremeFetishParty.com.

If you are concerned about privacy, you may obscure your face in the photo by cropping it / pixelating / blurring - we can also do this for you by request.

Please do not upload photos of children or photos with children in them regardless of the context.

Can I upload more than one photo?

Right now you can upload as many photos as you like.

I uploaded a photo but I don't see it on the site. What gives?

Please note that uploaded photos will not display on the site until they are approved. This usually takes 24-48 hours. We do this all by hand to assure the quality and consistency of all content.

Can I delete my photo after it is approved?

Basic members must maintain at least one approved photo or their access to the site will be extremely restricted. If you have multiple photos and want to remove one or a few of them, just make sure you leave at least one of them up.

How long does it take to get my account approved?

After you have filled out a registration and uploaded a photo, please allow 24-48 hours for us to approve your photos and activate your account to allow you unrestricted access to the site. We check everything by hand so please be patient. In some rare cases, accounts are activated the same day. If there is a problem with your account you will be notified by email. If you have waited more than 3 days, your account is still not activated, and you have not heard from us, please send an email to glenn@fetishfactory.com.

How do I sign up?

Go here to sign up a new account.

Something weird has happened. What do I do?

Don't panic. Please send an description of the problem to glenn@fetishfactory.com and we will try to get it sorted.

I would like to have my account deleted. What do I do?

The button to delete your account is on the member menu which is the first screen you will see after login. The member menu can also be found under information in the top menu. You may also send an email to glenn@fetishfactory.com and ask to be deleted. Please let us know why if possible so that we can improve our services for everyone. Keep in mind that deleting your profile is permanent! If you have marked yourself as "attended" for past parties, you will lose access to these galleries, as well as any internal emails, friend designations and member photos.

I am having trouble logging in or have forgotten my password. What do I do?

Click here and enter your email address to have your password resent. If you are still having problems, please send an email to glenn@fetishfactory.com.

Fetish Factory

What is Fetish Factory?

Fetish Factory is a unique retail clothing store located in Fort Lauderdale, FL with the most comprehensive fetish inventory you will find anywhere under one roof. We are a single, independently-owned mom n' pop store under the same ownership since the beginning, and we operate one of the largest and most popular fetish-oriented stores anywhere in the world. If you are in the area, please come in and see what we are all about.

We also sell advance discount tickets to Alter Ego fetish parties at Fetish Factory.

How do I contact Fetish Factory?

You can call Fetish Factory at 954-563-5777 or email glenn@fetishfactory.com. Fetish Factory is located at 855 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334.

What are Fetish Factory's store hours?

Fetish Factory's showroom is open M-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun Noon-6pm. Office is open weekdays 11am-7pm. Fetish Factory is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Easter, New Years Day and Memorial Day. FF is occasionally closed for two days in early November or early June for store inventory.

The Fetish Factory online store is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customer service for online orders is available weekdays from 11am-7pm. Expedited shipping is available.

How do I get a job with Fetish Factory?

Please contact donna@fetishfactory.com or drop by the store to fill out a job application. We are always looking to hire great people.

I am a vendor. How do I wholesale to Fetish Factory?

We at Fetish Factory pride ourselves as Florida's leader in fetish inventory and we are always looking for great, new merchandise. Please contact donna@fetishfactory.com to make an appointment. We do have limited space so we pick our merchandise very carefully.

Recent Site Features & Functionality

RSVP Status & "Poke" Feature

When viewing another member's profile, you will see if they have RSVP'd to the next event or not. If a member has not yet RSVP'd, you can click on the link that says "Send Me An Invitation Now" on the front page of their profile. The will hopefully instigate their attendance at the party as well as encorage them to look at your profile so you might know a little something about each other before the party even starts! Want to get in touch ahead of time? We encourage you to sign up a paid membership which allows you to exchange messages will all members regardless of their membership level.

Erotic Stories

Do you have a way with words? An overactive imagination? We have recently added an "erotic stories" section where you can add your own erotic fiction or real-life stories. Browse creative posts by other members. This is located in the top menu under "extras". You must be logged in to use this feature.

Ride and Hotel Sharing

Coming from out of town? Need a ride? Looking to split gas and tolls? Want to split costs on a hotel room? If you are brazen and interested in possibly splitting costs and meeting new fetish-minded friends, this is the way to do it! Hook up with like-minded fetishists on the ride and hotel sharing page. This is located in the top menu under "member menu". You must be logged in to use this feature.

Classifieds

Whatever you are looking for, there's probably someone else out there looking for you. If you want to hook it up, our classifieds section is the place to do it. This is located in the top menu under "member menu". You must be logged in to use this feature.

Membership-level shield

Each member has an icon on the main page of their profile showing if they are a basic or paid member. The text next to this "shield" icon will state whether they are a basic or premium member. You can also use our search functionality to find paid members.

Want to learn more about site features and functionality? Visit our features page.

Alter Ego Fetish Party

Who attends Alter Ego fetish parties?

People from all walks of life: every sexuality, every color, every echelon of society describes someone who attends our party. Doctors and lawyers mix with people who deliver your mail and people who serve you food at a restaurant. Our youngest partygoers are 18 (or 21 at some nightclubs) and our oldest are probably in their 80s, and we have everyone in between. Also, another thing that is interesting and unusual about our parties is that there are more girls than guys. For some reason, this seems to be a scene where girls are generally more comfortable than guys, specifically when it comes to our fetish dress code.

This is a different sort of club experience from the usual nightclubs in South Florida. At a fetish party, it doesn't matter how much money you have or what sort of car you drive. Many people attend our parties in order to escape from the burdens and mundanities of their regular life and put on a completely new persona for the night. This is why we have named our parties Alter Ego.

The thing that all of these people have in common is that they love to dress up, they love to see and be seen, and they love to flirt and be social with each other.

What is an Alter Ego fetish party like?

Our parties are all about the glam fashion. Dressing up and being seen is what it's all about. Our attendees also love to dance, flirt and socialize. The dress code is also an important part of our party and its success over the years. The most similar thing to our party is the Rubber Ball in the UK and there is nothing truly like Alter Ego in the States. Our party has to be seen to be believed.

Is Alter Ego a bdsm night?

Sort of, but not entirely. Our party is more fetish-glam than bdsm. There are bdsm and leather bar nights in South Florida, but our party is a different breed. Our parties have a bdsm contingency and scene players do attend and enjoy our events, but the multitude of our partygoers are glam pranksters, kinky club kids, and party people, etc. BDSM play is encouraged and does go on at our events. No offense to any of the local bdsm nights, but on average, our parties tend to have a younger, prettier crowd.

Do you have a dungeon at the party?

We do not have a specific "dungeon" but rather bondage equipment spread out throughout the club. Players with an interest in bdsm can feel free to use any equipment they like and safe, sane, consensual bdsm play is encouraged.

Do people have sex at the Alter Ego parties?

No. Alter Ego is not a swingers event and sex is not allowed on premise. Inappropriate behavior will get you thrown out of the club and possibly arrested. We love sex as much as anyone, but save the best 'til you get home.

If you are looking for a more extreme bdsm and players event, please visit our sister site XtremeFetishParty.com. This is a fetish community designed with more extreme play, hardcore consensual bdsm and crossover swinger lifestyles in mind.

Where can I learn more about the Alter Ego parties?

Visit the events page of this website for all the latest information about upcoming events.

Lost & Found

If you attended one of our events and have either lost of found something, you can report this on our website. All you have to do is be logged into your profile and then run your mouse over the Top Link "Information" when you see the drop down menu click on "Lost & Found". Please post what you have lost and/or have found.

Also, please call Glenn at the store ASAP to see if the item has been reported found: 954-563-5777.

Please do not announce your email address or phone number or your posting may be deleted per our rules. We ask you to do this for security reasons and for your safety. When posting your lost & found please use contact glenn@fetishfactory.com and Fetish Factory's owner Glenn will serve as mediator. We would prefer that the meeting place for recovering a lost item be at our shop Fetish Factory which is open 7 days a week conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale. Our concern is your safety and we do not want people to be lured into meeting in a non-public, non-safe area when exchanging items.

Editorials

It you have attended one of our Fetish parties and have a way with words, we would love to hear your story. All you have to do is be logged into your profile and then run your mouse over the Top Link "Extras" when you see the drop down menu click on "Editorial". Please take a moment to share your experience after attending one of our events. Our members enjoy reading what your take was on the event and those that are unable to make it to our events enjoy living vicariously through you!

Tickets

How do I purchase tickets to the Alter Ego parties?

Advance discount tickets are available at Fetish Factory usually for a month before an event (earlier for special events). Discount tickets are available in the Fetish Factory retail store in advance. Tickets are available through our online store or you may pay full-price for a ticket at the door.

How much do tickets cost?

Monthly party tickets are available to "earlybird" customers at the Fetish Factory retail store for 1/2-price (ONLY $10) for the first week after the previous event. After that first week, tickets are $15 when purchased at the FF store in advance, $15 (+2.50 svc) when purchased through the Fetish Factory's online store, or you can wait until the last minute and pay $20 at the door. The price for special events like Halloween or the Anniversary Parties may cost a bit more. Please consult the events page for ticket price information for special events.

We recommend that you purchase your tickets at the FF store for your deepest discount. We are also offering a 10% discount on your total at checkout when you stay to shop after buying any party ticket. [ read more ]

Our parties cost far less than almost every other fetish party in the world. We enjoy a larger, more playful crowd from every socio-economic background and, because of this, our parties tend to carry a much higher energy level. Keeping our advance discount ticket price at only $10-15 since the inception of the event is our way of making sure that our party is affordable for everyone.

Can I get VIP?

We do not have a VIP. Our scene is very different than most other nightclub scenes in South Florida because we encourage the breakdown of all elitist & socio-economic separation. This has contributed to the great energy and vibe of our party for over a decade and we aim to keep it that way.

How about bottle service?

A very limited amount of space in the club may be available for table reservations with bottle service. Please email glenn@fetishfactory.com to inquire about bottle service at an event. Please note that bottle service and table reservations are separate from admission since bottle service is handled by the individual club and tickets are handled by Fetish Factory. Please reserve early to assure availability.

Fetish Dress Code

What is the fetish dress code?

You have to dress the part to get in. This generally means dressing sexy, but in a kinky way. Our dress code is strictly enforced to assure that the club is a complete fetish fantasyland as soon as you come in the door.

When considering what to wear to an event, dress sexy, be bold, be creative, go over the top, and most of all have fun! Latex, vinyl, leather, corsets and fishnets are all excellent options. Please visit the party galleries on this site to see what sort of clothing is allowed.

If this is your first time going to a fetish party, you may feel a bit odd before you get to the club, but believe us when we say that the more wild you dress, the more at home you will feel once you step in the door of the party.

What if I don't own those clothes?

Fetish Factory sells everything you could ever need and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in putting together a fun and unique outfit that you will fall in love with.

If you are on a budget, there are still options. Guys: pick up a pair of black vinyl pants and wear a fishnet shirt with some boots and you should get in no problem. Girls: put on some high heels, stockings, & lingerie - anything that you have that is sexy and sort of slutty.

Many people of the do-it-yourself mantra build their own fantastic fetish outfits. Innovation and creativity is strongly encouraged in our scene as well, and some of the best and most memorable outfits are definitely homemade!

A vanilla exception to our dress code is to wear a tuxedo, but this is not recommended. The wilder you dress the better, and once you are inside the party you will understand why.

What sort of things are not allowed?

Jeans, sneakers, regular clubwear, and all-black streetwear are not allowed.

Is nudity allowed?

No. The nightclub does not have a license for nudity. Our security guards patrol the club to make sure that there is no nudity. At minimum, ladies should wear electrical tape over their nipples and guys should cover up their junk.

What if I don't want to dress up?

You won't get in. Even if you purchased a ticket in advance, you still have to dress the part to get in the door. Our dress code police at the door will send you home to try again.

Can't I just slide them $100 at the door and just get in without having to dress up?

Absolutely not. Heavy-handed techniques like this may work on South Beach, but at our parties, you will never get into the door by trying to bribe the dress code person. They will be very offended, you will feel like an ass, and they will ask you to leave.

Party Galleries

How do I view the party galleries?

You can view a few photos before you have to log in. Members who are logged in have full access to the party galleries. If you are not a member, you may register a profile for free.

Do I have to click "next" on every photo?

We have created slideshow technology that shows you the entire gallery so you can kick back with a drink in your hand instead of a keyboard and mouse while you check out the pics. Slideshows also have larger image sizes with better detail than the images in our regular galleries. This tremendous functionality is available only to platinum members and is a big perk to paid membership!

How do I get my photo taken at a party?

Authorized photographers wear photo passes at the parties. Go up to any photographer and let them know that you would like to have your picture taken. They will be happy to take your photo.

What if I don't want my picture taken at a party?

That's no problem. Just put your hand up to say "stop" and our photographers will be sure to not take your picture. If they have already taken your photo, simply ask them to delete the photo and they will be happy to do so.

My photo is up on the party gallery and I would like it deleted. What do I do?

Right-click on the photo(s) and select "properties". Copy the URL of the file(s) and paste this URL in an email to Glenn at glenn@fetishfactory.com with a request to delete and a short explanation. We will be happy to remove your photo. You may also call Glenn at 954-563-5777.

Model & Photographer Galleries

Do you charge for access to model and photographer galleries?

No. All photographer & model gallery areas of the site are free, but you must be logged in to view them in full. Model and photographer galleries will always be free for registered members with completed profiles.

I am a fetish model or photographer and would like to have a gallery on Alter Ego. What do I do?

We do not pay or charge for our showcase galleries. They are hosted for free on our site with links to drive traffic to the site of your choice. We also will send a notification to our 30,000+ strong list to let our fetish friends know about your contribution to our site. Before sending us any photos, take a look at the existing galleries and have a look at what we expect from models as far as content.

We are looking for at 25-30 photos from different shoots to show the variety and diversity of your portfolio, preferably fetish by nature. We would also like a short bio and a link to your primary website. Please feel free to email questions and samples of your work to glenn@fetishfactory.com.

We also require that you add a text and/or banner link back to some of our websites and we in turn will add a reciprocal link for your website which can be accessed from our family of websites. Please add a text and or banner link to our websites. If you plan to add banner links, please email glenn@fetishfactory.com for our banners.

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