Sex sells cult

Just like their prophet the Raelians enjoy it a lot

Just like their prophet, the Raelians like sex. A lot. But that’s not the only thing that keeps them in the cult.

The movement attracts a large number of social misfits who aren’t normally able to fit into a group. Rael acknowledged that during our two-week “awareness training” session at Maricourt, Que. in July.

“You have always been different than others since your childhood and you’ve been criticized for it,” he told a crowd. “Here, you’re like everyone else.”

Take Yvon, for example, a Raelian for two years. The 36-year-old salesman admitted candidly he doesn’t get along with his parents, doesn’t have a girlfriend, and has always had trouble making friends.

He came to the “awareness training” to escape solitude.


“I didn’t want to go on a car trip by myself on vacation in the United States,” said the Quebec City man. “Here, it’s easy to travel by yourself.”

A handful of men use the movement to dress as women or pick up men, far from prying eyes outside. We encountered a few at Maricourt.

Louis, a journalist with a Quebec daily, took advantage of movement meetings to be “Maryline,” dressed in super-tight jeans, a camisole with a plunging neckline and spaghetti straps, and a large bra.

Sex in abundance, in twos and threes, seems to attract and retain many in the movement.

A corner-store cashier in her early 20s, “Manon,” tried all sorts of movements before ending up in Raelian beds.

“For now, I’m only sleeping with Raelians,” said the young woman with multiple tattoos. “They’re very gentle. Very attentive.”

The Raelian, who is bisexual, was thrilled when Rael asked to see all of her tattoos in April.

“If I could provide the prophet with pleasure, I’ll do it anytime,” she said.


Married men also participate wholeheartedly. Bruno, 28, cheated happily on his non-Raelian partner during the entire session at Maricourt and says his wife knows about his philandering. “She told me: ‘You can do it, but that’s 10 days without sex,'” he explains very seriously.


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Oct. 9, 2003
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