They’ve developed a ritual before each performance, a way to quell anxiety. They clasp hands, lock eyes, and recite in unison, “I will not hurt myself, I will not hurt you, I will not hurt anyone else, and we are amazing,” then give each other a peck on the lips; they do it three times. “It helps us be conscious, and aware, and feel safe,” Lauren explains.
Reactions after FlucT’s performances are generally positive, and often intense. Many a teary-eyed woman has approach the pair to give thanks, and even to relate their own stories. “You can tell they’re having a very emotional experience,” Mirabile says. It’s a different experience for men, they’ve found, who “understand the power of our work, but tend to feel more ashamed.” Men might miss the point entirely, mistaking sexualized performance for sexiness, rather than a commentary on abuses of power. On numerous occasions, guys have approached them to compliment their bodies, or ask for their numbers.