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Swinging defined

22nd January 2006

Swinging, sometimes referred to in North America as the swinging lifestyle or simply the lifestyle (although this simplified term is also used by people into Leather and BDSM), includes a wide range of sexual activities conducted between three or more people. Swinging activities can include having sex with a partner while being watched; watching others have sex (perhaps with the above mentioned partner); kissing, stroking, or having oral sex with a third or fourth person (called soft swinging); or having penetrative sex with someone other than one’s partner (Full Swap), which is the commonly understood definition of swinging.

Typically, swinging activities occur when a married (or otherwise committed) couple engages with a similar couple or a single individual. These acts may or may not occur in the same room. Sex on these occasions is often referred to as play. The phenomenon (or at least its wider discussion and practice) may be seen as part of the sexual revolution of recent decades.

Many people feel that swinging is cheating.  Swingers argue that since there are no secrets, swinging is not cheating.  Each person should know exactly what their partner is doing. Communication is said to be key because the couple has to talk honestly about trying swinging.

This article was compiled mostly from wikipedia by James Trotta. The author knows very little about swinging other than that is is becoming more talked about in American culture and swinging characters have been featured in mainstream popular culture (the very popular CSI for example).

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