Description[ edit ] John Stossel produced an investigative news report into the swinging lifestyle. Stossel's report in cited Terry Gould 's research, which concluded that "couples swing in order to not cheat on their partners".
When Stossel asked swinging couples whether they worry their spouse will "find they like someone else better," one male replied, "People in the swinging community swing for a reason. They don't swing to go out and find a new wife;" a woman asserted, "It makes women more confident — that they are the ones in charge. According to Stossel, "not one of them said don't do it," though some said "getting sexual thrills outside of marriage can threaten a marriage". Nevertheless, swingers whom Stossel interviewed claimed "their marriages are stronger because they don't have affairs and they don't lie to each other.
Different clubs offer varied facilities and atmospheres, and often hold "theme" nights. One study, based on an Internet questionnaire addressed to visitors of swinger-related sites, found swingers are happier in their relationships than the norm. Swingers rate themselves happier "very happy": This study, which only polled self-identified swingers, is of limited use to a broader application to the rest of society external validity owing to self-selected sampling. Some swingers cite divorce data in the US, claiming the lack of quality of sex and spousal infidelity are significant factors in divorce.
Sexually transmitted infections[ edit ] Swingers are exposed to the same types of risks as people who engage in casual sex , with the main concerns being the risk of pregnancy and of contracting a sexually transmitted infection STI. Some swingers engage in unprotected sex , a practice known as barebacking , while others follow safe sex practices and will not engage with others who do not also practice safe sex.
In addition, according to the conclusions of the report, the STI rates of swingers were in fact nearly identical to those of non-swinging straight couples, and concluded that the safest demographic for STI infection were female prostitutes. Solutions include a tubal ligation female sterilization , vasectomy male sterilization , or having a group entirely made of menopausal women. Other solutions include using condoms or the pill. Proper use of a condom with an effective birth control method minimises the risk of pregnancy and transmission of STIs.
The modern concept of "swinging" is a recent Western phenomenon with no counterpart or meaning in many other cultures and civilizations in history in which monogamous relationships was the norm or which had religious or social prohibitions against such sexual practices. A formal arrangement was signed by John Dee , his wife Lynae, his scryer , Edward Kelley and Kelley's wife Joanna on 22 April , whereby conjugal relations would be shared between the men and their spouses.
This arrangement arose following seances which apparently resulted in spirits guiding Dee and Kelley towards this course of action. The arrangement ended badly and destroyed Dee's working relationship with Kelley. In The Communist Manifesto , Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels suggest that this allegation is an example of hypocrisy and psychological projection by " bourgeois " critics of communism, who "not content with having wives and daughters of their proletarians at their disposal, not to speak of common prostitutes, take the greatest pleasure in seducing each other's wives.
By the time the Korean War ended, swinging had spread from the military to the suburbs. The media dubbed the phenomenon wife-swapping. At the end of the evening the female partners randomly select keys from the bowl and leave with that key's owner.
According to economic studies on swinging,  the information and communications technology revolution, together with improvements in medicine, has been effective in reducing some of the costs of swinging and hence in increasing the number of swingers.
Swinging activities had another surge in interest and participation in the late s due to the rise of the Internet. Religious and moral objections[ edit ] See also: Religion and sexuality , Sexual norm , and Casual sex Some people object to swinging on moral or philosophical grounds. Most religious communities and moralists regard swinging as adultery , not withstanding that it is with the knowledge, consent or encouragement of one spouse to the other.
Some argue that strict monogamy is the ideal form for marital relationships and that sexual relations should only take place between marriage partners or, perhaps, between partners in a committed monogamous relationship. He says that anthropologists have characterised it as "anticipatory levirate " — that is, in anticipation of a future levirate marriage - of the wife to her brother-in-law. The husband, who abstained while his wife lived with the other man, would then be socially considered the father of the child.
After the arrival of Islam this practice was forbidden and was considered a form of adultery. This trading of sexual favours These are popularly called Towel Religion agama handuk and the Simpson Religion agama simpson. Because I have been dead I am going to institute the papisj, wife exchange. Several motivations for temporary spouse-trading among the Inuit have been suggested: When hunters were away, they would often stumble into the tribal lands of other tribes, and be subject to death for the offense.
But, when they could show a "relationship" by virtue of a man, father or grandfather who had sex with their wife, mother or other female relatives, the wandering hunter was then regarded as family. The Inuit had[ when? A man called another man "aipak", or "other me", if the man had sex with his wife. Thus, in their conception, this other man having sex with one's wife was just "another me". These additional lovers then take on the role of secondary or tertiary fathers to the child.
If the primary father should die, the other men then have a social obligation to support these children. Research has shown that children with such "extra" fathers have improved life outcomes, in this economically and resource-poor area of the jungle. Score is an American film by director Radley Metzger that explored bisexual swinging relationships, and was based on an off-Broadway stage play that featured Sylvester Stallone in a brief role.
Eating Raoul is a comic send-up of swinging stereotypes. Glen mentions that he and his wife, Dot, "are swingers. As in, to swing. The swinger overtones were very implicit. Mimi Rogers's character Sharon pursues an active swinging lifestyle with her 'partner', played by Patrick Bauchau.
Consenting Adults film The Blood Oranges , two western couples, one with children, come together in the fictional Mediterranean village of Ilyria.
The film was adapted from the novel by John Hawkes. The Ice Storm by director Ang Lee features a cheating husband, played by Kevin Kline, and his long suffering wife, played by Joan Allen, who attend a "key party" during a nasty ice storm. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas During a flash back scene explaining where babies come from, a tiny baby Grinch floats down from the sky and is stuck in a tree during a snowstorm.
In the window of the Who house he is stuck by he can see adult Whos picking keys out of a bowl for a "Key Party", a type of swinging activity. Zebra Lounge talks about swinging and its effects on the lives of a married couple with kids who seek some sexual adventures. The Lifestyle is an American documentary about swinging. Swingers is a Dutch film that tells the story of a thirty-something couple and their first experiments with the swinging lifestyle.
Mixed Doubles is an Indian film that follows the general plot of a middle-class Bombay husband persuading his wife to swing. Swing A Playboy TV reality show in which real couple practice sexual swinging to improve their sexual "lifestyle. In John Updike 's novel Rabbit Is Rich , Rabbit Angstrom and his wife engage in a wife-swapping session with another couple while they're all on holiday in the Caribbean.
Television In a episode of All in the Family , Edith befriends a couple played by Vincent Gardenia and Rue McLanahan whose names she finds in a "friendship" magazine and invites them over for coffee, not realizing that they are swingers expecting to swap spouses with her and Archie for the night.
In a episode of Martin , "Swing Thing" The Paynes are invited to attend a Christmas party, given by some influential people who may be able to help Martin in his career. But little does Martin realize that at the party, the guests are swapping more than Christmas gifts, and Martin may have both his hands full.
The episode "The Good Couple" of the series Yes, Dear featured two of the main characters, Greg and Kim, inadvertently becoming social with a swinging couple. The short-lived series Keen Eddie featured a character Monty Pippin who, along with a female friend, pretended to be married in order to gain access to a swingers' club for recreational sex. In a episode of American crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , " Swap Meet ", a woman is found dead in the fountain of a gated community after visiting a neighborhood swingers party.
In episode 4, season 2 of the BBC television programme Life on Mars featured the main characters infiltrating a swingers' club. In a episode[ which? In Journeyman , the eighth episode " Winterland " shows Dan Vasser traveling back to along with Livia and finding themselves in a swinging party. In the ITV series Benidorm , main characters Jacqueline and Donald are often seen reflecting on their sexual experiences much to the shock of their fellow guests, with their hobby beginning in the 60s and carrying on to the present day.
A episode of the series Criminal Minds featured an episode with a serial killer who met his victims in swing clubs and acted out because his wife got pregnant. A episode of the series Close to Home Episode 4 of season 1 features main prosecutor Annabeth Chase handling a case related to the swinging lifestyle craved by the murderer's husband.
A episode[ which? Swingers"  follows several Atlanta couples involved in the swinging lifestyle. In the 3rd season of Hard TV series , Sophie opens a swinger club under Roy's restaurant, as her own business venture, and gains much success.