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What is Swinging

Swinging is a lifestyle. Swinging is the act of having sexual activity with other people as a couple. However, single men and women also swing.

Wife swapping

Swinging has also been referred to as wife swapping. This comes from the myth (and truth) that couples would meet at a venue or home and put their keys into a pot. Each man would pull out a set of keys, and whoever they belonged to would stand up. That couple’s wife would then participate in consentual sexual activity with the man who chose the keys.

However, this misleading term has been replaced with the term swinging. It’s not just wives that are swapped! Swinging now takes place at clubs, holidays and parties.

History of swinging

Orgies have been happening since the Roman times. The Kama Sutra talks about sex with various partners in all sorts of positions. The term swinging only caught on during the mid to late 20th century.

According to The Lifestyle: A Look at the Erotic Rites of Swingers by Terry Gould, swinging as we know it occurred within the USA Air Force pilots and their wives during the Second World War. As many of the pilots wouldn’t come back, husbands would look after each of the wives as if they were their own. This involved sexual activity, also, whether the husbands were away or died in the war. However, there is speculation about the level of truth in this, as many wives would not have accompanied pilots on tour.

It is most certainly agreed that swinging occurred during the Korean War, in the 1950s, between American Military.

The peak of swinging in the UK, when it was known as wife swapping was most prevalent in the early to mid 1970s. There is now an etiquette to swinging with a number of do's and don'ts.

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