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Swinger can refer to a person involved in a non-monogamous relationship in which both partners agree to engage in various sexual activities with other couples.

While similar activities have existed for centuries, swinging has only recently emerged as a functional couples’ lifestyle, which is usually attributed to the late 20th century liberation social movements, coupled with the introduction of the contraceptive pill and growing awareness concerning safe sex practices.

In modern times, swinging is viewed as a recreational activity, which can occur at private parties, clubs or other gatherings.

The term swingers conventionally applies to male-female couples that swap their usual partners for a woman or man of another couple. Since this lifestyle is viewed as progressive and closely linked to a liberated mentality, it is prevalent in the Western culture, notably in urban areas that are typically less conservatory of traditional values.

Couples who practice swinging claim that their trust in each other is strengthened and that they have eliminated the temptation to betray their partners. According to statistics evaluating members of various swinging clubs, couples who engage in swinging tend to be happier on average, and more fulfilled on a personal level than other traditional couples, although critics claim that an insufficient number of swinging couples has been analyzed and that their relationships may still deteriorate over time.

South Africa swingers that frequently use social media or internet forums to organize swingers’ parties insist that respect for the feelings of others, good manners and sincerity are of the utmost importance to their community.

Surprisingly, though for different reasons, exchanging sexual partners (notably wife exchange) is not an uncommon occurrence in other world cultures. In the French Congo, for example, it is part of an initiation ritual, while in New Guinea, this behavior carries a strong religious significance.

In the Western world, however, the term “wife swapping” is heavily criticized as androcentric, while swinging implies that both male and female partners are equally involved and able to enjoy the experience. Comparatively, in some South American Indian tribes, a pregnant woman is allowed to take on different sexual partners, who can become step-fathers to her child, should the child’s real father pass away.

You’ll find bloggers talking about swinging at sites like Stronger Marriage Blog and The Lilith Effect.

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