About Swinging and the Swinging Lifestyle

Swinging, (a.k.a. The Swinging Lifestyle) is multi-partner sexual activity which is experienced as a couple.  Swinging can be seen as part of the sexual revolution of recent decades.  Swinging has been called wife swapping in the past.  This term, however, does not accurately describe the full range of sexual activities in which swingers may take part.  So what are the numbers?  According to estimates, approximately four million people are swingers in the United States alone.

Swinging activities typically include the following:

Exhibitionism: having sex with a partner while being watched.
Voyeurism: watching others have sex.
Soft Swinging or Soft Swap: kissing, stroking, or having oral sex with a third or fourth person. Soft swap may be in the form of a threesome, group sex, or the literal swapping of partners.
Full Swap: having penetrative sex with someone other than one's partner. Although this is the commonly understood definition of swinging, it is not necessarily the most common type.
Group Sex: An all-inclusive term for activities involving multiple partners in the same vicinity.

Certain swinging activities are highly organized. Most major cities have at least one swingers' club in a permanent location.  Swingers also meet through lifestyle magazines, personal ads, swinging house parties, and Internet sites.

Although the term "club" may refer to a group that organizes lifestyle-related events in a particular area, it can also refer to a physical location or building. In this latter context, clubs are typically divided into on-premises clubs, where sexual activity may occur at the club itself, and off-premises clubs, where sexual activity is not allowed at the club, but may be arranged at a nearby location.

Many off-premises swinging clubs follow a bar or nightclub format, sometimes renting an entire existing bar for scheduled events. On-premises clubs usually have a similar format as off-premises clubs. A notable exception is that most on-premises clubs do not serve alcohol, asking participants instead to bring their own, thus avoiding issues from restrictive laws regarding sexual activity and the sale of alcoholic beverages. Concordantly, the vast majority of swinging clubs in the US do not advertise as such due to the strict moral climate there.

A large amount of swinging activity is organized via the Internet (hence the need for this website) on various sites with personals, listings, and local information. For many couples, the swinging lifestyle and the clubs can be as much a social venue as a sexual one. Like many sexual subcultures, a strong community atmosphere exists, fostered in part by the greater communication enabled by the Internet.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first outbreak. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years.

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