A Swedish researcher has studied the Swedish swinging community. He wanted to find out who they are, what they do, how many they are and how they practice safe sex. His study is based on general material on swinging which he has discussed with actual Swedish swingers to get their point of view.
The swingers explain that most people in Sweden in the beginning participates as just voyeurs. They watch the activities of others. Then they might start having sex in front of others before they actually begin having sex with other people. They also explain that voyeurism and exhibitionism in general is something that is a turn on for most swingers.
The Swedish swingers also explains that different people have different rules. Some only want to kiss, do petting or oral sex and some go all the way to penetrative sex. The rules can be different depending on with whom you have sex. In some cases it is agreed to have penetrative sex and in some cases not. The couples are very open about this and discuss it with potential partners.
Types of sex
Swingers perform swapping where they have sex with each other’s partners either in the same room or in different rooms. Many also participates in threesomes with two men and one woman or one woman and two men. Group sex is also common but is often between people who know each other already and who have been in the community for some time. Bi-sexual activities among women is also very common. They also highlights gangbanging as something that in particular some mature women like. A gangbang is an activity were one woman have sex with several men often 5-6 at a time. Some swinger clubs announces that tonight is a gangbang evening in order to attract people who like this.
They stress that everything is agreed upon between the participants. No one is forced to, or exposed to pressure in order to do things they don’t like. You don’t walk in to a swinger club and just have sex with whoever you like. People look at each other; they talk and flirt before they “go in to action”. In some club’s they even develop small signals that you use to tell someone whether you are interested or not. This is a very sophisticated process that involves a lot of communication.
In all swinger club’s they urge people to have safe sex and condoms is often available for free. Most swingers who have many different partners have high attention on safe sex. However, this is consenting adults and obviously, some swingers agrees not to practice safe sex. There are no research in Sweden that can tell us whether swingers have more or less STD’s than the general population.
Profile of Swedish swingers
Swingers in Sweden are what you would call middle class people with a predominance of people with a higher education. The biggest group are people from 35-40 with children, but you find people of all ages in the community. It is difficult to find data on how many swingers there are in Sweden. However, the number is growing and many new clubs have opened in the past 10 years. There a traditional clubs were you meet and have sex, and there are clubs that are more like networks of people without a fixed venue. Of course there are also different websites were people register with a profile and meet liked minded people.
The growth in the number of swingers in Sweden is probably linked to a very (and increasing) liberal view on sex In Sweden. Among high school student’s 24% of girls and 62% of boys say that they are interested in group sex. Most of them are also very open to the concept “friends with benefits”. This means that the more old-fashioned view where sex is closely linked to one partner is degraded and hence the swinging life style moves closer to the main stream.
Source:Jakob Axelsson: Swingers, en riskgrupp for HIV/STI?