The real history of the “swingers” phenomenon

The real history of the “swingers” phenomenon

Although history reveals that the sexual orgies are not in the least a modern-time “invention”, the “swingers” lifestyle was born further to a series of interesting happenings that are worth knowing, particularly by those who embrace its privileges.

In the beginning, the option of non-conventional couples for diversifying their intimate life by interaction with other similarly courageous pairs prone to sexual alternances was simply entitled: “wife exchanges” (because the great majority of “doers” were married people). In time, however, the need for a subtler denomination was felt, particularly given the fact that the “rotation” of spouses and wives has gained unexpected popularity and implicitly, it captured the mass-media’s attention, which in the 1950s (the period in which the ancient orgies have been reborn in this formula) were not very tolerant with the deviant behavior from the morality of the time. And thus, it has been agreed upon the term “swing” has become commonplace.

But how come “swing”?

Simple, ingenious and suggestive alike... from an American dance style (swing) which implied highly frenetic gestures in its fast performing, having as a limit the mere phantasy and the impetus of each and every dancer. Not least (and this probably mattered the most), the “freedom” of the exchange of partners, which the couples performed with highly spectacular movements all along the upbeat (rhythmic) melodies. In its turn (as a bizarre coincidence related to aviators... you will see later on why), the swing originates in a dance called Lindy Hop. On May 21-st, 1927, Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, bewildered the world with his first solo flight, from New York to Paris, above the Atlantic. All the newspapers would read “Lindy Hops the Atlantic”. One evening, right after Lindbergh’s flight to la Paris, at the Savoy Ballroom in New York, a very well-known African-American dancer of the time, called George Snowden (also nicknamed “Shorty George”), being asked by a reporter what was the name of the moves that the people on the dance floor made did nothing but read the “edge” of a newspaper left on a sideway bench, where it was written about Lindbergh’s flight (since he did not know himself how the “shaking and twisting” adored by youngsters could have been best defined), and answered shortly: “Lindy Hop”! Thus, the dance got the unique footprint, being consecrated in a New York that yielded for lust and crazy parties, and from here to its spreading all over the world, was but a mere step! A step that mankind made rapidly.

Coming back to the libertine and disinhibited lifestyle, one must say that this was born a little later, in the years of the Second World War, on the background of rather tragic circumstances, registered among the US Air Force pilots. These men were wealthy enough in order to bring their wives nearer the military camps where they were, while the fact that the rate of mortality was the highest among them (from all ranks of the army), has firstly lead to the appearance of terrible conventions mutually assumed for the particular cases in which they would die on duty, situation in which the surviving comrade-fellows, committed themselves to take care of the women widows for the rest of their lives.

Thereafter, once this fateful coming together (tacitly accepted by wives), together with the psychic pressure exercised by the imminent spectra of death that could have occurred any time during the frequent missions, has determined that the will to live the moment to the maximum intensity to substantially attenuate the percepts of monogamy, not few being the cases in which the parties organized in small circles abundantly spiced with alcohol, to end up in sexual orgies, meant to satisfy both the need for strong sensations of the pilots, and the premises of the “accommodation” with the potential future supporters of those who might lose their boyfriend the very next day.

The respective arrangements have persisted in the proximity of the Air Forces all along the Second World War and even during the armed conflict in Korea.

Later on, these groups have left the military camps and have managed to stir the interest of wide and varied circles within which they integrated themselves. The mass-media has grasped the ampleness of the phenomenon and in 1957 made it public. Many journalists then wrote inclusively about the appearance of so-called “key-clubs”, where the gentlemen would throw the home keys into a box place in the middle of the room, while the ladies picked one of these at random,.. thus becoming for a night the sexual partner of the arbitrary participant.

Things have slightly evolved ever since. If in the beginning, the eccentricity was closely connected to the idea of married couple (both in the US, and throughout the world), at present, by diminishing the importance of the conventional marriage, even single women or men and the non-married couples were accepted. Despite all this, according to statistics, the great majority of swingers prefer to take part in such experiments only in the company of “official couples”. And why is that so? In order to maintain a pretty efficient protective measure with regard to possible attachments subsequently not wanted (undesirable).