New technology has made locating people and parties a lot easier.Webcams and video chat have paved the way for different forms of play (yes, cyber swinging is now a thing).Female bisexuality is encouraged, while spikes in same-sex activity among men remain unexpected, and unusual.But that might not be the case for much longer, because according to the group of insiders and experts we spoke with, the lifestyle may be opening up to same sex exploration for men, too.Today, it is estimated that there are as many as 15 million Americans swinging on a regular basis, though most now refer to the scene as “the lifestyle” and those participating in it as “lifestylers.” Sex researcher Katherine Frank defines the modern swinging lifestyle as a “system of erotic relations and a cultural experience as a way of theorizing beyond identity and the binary oppositions of homo/hetero or straight/queer that often underlie discussions of sexual desire, practice and homophobia.” If an open attitude toward a multi-partnered approach to sexual expression constitutes being “sexually free,” then lifestylers would appear to fall into the top tier.Still, no lifestyle, even "the lifestyle," is immune to the social environment in which it functions.
But perhaps the most fundamental changes stem from the new sexual landscape people have been carving out over the past few decades.
Same-sex encounters at the swing club aren’t necessarily about romance or intimacy.
Often times, it comes down to a raw sexual act, and knowing you have permission to pursue it.
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