Swinging, sometimes referred to as the swinging lifestyle, is "non-monogamous sexual activity, treated much like any other social activity, that can be experienced as a couple." The phenomenon (or at least its wider discussion and practice) of swinging may be seen as part of the sexual revolution of recent decades, which occurred after the upsurge in sexual activity made possible by the prevalence of safer sex practices during the same period. Swinging has been called wife swapping in the past, but this term has been criticized as androcentric and inaccurately describing the full range of sexual activities in which swingers may take part.
The history of the word "swinging" is that it was previously called wife swapping but "wife swappers" needed an easier name to describe the activity. As "wife swapping" gained popularity and media attention in the 1950's, the activity was changed to "swinging" and more recently "The Lifestyle"So by saying your a single swinger your saying you are a single wife swapper...which doesn't make a lot of sense.Swinging has its roots from U.S. Air Force fighter pilots during World War II. These men were wealthy enough to move their wives close to base, and the fact that their fatality rate was the highest of any branch of service led to an unusual social milieu in which non-monogamy between these pilots' wives and other pilots became acceptable. These arrangements persisted near Air Force bases throughout World War II and into the Korean War.By the time the Korean War ended, these groups had spread from the bases to the nearby suburbs. The media picked up on them in 1957 and promptly dubbed the phenomenon ``wife-swapping.''Supposedly there were also "key clubs" where husbands reportedly tossed their house keys into a pile in the center of the room where they were drawn at random by the wives. The owner of a selected key was the sexual partner for the evening.Swinging has always been about couples - Every national swing convention in the U.S., and as far as I know of in the world, is couples only. Today marriage is less important so non-married "couples" have been generally accepted but some swingers prefer only to participate with married couples.
A little known fact:Ben Franklin was known to be a nudist, while enjoying his sexuality by "swinging". In today's moral mud-slinging climate, this brilliant statesman would not be allowed to hold a political office. The moral majority today would have hung him out to dry, just as they did Gary Hart! Today, people are only considered worthy of public office if they can almost be considered for sainthood! In many cases it's just that they have been sneaky or secretive enough to keep their swinging natures from being known. (Adapted from "What Is The Swinging Lifestyle?" By Shirley Sez, S.&R. Productions)