Swingers: Inside the Secret World of Provocative Parties and Couples Who ‘Swap’

Swingers: Inside the Secret World of Provocative Parties and Couples Who ‘Swap’

? — Swingers, like polyester leisure suits, seemed to have their heyday in the ’70s. But couples who openly swap partners for a night of passionate sex with strangers, are becoming a growing trend in a sort of new sexual relationship revolution — and those who swing say the rest of us monogamists are missing out.

“Nightline” went inside the top secret world of swingers — as guests, not participants — to a highly provocative masquerade party at a hotel in New York City hosted by a group called Behind Closed Doors.

Behind Closed Doors selects its members based on attractiveness and age. The younger the better, and not everyone makes the cut.

The couples said they don’t find anything wrong with monogamy, but they were looking for something more exciting and raw.

“Our best sex is with each other,” said Sara of Eatontown, N.J., who was at the party with her boyfriend Michael. “We have pretty amazing sex at home when we’re alone. When we come here it’s a physical attraction, not an emotional attraction.”

Michael, a 28-year-old construction worker, and Sara, 24, who works in a doctor’s office, have been in a committed relationship for more than a year but they do “full swaps,” complete with intercourse, but they refuse to kiss strangers.

“Sex is more of a primal, more of an urge-based,” Michael said. “The kissing is more intimate so we like to keep that for us.”

National surveys suggest as many as 60 percent of marriages involve cheating. One study conducted by the University of Washington Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors showed that in the last two decades, the number of unfaithful wives under the age of 30 increased by 20 percent and number of unfaithful husbands under 30 increased by 45 percent. …