In it's origin the term Lifestyle referred to the open life of Hollywood's elite, rich, and famous. Hollywood was known for it's sexually open relationships and open sexuality. As the Lifestyle became more popular within society the term changed to reflect Swingers, those couples and individuals who dared to share each other sexually. In today's society, however, the boundaries again have changed, and now the Lifestyle defines not only Swingers, but those who enjoy Polyamory, Alternative, Open Non-Monogamous, BDSM, and other variations of sexual relationships.
A research study held in 2015 by the Kinsey Institute showed 37% of the American population are swingers or in some form of progressive relationship such as polyamory, open non monogamy, BDSM or some variation of. Swinging makes up 65% of that 37%. In the UK roughly 42% of the population swingers or in some form of progressive relationship such as polyamory, open non monogamy, BDSM or some variation of. Swinging seems to dominate the UK with 82% making of that 47%. Not surprisingly another study hints at 17% of the world's population going unreported or still in hiding in stricter areas.
Swinging, sometimes called wife swapping, husband swapping, or partner swapping, means sexual activity in which both singles and partners in a committed relationship engage in such activities with others as a recreational or social activity. People may choose a swinging lifestyle for a variety of reasons.
Many cite an increased quality and quantity of sex. Some people may engage in swinging to add variety into their otherwise conventional sex lives or out of curiosity. Some couples see swinging as a healthy outlet and means to strengthen their relationship.
Polyamory is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the informed consent of all partners involved. It has been described as "consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy".
People who identify as polyamorous believe in an open relationship with a conscious management of jealousy; they reject the view that sexual and relational exclusivity are necessary for deep, committed, long-term loving relationships.
Non monogamy (or non-monogamy) is an umbrella term for every practice or philosophy of non-dyadic, intimate relationship that does not strictly hew to the standards of monogamy, particularly that of having only one person with whom to exchange sex, love, and affection. In that sense, "non monogamy" may be as accurately applied to ethical infidelity and extramarital sex.
More specifically, "non monogamy" indicates forms of interpersonal relationship, intentionally undertaken, in which demands for exclusivity (of sexual interaction or emotional connection, for example) are attenuated or eliminated, and individuals may form multiple and simultaneous sexual or romantic bonds among all sexual preferences . Some even or uneven mixture look like this: MFM, FMF, MMF, FFM, MFMF, MMMF, FFFM, FFMM, MMFF and so on and etc...
BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or role playing involving bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, and other related interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent upon self-identification and shared experience.
B&D- Bondage and Discipline Dom/Top- Partner who controls activity
D&S- Dominance and Submission Sub/Bottom- Partner who receives control
S&M- Sadism and Masochism Switch- Partner who switches roles
Activities and relationships within a BDSM context are often characterized by the participants taking on complementary, but unequal roles; thus, the idea of informed consent of both the partners is essential. The terms "submissive" and "dominant" are often used to distinguish these roles: the dominant partner ("dom") takes psychological control over the submissive ("sub"). The terms "top" and "bottom" are also used: the top is the instigator of an action while the bottom is the receiver of the action. The two sets of terms are subtly different: for example, someone may choose to act as bottom to another person, for example, by being whipped, purely recreationally, without any implication of being psychologically dominated by them, or a submissive may be ordered to massage their dominant partner. Despite the bottom performing the action and the top receiving they have not necessarily switched roles.