Speaking with Swingers in Spain and France: Strategies from the Swinger World

Margaret J. Vaynman, Tuomas Harviainen

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which swingers negotiate their world in swinger settings in Spain and France. This includes previously ignored subgroups in swinger subculture, such as single swingers, intergenerational and intercultural couples as well as cuckold couples. Demographics differ slightly from previous studies, including 7 nationalities, suggesting a higher level of multiculturalism among swingers in cosmopolitan and touristic areas, such as the south of Spain and south of France. Drawing on ethnographic data collected in Andalusia, Spain, and Cap d´Agde, France, as well as qualitative interviews with 40 participants, we demonstrate the ways in which swingers negotiate their world. Strategies by swingers were used to avoid misunderstandings, create boundaries, claim agency, transgress, and deal with stigma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-147
Number of pages17
JournalSexuality & Culture
Volume27
Issue number1
Early online date6 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Sexuaity
  • Swinging
  • Non-monogamies

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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