Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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We do It Our Way! The Swinging Paradigm: Evaluating a possible paradigm change in the emotionally monogamous relationships.
Edward Manuel Fernandes, Jessica Wood

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Date: 2015-09-25 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-07


There is a great diversity in the ways consensual non-exclusive relationships are conceived and carried out.  While each non-exclusive subculture contains inherent critiques of mainstream hetero-normative and mono-normative culture, these subcultures are quite diverse and often at odds with each other.  Individuals may identify with multiple non-exclusive subcultural identities, but may find themselves conflicted when community values and norms not only don’t align, but are disparaging or even hostile toward the other communities with which the individuals also identify.


In keeping with the theme of this Conference, panel participants will jointly examine areas of difference and similarity between the non-exclusive relationship subcultures under discussion.  Where areas of conflict are identified, we will collectively seek to identify and develop middle ground between these communities and explore opportunities to reduce conflict and foster understanding and mutual respect.


In order to demonstrate cultural competence, sexuality professionals themselves need to understand the differences and similarities between the various non-exclusive relationship cultures.  This knowledge will assist them in helping clients/students resolve internal conflicts about overlapping identities, and allow “best practices” and useful concepts to be shared across communities.


The presenters and participants will also seek to foster understanding and discover middle ground between sexuality professionals who may be working principally from within a mainstream mono-normative paradigm and their clients/students who embrace a non-exclusive relationship paradigm. The session will share the findings on the research on Swinging specifically, one of the non-exclusive communities.

Swinging is fast becoming part of mainstream society and the theoretical paradigms dealing with this population are still being explored.  This presentation focuses on the demographic and social understanding of swingers’ functional lifestyle. The findings of three studies are presented herein and the implication of such findings is discussed. The research topics are: Swingers' sexual and marital satisfaction; STI profiles, swinging protocols and sexual activities, and swinging satisfaction; self-determination and swinging satisfaction.

Study1: The marital and sexual satisfaction of a sample of 1,376 swingers was examined. Data showed that both men and women in the sample scored high on both the marital and sexual satisfaction scales. No statistical differences were found between the scores of men and women

Study 2: The prevalence and incidence of STI among a population of swingers were measured through a self-reporting protocol. Data were collected from 2,727 participants using a survey posted on fifteen swinger's dating sites. The study explored areas of sexual behaviour, safe sex practices, and STI history. The results showed that swingers had a lower incidence of STI than that of the general population.

Study 3: The relationship between positive feelings of individual well-being was measured by scores in the self-determination and swinging satisfaction. This study compared the scores of 3,242 swingers in the self-determination scale with scores in a swinging satisfaction scale. The results showed that individuals scoring higher on the self-determination scale also scored high on the swinging satisfaction scale.