Rachel Ray's husband, John Cusimo was allegedly spotted in a swingers club in Manhattan both prior to and after his marriage to Ray. What exactly is a swingers club? Why are they significant? Do people still frequent them?
A swinger is a person who is in a committed relationship, and seeks to have intimate encounters with people outside of the relationship. The person is not interested in monogamy, or only having sex with one person. Often, this is a lifestyle choice for couples, and seeking out other couples. In the 70s they had the so-called key parties, which was almost an adult version of spin the bottle, as shown in "That 70s Show," the comedy set in the 1970s.
A swinger's club is where like-minded individuals can go, hang out and possibly hookup with other singles or couples. The clubs are invite only, or patrons have to pay a membership. They may even offer a special to draw more women into the club.
This doesn't necessarily mean it's a sexual free-for-all when you walk into the establishment. Each has different code of conduct, and rules to be followed, including about membership and alcohol policy. Of course this lifestyle doesn't exclude practicing safer sex. being a swinger does not exclude practicing safer sex, or cheating on your partner.
To learn a little bit more about the history of swingers, watch the video above.
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