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Swingers Trial Could Be Victory For Sexual Freedom in China

The Dangers of Spouse Swapping in China

Swinging parties, or the more patronizing "wife-swapping" parties, may sound like a throwback to the '70s in the US, but in China they are illegal. In fact in the '70s, it was so illegal that punishments of death and life imprisonment were doled out without public outrage.

Now 14 men and women, between 27 and 53, face up to five years in jail for attending at least one of 18 spouse-swapping events. They found each other through a website, which was not initially for swinging but complaining about marriage. Over time they started meeting, and well, you know, it's not long before the car keys are in your best bowl!

If the people are found not guilty or walk away with a slap on the wrist, it could be considered a major victory for sexual freedom in China. Li Yinhe, an expert on attitudes toward sex at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, says it's a different country thanks to evolving attitudes and, of course, the Internet. Hundreds of websites exist for spouse swapping and group sex. It's become so easy to set up spouse swaps that a law on it is practically senseless.


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tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I've done it a couple of times and I don't see the BFD. It's a private thing between consenting adults. I don't know see why the government needs to get all up in people's sex lives if they aren't hurting anyone.
Miss-Infamous Miss-Infamous 7 years
I would go to a swingers party but to watch not to participate! lol (just being honest)
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Not my thing either but when me and my husband were on a cruise we met a couple that was into this. They tried to convert the whole dinner table into swingers. China really does not sound like a fun country to live in.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i could NEVER do this...but i'm curious to hear other people's stories about it, if anyone has any...i've never heard about it or anything where i live...oh Canada maybe we're just naive ;)
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