A common question by curious couples is why is swinging not cheating? If you are having sex with someone outside of your relationship, it must be cheating, right? When a person cheats, it is less about the actual sex act and more about broken trust and deceiving their partner. The cheater is lying, and sometimes they even enjoy the excitement of doing things behind their partner’s back.
On the other hand, swinging is about working together to expand your shared sexual horizons. There are no lies or broken trust. As a matter of fact, swinging generally requires couples to communicate with each other even more honestly.
What is cheating?
If you have to do something behind your partner’s back, like deleting texts, hiding your actions, or even sneaking out of the house to see someone, this is probably considered cheating. You don’t even need to have sex with other people to be cheating. You can be emotionally cheating on your partner but intimately sharing and confiding in another person and breaking your partner’s trust.
We aren’t here to tell you how to live your life. Each couple has its own definition of what cheating is to them. This can range from physical contact (kissing or even holding hands) to sexting to being emotionally attached to a different person. Living by the rules and definitions that work for you and your partner would be best.
The critical aspect of this is finding common ground within your relationship to clarify what cheating is and is not. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this. This solely depends on how you feel individually and as a couple.
Thinking about swinging
It’s great that you are thinking about swinging, which is the first step towards being in this lifestyle.
When you swing, it’s like you have created an alternative and safe place that can co-exist outside of your vanilla day-to-day life, but you have also created a place where you can discuss how you feel without feeling like people are looking down on you or laughing at you.
Swinging can also be seen as the place and moment where you can have a reserved area where you can exercise your and your partner’s desires, either together or separately but in the same location.
There should be no secrets when you are swinging. There are no “sneaking behind the back” type of situations when you swing because swingers don’t want to be involved in any situation like that. Swinging couples don’t want any drama or deceit. No lies are flying around either, or at least there shouldn’t be.
When you swing, you are also openly engaging in sexual activities with couples who are not your partner. And when you are doing this, your partner is giving you their consent.
Swinging is an activity where couples enjoy themselves together and not an activity where you go behind your partner’s back. However, swinging is not for everyone. As a matter of fact, swinging is for those who are comfortable enough and have already built a great loving, trusting & supportive relationship between themselves.
Couples who have been swinging for a long time will often share how swinging has helped them become closer. They are more attached now that they are swingers than ever before, as the lifestyle encourages strong & open teamwork.
Life Isn’t Perfect, Including Swinging Lifestyle
Of course, some swingers cheat. We are all humans & we all make mistakes. If a person likes to cheat, they will do it. It doesn’t matter if they are in an open relationship or not. Swinging won’t save a marriage, especially one with many severe flaws.
But swinging doesn’t mean that you are automatically cheating. It doesn’t make you a cheater because you and your partner have already spoken about your private rules and boundaries to have a good swinging experience.
Some tips for better swinging…
- Don’t act on your impulses.
It is easy to act impulsively with a new person and accidentally veer off-course. Validate your emotions, see how you feel, and acknowledge your intense desires. When in doubt, better to go slower and wait. There is no need to risk anything because you acted in the heat of the moment. You can always do more the next time. Waiting will let you reflect and talk about it with your own partner to avoid mistakes.
- Understand the differences between swinging and polyamory.
Talk to your partner and figure out what you both want. Swingers usually see sex with others as a recreational activity that happens to be fun and brings pleasure to the relationship. On the other hand, polyamory couples tend to see sexual relations as deeply rooted in the emotions they feel for each other. Talk to your partner, see how they feel, and consider whether you would like to have a swinging or polyamory relationship where you can develop the love you feel towards others.
- Swinging also means embracing your sexuality.
Once you start swinging, it would be good to become less judgmental and more in tune with your body and desires. Whether you like being with a type of person or not, swinging allows you to explore different options you probably didn’t have while you were in a monogamous relationship. You can explore what or who turns you on. Swinging allows you to explore these new areas of your sexuality without feeling guilty. Quite the opposite occurs as you are encouraged to find out what suits you and your partner most of the time.
Love Each Other First
If you are in a relationship where either of you has cheated before, you may want to reconsider joining the swinging community. Being able to confidently trust each other is very important and often the difference between successful and unsuccessful relationships (regardless of whether they are swingers or not).
To trust each other, you both need to be honest. You should share what you feel with each other, even if it might feel uncomfortable. Focusing on perfecting your relationship before thinking about swinging is wise. Address the flaws in your relationship before adding any extra stress to it. Swinging is not a good match for everyone. You want to make sure you have a happy relationship by being trustworthy and honest with each other so you can both enjoy your life experiences.