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Sex clubs also known as swinger clubs or lifestyle clubs, are formal or informal groups that organize sex-related activities or establishments where patrons can engage in sex acts with other patrons. A sex club or swinger club differs from a brothel in that, while sex club patrons typically pay an annual membership and nightly entrance fee, they only have an opportunity to have consensual sex with other willing patrons, and not with sex workers employed by the establishment.
A similar type of club is a masturbation club in which members, either single-gender or mixed, masturbate together in public or private rooms. Sexual intercourse is generally prohibited in such clubs.
There is also a very large and growing group of private sex clubs across the U.S. and around the world that do not operate in a specified location. These organizations focus on private parties in homes or rented facilities and make use of the Internet to build their membership. There is usually a small door fee and most are invitation-only. In addition to sexual orientation, these smaller groups often stratify on specific criteria, e.g., heavy men with beards or those who are HIV-positive. The first sex club of this type exclusively for African American gay men was Black Jack, started in 1986 by Alan Bell.
One organization of such clubs is NASCA International, which lists affiliated and independent sex clubs, swing dances and events in the District of Columbia and 43 states, plus 38 clubs in Canada, and in 25 other nations.
Most sex clubs cater to the swinging lifestyle. Most major cities in North America and western Europe have sex clubs, many in a permanent location, but they often keep a low profile. Over 3,000 swinging clubs are listed on NASCA, with slightly over 1,000 having an online presence, but there are believed to be many other small neighborhood clubs, which are known among members of the lifestyle community, without a website. The rules of these clubs vary considerably, and admissions are not necessarily limited to married couples.
Most clubs are upscale and professional places that provide a safe place to meet other swingers. There are some differences however among clubs, and one should not confuse swinger clubs with social clubs, swinger groups or Meet-and-Greets. The easiest and simplest way to know the difference between swinger clubs and socials, groups or Meet-n-Greets is that swinger clubs are usually a brick and mortar physical locations where you meet other swingers. Socials, groups, and Meet-and-Greets may often meet in the same location but it is often either a residence or some space that they have secured to meet. However swinger clubs are typically permanent places that are specifically established for catering to swingers. It is estimated that there are over 3,000 swingers lifestyle clubs in North America.
One of the biggest differences among clubs is the distinction of "On-Premise" or "Off-Premise" swinger clubs. On-Premise swingers lifestyle clubs are ones that offers rooms or areas that permit couples to engage in sex either alone or with others. Off-Premise clubs are ones that allow for couples to meet and often dance or can socialize but have no areas or rooms where any sexual activity can occur. Larger establishments may include the facilities of an ordinary nightclub such as a bar and a dance floor. Each club sets the rules for activities which take place at club organised events. Some clubs organise events which cater to heterosexual couples or individuals, others to gay men or (rarely) lesbians, and others have no orientation policy. Some cater to non-conventional activities, such as gang bangs, BDSM or fetish.
Many swinger clubs will have a dozen or more rooms for sexual activity. The lifestyle clubs are also often decorated in themes with furniture to match. Rooms may be decorated like a tropical oasis to Arabian Nights to caves to rooms with mirrors everywhere. Most clubs will also have voyeur rooms that have windows where patrons can engage in sex and know that they are being watched by other patrons of the club. Some swinger clubs go as far as to have rotating beds in the voyeur rooms to continually change the view for those watching.
Most sex clubs in the U.S. and Canada do not serve alcohol because of local Blue Laws and legal requirements associated with a liquor license, but some allow customers to bring their own. Some sex clubs have formal membership and requirements that can include membership fees, showing proof of identity, attending a formal orientation, possibly providing STI test results or showing that one is part of a stable, long-term relationship and is attending with that partner (intended to minimize the number of single males or cheating husbands). Other clubs are open to any person willing to pay an admission fee.
Also, the vast majority of swinging clubs in the US do not advertise as such. The largest swinger society in North America is NASCA International. NASCA is an association of clubs, websites, publications, travel agencies, and events catering to the swinging lifestyle community. NASCA was established as an umbrella organization with the intent of encouraging the dissemination of accurate information about swinging lifestyles across North America. It publishes a guide listing clubs and events in 43 of the 50 US states and the District of Columbia, Canada, as well as 25 other nations.
Attitudes to same-sex activity and bisexuality vary by culture and locale, and by gender.
As a rule, female bisexuality and bicuriosity are common in swinging and tend to be the norm amongst participants; Similarly, the online swinger site Swinger Social Network demonstrates that their female membership approximates a 50% population of bisexual females. By contrast, male same-sex activity has a wider variation in its handling, and may be welcomed, accepted, frowned upon, or forbidden. One source, covering "Chicago's first and only all bisexual [club]" stated that in the founders' view "The lifestyle is pretty homophobic" and "male bisexuality was erased", although an "underground market" existed. Swing clubs and other facilities exist for gay and bisexual interests for both genders, but differ – for example bathhouses and the like for gay males, sometimes described as being "controversial" even in the gay community due to safer sex concerns, whereas women's clubs are "comparatively rare" and tend to be organized as private events, or niche clubs with high popularity for their events.
Most swingers' clubs do not bar entrance into their facilities based on race, national origin, physical appearance or age. The average swinger is married, professional, middle-class and in their 40's.
However, younger swingers seeking peer group options find this is not always possible at conventional swingers' clubs because of normal demographics. Similarly, those individuals who seek to specifically exclude others they personally view as unattractive are often disappointed at many swingers' clubs because the patrons are not screened to their standards. This desire by some has given rise to exclusive parties and clubs that exclude people based on looks and/or impose an upper age limit. Such clubs remain a minority.
'Selective swinging' events include mostly childless, unmarried young graduates whose average ages are as low as the late 20s. Selective parties are often derided by other swingers as "exclusive" or "elitist" and contrary to the open and accepting nature that they feel swinging should be about.
Thad's in San Diego is a sex club that requires male patrons to be nude while female patrons are permitted to wear clothing.
Tabu Social Club is a popular Lifestyle AKA Swinger Club located in Maryland. Tabu is one of the countries largest Lifestyle Clubs with over 16,000 members since opening in 2004. Tabu is a Couples and Single Female Private Club.
Wicked Club opened in the Queen Street West area of Toronto in 2006. It is a swingers club that has a prominent store front and is located in a rapidly changing area at the western edge of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
London Bi-swingers is an on-premise club started in 1997 and encourages single males. Limit of 40 couples and single bi-males. All clothes left at the door. Caters to both the straight and bi crowd.
Club 4play In Edmonton Alberta catering to single males on certain nights and couples. It has a smaller social type area on the first floor, while sexual activity takes place on the second floor. Upstairs includes a dungeon, two private rooms, a video room and a group room with "Goliath", four queen mattresses in one frame for group activities. Fetish and theme nights as well as gang bang nights.
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