A recent trip to take a schvitz at a health club with a clientele whose ages skew octogenarian led me to discover the horrific toll that time and steam can take on human genitals.
Apparently, I’m not alone in being slightly horrified at what my body will likely look like in 50 years. While the sex/swingers.html”>swinging lifestyle can be exciting, what with switching up sexual partners, you don’t always get to pick the ages of the people who show up to parties.
Enter Young Swingers Week®, the fourth iteration of which is set for July 23rd to 30th at the infamous Hedonism resort in Jamaica.
The idea for YSW is simple — while Hedonism is rocking year round with couples willing to mix it up, the demographics often lean towards the middle-aged, according to event organizer Brett (last name omitted — for obvious reasons). Not to be ageist, but having a May-December encounter isn’t necessarily appealing for everyone.
“There just has not been an event for young people,” said Brett. “Go on one of the cruises… the ratios are typically 80% older people, 20% younger people.”
Brett and his partner had gone to Hedonism a dozen times. Seeing less than 30 young people at a resort with a capacity of 500 people, he was hit with an idea: book some rooms and rent them out exclusively to young people. His initial goal of 40 rooms and 80 people quickly became 100 rooms and 200 people.
While the event seems like an idea way for a couple to lose their inhibitions for a week, for those are deep into the lifestyle, it’s more than that.
While social media and websites like AdultFriendFinder have made finding swinging partners easier, young people who graduated college into a notoriously crappy economy know the importance of in-person networking. Being a swinger isn’t all that different — getting a bead on couples who share your sexual tastes is like finding a job lead. Turns out, YSW is great for making those connections.
“You go to Sandals [Resorts], people are sitting around reading Kindles and magazines and books,” said Brett. “This, everyone is in the pool, talking all day, nude, taking shots together, doing all the events together, making plans to go visit each other when they get back to the States.”
Not every swinger is the same. While an experienced couple might be down for full-on penetrative sex with other people right away, others might have a different comfort level. To avoid wires getting crossed, Brett instituted a system wherein each guest wears a colored nametag necklace.
Red means “full swap situational. Which means, right time, right place, right people. You don’t do everyone.” Green denotes someone who is either new, open-minded or down for soft-swap (i.e., no penetration, but down for oral or girl-on-girl kissing).
Guests are able to switch colors at any time, depending on their comfort level.
“It wouldn’t be good if someone went to something like this for the first time and then you get [a] full-swap swinger couple hitting on them hard from the get-go,” said Brett.
While the resort provides security, Brett said it’s never been needed… with one exception.
It turns out the only problem isn’t contained within the “swingers” portion of Young Swingers Week, but the “young” part.
Brett recalled an incident involving a mixed-age couple and a meet-and-greet game involving the women earning tickets from guys for favors like kisses or lap dances. At the end, the young woman in the couple had fistfuls of tickets from other men, while her older paramour still had all his tickets, having been offered no services from the women.
The man walked out screaming “Fuck young swingers” — which is kind of the point of the event.
While there is no set upper age limit, most people are under 45. It’s also restricted to couples or male-female-female trios (the extra woman in a room costs an additional $125 per night).
“We don’t have single guys,” said Brett. “The reason we don’t want single men is, while many can behave, we don’t know which ones can and can’t. It just causes too many dilemmas.”
Lest anyone who isn’t into swinging think that the connections between non-monogamous couples are less dedicated and loyal than your usual heterosexual pairing, some people have even used YSW as a means to formally recognize their love — even while banging other people.
“We’ve already had three weddings in a row and we’re going on our fourth wedding right now at our July event,” said Brett, adding that one of the host couples for the July edition not only got married at a previous YSW, but weren’t even swingers when they first came to one. “Everyone’s invited. [At a previous wedding] the bridesmaids wore matching lingerie and the guys wore Chippendales cuffs and collars.”
If that’s too formal for you, it should be noted everyone but the wedding party was naked at the last set of nuptials.
If you and your significant other are interested in switching things up, package prices range from $187 per person, per night to $387 for the nude jacuzzi suite.
If that’s too pricy for you, remember: there’s always the view in the schvitz at your local health club.
You can check it out at www.youngswingersweek.com (NSFW).