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The Lifestyle (1999)

What sort of people engage in recreational group sex on a regular basis? David Schisgall's documentary The Lifestyle provides one answer: mostly cheerful, but paunchy, suburban couples who ... See full summary »

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What sort of people engage in recreational group sex on a regular basis? David Schisgall's documentary The Lifestyle provides one answer: mostly cheerful, but paunchy, suburban couples who have either slipped into middle age or are starting to advance past it. For the most part, they look like normal workaday folks, and could even be your neighbors. Schisgall interviews 20 members of "swinging" groups in Orange County, CA, and discovers most are happily married (often for decades), politically lean a bit right of center (several of his subjects once had careers in the military), and are personally unremarkable once you get past their "hobby." The Lifestyle also reveals why AIDS is all but unknown in "swing" circles and takes a trip to a "Lifestyles" convention where fun seekers from around the country get to know each other (in more ways than one). Written by lament

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$9,100, 19 March 2000, Limited Release

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$85,000, 16 July 2000
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7 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

OK to the poster, Obviously you are not in the lifestyle. What do you think people do at a swing club? there's a lot more goes on than humping like rabbits. Most lifestyle clubs are like any other night club you might attend in the front areas. dancing, drinking, flirting etc. People converse about many subjects, we talk about our jobs, or likes dislikes our spouses and just about anything else you can think of.

Not all lifestyle participants are "beautiful 20 something people". The looks and ages of people are as varied as they are in any vanilla club with the exception (maybe) of some girls naked, which i have also seen in vanilla clubs. What people find is there is someone for everyone. Any clubs we've attended aren't not a free for all screw fest. you better ask permission before you do anything with anyone and you better respect a couples limits and relationship, you don't play grab ass on the dance floor without having permission.

What you'll also find, at lifestyle clubs is a lot more respect for each other and people actually talk TO you not AT you. My wife can go off to the bathroom at the club we attend and I don't have to worry about her being grouped, grabbed or molested, I can't say the same for the vanilla clubs i've attended. People also respect your relationship. Most men at a lifestyle club won't approach my wife until he talks to me and the same applies to me and their wives.

I have not seen this film, I was looking for information on it before i bought it. But i couldn't help commenting on your misinterpretation of the lifestyle.

For the record, I am a conservative republican, I have a very good day job, and this is a part of my life that is foreplay for my wife and I>


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