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Happy Swinging Paperback – August 1, 2003
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Paperback, August 1, 2003
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About the Author
Sue Gould has studied human behavior and writes articles about relationships. She wrote and starred in the Happy Swinging video. Her "Ask Sue" column can be found in several lifestyle publications as well as many websites. She has done many seminars for new couples in the lifestyle, as well as seminars about body image, interpersonal relationships, and communication skills. She also teaches Tantra and is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher. She owns Club Adventure, Inc., which operates in three locations: Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. She also owns and operates two successful annual conventions: Conclave and Chicago Adventure.
She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two adult daughters. Affectionately known as "Swing Mom", Sue dispenses her own brand of motherly advice. Having been involved in the Lifestyle for more than 20 years gives her a unique perspective. She is a lively, intelligent and opinionated author.
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Sue was known as the "Swing Mom" and the advice she gives in this book is just as down to earth as any good mom would ever give. Her advice is very real and honest, it's not the fluff that many books give you but the straight facts with good information thrown in. Despite over 20 years of experience in the lifestyle and running in her club she never comes off as pretentious or as if her way of swinging is the only way or the better way.
Each "chapter" is presented as a question (a letter to mom) and an answer, and she covers everything from questions about fitting in, self-esteem, performance issues, jealousy, alcohol, is swinging cheating?, bisexuality, age issues and many more in between. There were a few chapters on topics that I rarely see discussed and she discussed them in such a wonderful way.
I found Chapter 8 "Whatever Happened to Common Sense" to be especially good as it discussed our (swinger's) need to be discrete in vanilla settings, and just as non-swingers have no right to come into our swinger parties and get upset with what they see, we have no right to take our swinger ways and flaunt them in front of those who did not wish to be involved.
The last paragraph of Chapter 11 "For Better or Worse" is one of the best I've read on the concept of being open-minded and not judging people.
And Chapter 18 "Help! I'm not Perfect and I'm Scared!" addresses and issue that I rarely see addressed in a most honest way. The question of how do those with physical limitations (or even differences) progress in the lifestyle.
I would list this book as a MUST READ for any swinger or want to be swinger, new or experienced. This is by far the most honest and real book on swinging that I have read, no fluff and no trying to cover up the scars or skidmarks, just the truth.