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A Brief History of Group Sex

The trailer just came out for the upcoming Jason Sudeikis comedy A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy, and it got me thinking about the world of group sex. Even though I can't hear terms like key parties and swinging without thinking of an episode of CSI or Law and Order (what is it with sexual taboos and crime dramas?), it's far from a new idea — after all, even the ancient Greeks were doing it. So if you're curious about what the difference is between bacchanalia and bunga bunga, here's a brief breakdown of the history and types of group sex.

  • Orgion: An Orgion was a secret means of worship for mystery cults in ancient Greece that may have included group sex.
  • Bacchanalia: These were crazy, drunken festivals thrown by ancient Greeks to worship the wine god Bacchus (or Dionysus).
  • Bunga bunga: We have Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to thank for making these underwater sex parties famous.
  • Swinging: Swingers are committed couples who have group sex with other committed couples at swinging parties, sex clubs, and even at Swingstock — a Summer camp for swingers. There was a short-lived show about it called Swingtown.
  • Key parties: This was a popular type of swinging party in the '70s in which the men put their car or house keys in a bowl and the women would randomly grab keys to decide who they would go home with. It's been featured on TV shows like That '70s Show and Life on Mars.
  • Rainbow parties: These are a 2000s urban legend that made it all the way to The Oprah Winfrey Show. Allegedly, these teen parties require women to wear different colors of lipstick and give oral sex to the guys creating a rainbow on their penises.

What are your thoughts on group sex?

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