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Troilism is the act of two people performing intercourse while a third watches. A common example is a husband watching his wife have intercourse with another man. This scenario is part of the swinger lifestyle, and varies depending on the participants. Swinging, sometimes referred to in North America as the swinging lifestyle, is non-monogamous sexual activity, treated much like any other social activity, that can be experienced as a couple. ...


Two of the parties are related, such as a married couple. The third party comes from outside the relationship, and can even be a stranger to the couple. Although the couple is usually separated, it is possible for the third party to be the observer.


Like many parts of the swinger lifestyle, there are no set rules for performing troilism. Sometimes the observer pleasures himself, other times he waits for delayed gratification; sometimes he watches from a few feet away, other times he watches in another room through a video camera. Illegal troilisms involve hiring a prostitute for the act, prostituting one member of the couple, one member of the sex act not knowing a third party is watching, and rape or forced participation of any combination of the parties. These illegal acts can often be role-playing scenarios. Sexual roleplaying is the sexual behavior of playing some kind of character during a sexual encounter, in order to evoke a sexual fantasy in oneself and/or ones partner. ...

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Origins

Troilism was first coined in the 1941 edition of Dorland’s Medical Dictionary where it was classified as a paraphilia. It was not clear why this scientific name was chosen. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


A simple examination of the word obviously indicates the French word trois (three). A similar French term, ménage à trois (household of three) was coined in the late 19th century. Although both terms involve three people, ménage à trois implies a romantic link between all three, which is quite different than troilistic scenarios. Look up ménage à trois in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


A more interesting origin was noted in Take Our Word For It, [1] a webzine published by the non-profit Institute for Etymological Research and Education. It was theorized that troilism actually comes from Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. In it, Ulysses forces Troilus to watch his lover, Cressida, with another man. Troilus promptly dismisses his former love as a whore. (Prostitution or “acting like a whore” is a common aspect of many acts of troilism.) Although this explanation is quite interesting, the French root is probably correct. William Shakespeare—born April 1564; baptised April 26, 1564; died April 23, 1616 (O.S.), May 3, 1616 (N.S.)—has a reputation as the greatest of all writers in English. ... The History of Troilus and Cressida is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1602, shortly after the completion of Hamlet. ... The name Ulysses can mean: The Roman equivalent of Odysseus A 1922 novel by James Joyce: Ulysses (novel) A 1967 movie based on the novel, Ulysses (movie) A solar probe: Ulysses (spacecraft) A poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson A anime television program produced by DiC Entertainment: Ulysses 31 An indie... Troilus is a character in medieval and Renaissance versions of the legend of the Trojan War. ... Cressida is a character who appears in many Medieval and Renaissance retellings of the story of the Trojan War. ...


Pop Culture References

  • American television program How I Met Your Mother. In episode 2x07 ("Crazy Eyes" AKA "Swarley"), Barney recounts a story of dating a girl with "crazy eyes." On their date, she suggests they have a "threesome" with her teddybear, Mr. Weasels. When asked if he went through with it, he adamantly denied it, explaining that they had a "twosome with the third one watching from a chair."

How I Met Your Mother is an Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom that premiered on September 19, 2005. ... A ménage à trois (also sometimes known as a trio, threesome, or three-way) is a sexual relationship involving three people. ... A plushophile is a person who has a paraphilia for large soft furry toys, or plushies. ...

See Also

Look up ménage à trois in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A ménage à trois (also sometimes known as a trio, threesome, or three-way) is a sexual relationship involving three people. ... Swinging, sometimes referred to in North America as the swinging lifestyle, is non-monogamous sexual activity, treated much like any other social activity, that can be experienced as a couple. ... Voyeurism is a practice in which an individual derives sexual pleasure from observing other people. ... Sexual roleplaying is the sexual behavior of playing some kind of character during a sexual encounter, in order to evoke a sexual fantasy in oneself and/or ones partner. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Issue 93. TIERE (17 July 2000).

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