Besides those living in the Netherlands and Belgium – whose governments advised single people to find a pandemic sex buddy – lockdown restrictions have been tough on anyone who wanted to have sex with someone from outside of their immediate household.
As the world opens back up, so too do spaces intended to facilitate sex between people from different households – such as, say, swingers clubs. In March, as Denmark started to ease its coronavirus restrictions, journalist Louise Fischer, 26, went to the reopening of one such club, Swingland, in Ishøj, near Copenhagen, and got fully immersed, conducting interviews while having sex with another guest.
Audio of the interview was posted to Twitter last week, and of course has since gone viral. At one point in the interview for Denmark’s Radio 4, Fischer asks a man what he sees, and he replies, “A gorgeous woman who has not tried being in a swingers club before.” The pair are also heard moaning as they have sex during the chat.
Fischer has since said it wasn’t “the best sex of her life”, but that she’d “maybe” give it another go, telling the German newspaper Bild, “The men in this club are very polite and very considerate. I felt like a goddess. They make you feel very special.”
The reporter explained that she spent several hours in the club, chatting at the bar over a glass of wine, before moving to a large bed. She said she hadn’t planned to have sex during the interview – and that she wasn’t pressured into doing so by her bosses or the guests - but that, for her, “it’s very natural”, and that it “relaxed the guests”, who had initially been hesitant to speak.
Tina Kragelund, Radio 4’s head of news, told the Danish website BT that the station supported Fischer’s interview, saying, “I feel like I just think it’s cool when the journalists try to make the stories in a different way.”
Other reactions to the piece vary: Fischer told Bild that her mum found the interview “funny” and her dad thought it was “really cool” – but some social media users were more critical, with Fischer saying, “Others think that I've crossed a line in journalism.”