Air Date: Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Time Slot: 10:01 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#O104) "THE OUTSIDERS"
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From animal and religious extremists to polygamists and the Amish, an ABC News special series examines people who live by their own rules and in their own worlds �- worlds that the average person may find unimaginable. This week �Primetime: The Outsiders� takes viewers behind closed doors to try and understand bizarre living arrangements and unusual lives. �Primetime: The Outsiders� airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

�Strange Arrangements� -- How do some couples keep their marriages from becoming desperate? John Stossel reports on millions of American couples who participate in the lifestyle known as swinging, in which couples have sex with other couples and it's all out in the open. �They see it as consensual co-marital sex and something that they�re doing in order to spice up their own relationships,� says journalist Terry Gould, who spent three years researching the lifestyle and the people in it and wrote a book on it. Swingers whom �Primetime� spoke with said their marriages are stronger because they do not have affairs and do not lie to each other.

Then: What would make a mother of three small children take off her clothes in front of complete strangers? Plain and simple: the money. For the thousands of women who strip for a living in cities across America, it�s a job that has the potential of paying a lot of cash. �Primetime� goes behind the scenes of the provocative world of stripping, an ever-growing multi-billion dollar industry, for a rare look at what makes some of these strippers tick. �Primetime� is allowed access to three of the country�s leading strip clubs in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Houston to see first hand the life of stripping and the mostly men they entertain. Elizabeth Vargas reports.

And: Who are asexuals � people living sexless lives, not to deny themselves pleasure but because they say they simply have no libido? As JuJu Chang reports, they come from all walks of life, and as one study suggests, 1% of us might just be an asexual. Some people even say there is a new asexuality �movement.� But it is a movement that is sparking debate, since there has not been a lot of research on the topic and the scientific community does not recognize it as a sexual orientation. �Primetime� gathers a group of asexuals to learn why they have no attraction to men or women, and also talks to a certified sex therapist who says asexuals just need a little help.

Also: Every year hundreds of thousands of cousins marry each other in the United States. Worldwide it�s even more common, and in some Middle Eastern countries almost half of all marriages involve cousins. So who are these couples? John Stossel talks to two married cousin couples to find out why they fell for each other and how their families and friends reacted. The report also looks at why the assumption that married cousins will have kids with birth defects may be unfounded, according to a study funded by the National Society of Genetic Counselors

David Sloan is the executive producer of �Primetime: The Outsiders.�

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