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Swing Low Sweet Harriet
Fragonard's The Swing, possibly the Trope Maker.
Or putting a grown woman (20s to 30s) on a swing and how that's cute and/or hot. Panty Shot optional, but certainly implied.

Even modern examples often imply the woman is reliving her childhood, a good 20 years ago.

As the trope's name comes from the slave spiritual song "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", this is not to be confused with Dirty Harriet, unless it occurs at some very weird strip club...

Also has very little to do with Trauma Swing.

Examples:

Art
  • Older Than Radio — and in fact seen as mildly naughty fanservice in the early modern era. Hint: Imagine how antiquated undergarments would work on a swing.
  • Kate Beaton's version of the picture, where there is no husband, the lady is engrossed in a book and her flying shoe bonks the voyeur on the head.

Film
  • The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, a 1955 film starring Joan Collins and Ray Milland about the Evelyn Nesbit case (see Real Life below).
  • Bell's wife Marty in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
  • A film called Girl on a Swing involves a statue of a Creepy Child on a swing, which is mysteriously connected to the male lead's Love Interest, who is also seen on a swing.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  • In The Saddest Music in the World, as America's entry in the competition, Narcissa sings "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" while sitting on an elaborately decorated swing.
  • Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing had Beatrice on a swing.
  • Unsexy variation in 10 Things I Hate About You: Patrick sits Kat down on the swings when she's drunk at the Wild Teen Party and tries to keep her from passing out. She ends up throwing up on him.
  • The first Bring It On movie has a scene where Torrance sits on a swing.
  • Fantasia has it in the Pastoral Symphony, when the cupids are matchmaking among the Centaurs.
  • Played entirely straight in the 1993 erotic drama Sirens.

Literature
  • The Sound and the Fury: The swing in the garden is the site of one of Caddy's first trysts with a boyfriend, and much later, her daughter Quentin also goes there with a boy.
  • Kristina, one of the heroines in Vilhelm Moberg's The Emigrants novels, is fond of swinging and continues to do it in secret even when she's an adult. She first met her husband, Karl Oskar, while recovering from a wounded knee after she fell out of a swing, and interprets it as a sign that God makes bad things happen only so good things can come out of them. The musical adaptation, Kristina från Duvemåla, opens with Kristina on her swing.
  • Subverted in Superwally: The Advanced Wally Manual by Paul Manning, which describes "Wallettes" as sitting on the swings in public playgrounds to gossip, and swearing at small children who want a go. Not cute or hot.

Live-Action TV
  • Pushing Daisies has it on the promo pictures.
  • Harry Enfield once did a parody of this trope. He made this Darker and Edgier film titled 'Poppet on a Swing' in one of his sketches.
  • There's an advert for a spa in the UK press with some lady in a low-cut one-piece swimsuit on a swing.
  • An old episode of The Wild Wild West, with the straitlaced Girl of the Week being hypnotized into this.
  • 313 in the 2009 version of The Prisoner, several times when she's brooding.
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Hollow Pursuits", Barclay's holographic version of Beverly Crusher sits in a swing wearing an enormous frock.
  • In the Bones episode The Girl with the Curl, Hodgins takes Angela swinging for their first date.
  • Played for laughs on Snuff Box, in a sketch where Matt Berry is a 19th Century gentleman trying to woo a lady ("Will you christen this swing I have errrrrrrrected?") When he finds out that she's already engaged, he throws her off the swing and calmly announces "Fuck you!"

Music Videos
  • Must have occurred in a Gwen Stefani video.
  • Catatonia, "Dead From the Waist Down".
  • TLC's "No Scrubs" video.
  • The John Anderson song Swinging:
    Little Charlotte she's a darlin'
    she's the apple of my eye
    and when I'm on the swing with her
    she makes me almost high
    Charlotte is my lover
    she has been since the spring
    I just can't believe it started
    On her front porch in a swing
    just a swingin'

Tabletop Games
  • The illustration for the Red Fox species in the Ironclaw rulebook has a female Red Fox in a scene very similar to The Swing.

Puppet Shows
  • One episode of The Muppet Show had special guest Theresa Brewer in a recreation of the Fragonard painting. She attempted to sing "Spinning Wheel" while being pushed by Sweetums.

Real Life

Theater
  • The first act of the dance musical "Contact" is based on The Swing painting. The Girl and The Servant have no problem making contact.
  • In Music in the Air, The Ingenue Sieglinde takes a ride on a swing at the zoo.

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