Hookup public sex
What does the image of two men having sex in public evoke for you compared to two women, or a man and a woman?When you think about the types of people who have sex in public, what age do you imagine them to be? How does all of that impact whether you feel repulsed, indifferent or turned on?In Vondelpark, in Amsterdam, public sex is legal, but there are bylaws that say you can’t litter, and you have to limit the sex to evenings and nighttime and stay away from the playground.It’s not delegating a certain area of the park to sex; it’s much more informal than that.During Project Marie, named for the park involved, plainclothes male officers hung out near known cruising spots and waited for men to solicit them for sex.The operation led to 89 charges against 72 men; just one charge was criminal.That was about protecting all members of the community, and in particular queer men who were being targeted.That looks quite different than community members complaining about queer men being in public space and demanding action against them.
How can urban planning help protect, say, men who have sex with men?
In the case of Project Marie, let’s say it had been teenagers who were having sex in the park. I don’t think parents would have felt that the investigation had been justified, and that in itself is telling.
In one radio interview you did, a journalist mentioned a hypothetical park that includes a separate section designated as a space for public sex. That wasn’t something I suggested, though I think it’s an interesting idea.
My personal opinion on public sex is that it provides little to no risk to public safety. In fact, more often than not, public sex is conducted in the most private areas of public spaces.
My biggest concern with public sex is littering, which is also my biggest concern with most other park-related activities. Should we assume that cruising will always happen despite the availability of hookup apps?