Public Sex/Gay Space

Public Sex/Gay Space

Public Sex/Gay Space

Public Sex/Gay Space

Synopsis

Male homosexual activity in public and semipublic locations is a central dimension of gay culture around the world. While never denying the danger of anonymous public sex in the age of AIDS, this book aims to go beyond moralisms about the need to regulate unsafe sexual practices, to discuss the significance of sex in public.

Excerpt

Public Sex/Gay Space is the product of several years of discussion about the relationships between public location, sexual practices, and male-centered, same-sex identities and desires. Many of the participants in this discussion have submitted papers for this collection. Other participants chose not to be represented here, but their influence resonates throughout the collection in powerful ways. Ralph Bolton and Gilbert Herdt have been particularly important in that regard. Both of them have done much to champion the need for detailed, descriptive studies of sexual practices and sexual cultures, goals that this collection also seeks to address.

My thanks to Columbia University Press for supporting this project at a time when other presses were much less eager to be associated with its content. Particular thanks go to Ann Miller, senior executive editor at cup, for the support she has given to this project throughout its development, and to Alexander Thorp (Ann’s assistant), Joan McQuary, and Brady McNamara for valuable services during production.

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