, [the] amount of public attention to the vice.

*img c 1900-1915 anonymous, Drie mannen met hoeden in het Vondelpark in Amsterdam, Rijks

, finalement, sur la pier, . . . quelque chose là-bas, au fond, près de verrières cassés qui bordent le Hudson, quelque chose qu'il n'a pas voulu laisser regarder ? ...

, 1980 West End Infernalia / LGV
*img c 1980 The Piers (interior with man), NYC

But 'Steam' revealed in the glory of glory holes and beaches and tea rooms and back rooms and sex clubs like these were the ideal places for transcendence.

, 2020 TFD
*img 1995 SeXplorers; the guide to doing it on the road, STEAM ed.

The docks and waterfront structures marked the edges of Manhattan, yet for those who used to create sex or to create art, these spaces were boundless, their decayed and collapsing state inviting behaviors beyond the limits of public decorum and bourgeois morality.

, 2019 PG
*img c 1980 Piers (ass, docks & waterfront), NYC

Public sex on the waterfront not only violated codes of conduct; it cut across boundaries of class, race and ethnicity. For queer writers like , , and , among others, this was central to its revolutionary potential. . . .The waterfront, once a site of capitalist power, was at least from a brief time cracked, open, overrun.

, 2019 Pier Groups
*img 1947 N.Y. City's waterfront (detail)


(archaic artifacts of sodomy networks)

*img old placard of defunct Argos leatherbar in Warmoesstraat, AMS (1957-2015)

These were, if you’ll permit the metaphor, temples of urethral eroticism.

, 2017 (2020) Patenting The Pissoir: Queer Bodies and Proprietary Technologies / SH
*img 1884 Folding Urinal, Patent by J. L. Mott Iron Works

Same-sex eroticism has been documented in most artisanal classes in which age and status hierarchies subjected male youths to the direct domination of adult men in handicraft production.

, 2019 SH
*img c 1570 Il lanificio. Studiolo di Francesco I. Firenze

—dialectics of enclosure,

*img c 1875 Urinoir en ardoise à deux stalles. Place Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, Paris Ier

A shared grammar of sexual possibility and availability produced by practices of cruising public spaces gave these particular codes their continuity or legibility across time and place. Homosexuality was reconceptualized as an active, counterhegemonic appropriation of urban space generating unique forms of sociality and culture centered around stranger intimacy.

, 2019 SH

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. . . the demand for the ‘right to privacy’ can transcend its liberal antecedents and become a radical demand for change in the relationship between private and public life. This is the real threat posed by so-called ‘public sex’—

, 1985 Sexuality and its Discontents

—la drague et les pissotières,

*img c 1940 Anonymous, Pissotière à Paris

Oh! le moucheron enivré à la pissotière de l'auberge, amoureux de la bourrache, et que dissout un rayon!

, 1873 Une saison en enfer
*img n.d. (1940-50s) Garçons

, the diverted use of public toilets in Germany is known as 'Klappensex' or 'Klappen-sexualität'. . . because of the noise of the slamming cubicle doors breaking the silence.

, 2017 FZK
*img um 1989 Selbstporträt (auf der Klappe)

Anarcoma entra en acción . . . en unos grandes y concurridísimos wc públicos,

*img 1978 (1983) Anarcoma (detall de 'La Caty, carroza amiga y confidente', i els antics urinaris públics de Plaça Catalunya de Barcelona)

In these public settings, too, there exists a sort of democracy that is endemic to impersonal sex.

, 1970 Tearoom Trade
*vid 1983 , L'Homme blesse (sec)

… y pueblos de nuestra geografía), hay historias de maricas que se tejen con olores a ácido úrico, miradas clandestinas y gestos de solicitación.

, 1999 Homografias
*img 1984 Cimetière à vespasiennes Aubervilliers

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Del requisito fisiológico de la micción a la cultura gay no va—¡Ay!, para horror de muchos—más que un paso.

, 1999 Urinarios / Homografias
*img 1865 Projecte d'urinari públic per la Rambla de Santa Mònica, BCN

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