Vatican officials might be surprised to learn in which room of the Vatican Museum a recent visitor found "paradise. By offering listings of "tearooms" camp slang for bathrooms , truck stops, adult bookstores, parks, streets, and other public spaces where men make themselves available to one another - along with personal ads, tips on cruising etiquette, and a guide to free pictorial sites called "Dick on the Web" - Cruising for Sex is drawing , hits a day. The site's creator, "cruisemaster" Keith Griffith, says his ambition is to "show society at large that this kind of sex goes on everywhere, all the time. Cruising is older than civilization, Griffith insists. There's nothing society can do to make this go away. Not that society isn't trying.
Cruising Isn't Dead—If You Know Where to Look
Is cruising for sex in the age of Grindr still possible?
A favorite of those seeking a thrill in the early Internet age, as well as more than a few closet cases, the site has long been home to detailed information about where to seek anonymous trysts in mostly public locations—from a cruisy toilet near the Disney World monorail to a steamy locker room in the basement of a Moscow health club. To ensure the publicly horny aren't caught in a sting by law enforcement—who have historically played the part of affable co-masturbator, until they arrest you for solicitation—users were and still are encouraged to report any suspicious behavior to the site itself as a "heads up. The paradox of the site—that the publicness that made it so appealing also put its users at risk—was not lost on founder Keith "Cruisemaster" Griffith, who penned feature stories about how to avoid arrest. But it wasn't just cops that users had to fear; by , Cruising for Sex was scoring , hits a day, and journalists began trolling the site, hoping to exploit the general public's fears of gay men by catching dudes mid-blowjob.
Cruising for sex
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Cruising for sex , or cruising , is walking or driving about a locality, called a cruising ground , in search of a sex partner , usually of the anonymous , casual , one-time variety. According to historian and author Tim Blanning , the term cruising originates from the Dutch equivalent kruisen. In a specifically sexual context, the term "cruising" originally emerged as an argot "code word" in gay slang , by which those "in the know" would understand the speaker's unstated sexual intent, whereas most heterosexuals , on hearing the same word in the same context, would normally misread the speaker's intended meaning in the word's more common nonsexual sense. This served and in some contexts, still serves as a protective sociolinguistic mechanism for gay men to recognize each other, and avoid being recognized by those who may wish to do them harm in broader societies noted for their homophobia. In the latter half of the twentieth century, decriminalization of homosexual behaviour increasingly became the norm in English-speaking countries.