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Public sex refers to sexual acts that take place in public or semi-public places. Social views related to sex and sexuality vary greatly between different cultures and different times. The term is increasingly used to describe an act taking place outside the bounds of a private residence, regardless of whether it be strictly public (e.g. a toilet, cubicle, or cemeteries).

Prior to the development of the Internet, some gay men met in public settings (parks, washrooms, beats, and other cruising areas) in order to have sex.[1] In the UK there has been a rise in public sex on premises venues, possibly due to a more relaxed approach to enforcement of laws relating to this "victimless crime" since the early 1990s.[2]

A high frequency of public, outdoor sex is rumored to exist in Vancouver's many parks and beaches and in beaches and parks in San Francisco.[3] According to the magazine New York, public sex occurs relatively frequently in New York City, and is a fantasy common to a wide number of people.[4]

In the United Kingdom, sex in a semi-public place is sometimes known as dogging.

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  1. ^ Humphreys, Laud (1975). Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places. Aldine de Gruyter. ISBN 0202302822.,M1. 
  2. ^ Finlayson, Iain (21 June 1998). "The Human Condition: Johnny be good". The Independent. "The debate was largely irrelevant in the UK,where at the time there were very few public sex venues (or PSVs). In the Nineties, however, there has been a significant increase in commercial gay venues, particularly in London where there are now at least 15 saunas and 10 bar/clubs that provide facilities for gay sex on their premises." 
  3. ^ Sides, Josh (2009). Erotic City: Sexual Revolutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 9780195377811. 
  4. ^ Em & Lo (1 April 2007). "Public Displays of Affection". New York. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 

Further reading

  • Pat Califia; Patrick Califia-Rice (1994). Public sex: the culture of radical sex. Cleis Press. ISBN 0939416891. 

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