Cruise Away In Amsterdam!

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s what Dutch politico Paul van Grieken said when legalizing public gay sex in Amsterdam. Van Grieken argues that since gay men are going to have sex in the park regardless, the city should try to enforce some “strict rules”.

Why should we try to impose something that is actually impossible to impose, which also causes little bother for others and for a certain group actually means much pleasure?

Condoms must always be cleared away, it must never take place in the neighbourhood of children’s playgrounds and the sex must be restricted to the evening and night-time.

Some Amsterdam residents are infuriated not necessarily because of the new leniency, but because the city’s council will now impose stricter regulations on unleashed dogs.

This is a very interesting ruling for multiple reasons. First, it’s realistic, which is rare when it comes to sexual policing. More importantly, however, van Grieken’s measure grants a certain legitimacy to cruising, which may help eradicate taboos and their resulting unsafe practices. It will be intriguing to find whether this legitimacy, however, will hamper some of the public sex excitement.