These pages give information on the sexual habits and habitats of gay men. They look at issues such as compulsive sexual behaviour, cruising areas and beats, face work and touching as part of the overall expression of sexuality in gay men.
Gay men will have sex anywhere, anytime, anyplace. They do not have the usual moral concerns associated with the heterosexual majority. But this can cause problems of its own. Longer relationships between individuals that require an intimate understanding of your partner may be substituted for repeated intimate casual sexual encounters at the local sauna or beat. Here the revealing of intimacy may be a different form (of communication) than those intimacies revealed in a longer relationship but they are no less revealing for that. These encounters can be exciting & rewarding but after they finish they could possibly leave a gay man feeling more lonely than before, lacking ongoing emotional connection and friendship with other men.
between men became a problem, according to the French philosopher Michel
Foucault, with the rise of the power of the police and
the judiciary in the 18th century. By the time the sexual identities of
homosexuals were named by the scientific community in the late 19th century,
sex between men had become a problem. Once named by heterosexuals as a
deviant class of citizen they became seen as 'other'. Foucault says it
was their [the identities] discovery which actually helped to construct
these social identities and sexualities. Identification and re-presentation
became power in the hands of the dominant hegemonic group.