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The Pleasures of Cruising

by our Editors in Lifestyle & Fashion , 12 januari 2014


On January 14, Get a Room, a monthly event in Utrecht and Amsterdam, organizes a film and discussion night about cruising. Cruising seems inevitably connected to gay sexual culture. Men go out and cruise other men to have casual sex and quite often lots of it. It’s anonymous, it’s easy, it’s hot and always available, what more do you need?

The opening film “Bankers” shows what’s cruising really like. Film maker Antonio da Silva secretly filmed the sexual innuendos between London bankers on their lunch break. For over a year he took his hidden camera to show how people in the financial district share their lunch.

According to the evening’s main documentary “The End of Cruising,” by renowned underground film maker Todd Verow, something has changed in the past years. Public cruising areas such as restrooms and parks, which used to be crowded with men getting their kick on, are now empty and deserted. Modern technology is changing daily life everywhere, and also in gay culture. Grindr and GayRomeo have become the digital alternatives to meet up and find new sexual partners. Without the risks of getting caught or beaten up. Verow talks to different “cruisers” about their experiences and what made cruising so utterly exciting.

Of course the evening’s participants will talk about the cruising phenomenon. Do men still cruise in Amsterdam? What’s the importance of cruising for gay sexual culture? During the evening there will also be a focus on the kicks and tricks of cruising. Cruising 101, what makes a good cruising experience?

Location: OT301, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam. When: January 14, 2014, start 20.00; entrance: 5.00 Euros (reservations via getaroomutrecht@gmail.com)



 







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