public toilet

Here’s a scene from Stephen Frear’s 1987 biopic of Joe Orton – “Prick Up Your Ears” (say it five times in a row quickly).  The film is based on Orton’s diaries – a high proportion of which deal with meeting strangers in public toilets for sex.

Technically this is cottage-ing (as is the in the bushes alfresco post below)  not dogging, but although we’re interested in the visual element of dogging, the Bioskop has a broader more general interest in the drives that are still strong enough to get people out of the pub and  out from their houses and away from their various entertainment technologies to associate and interact with strangers …

There’s always sex, and then there’s the celebratory impulse – raves and illegal parties  and festivals (although the latter are rapidly having any joy and life commodified out of them) … and as I write this, political dissatisfaction and economic inequality around the world (and in the UK) … is bringing people out under fire-lit summer night skies…

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