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Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime

Acclaimed author Alex Espinoza takes readers on an uncensored journey through the underground, to reveal the timeless art of cruising. Combining historical research and oral history with his own personal experience, Espinoza examines the political and cultural forces behind this radical pastime. From Greek antiquity to the notorious Molly houses of 18th century England, the raucous 1970s to the algorithms of Grindr, Oscar Wilde to George Michael, cruising remains at once a reclamation of public space and the creation of its own unique locale—one in which men of all races and classes interact, even in the shadow of repressive governments.

In Uganda and Russia, we meet activists for whom cruising can be a matter of life and death; while in the West he shows how cruising circumvents the inequalities and abuses of power that plague heterosexual encounters. Ultimately, Espinoza illustrates how cruising functions as a powerful rebuke to patriarchy and capitalism—unless you are cruising the department store restroom, of course.

Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime

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    Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime | Paperback
    ISBN: 9781944700829
    Publisher: Unnamed Press
    Publication Date: 20 Jun 2019
    Genre: Queer History - Non-Fiction
    Pages: 238
    Dimensions: 127 x 203 x 21 (mm)
    Language: English

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