Huw Lemmey, Jackie Wang & Samuel R. Delany

Public Sex

Do you think a city can control the way the people live inside it? I mean, just the geography, the way the streets are laid out, the way the buildings are placed?

– Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren

Could cruising and random public sex be the basis of an ethically organised society? If our erotic contacts shape the spaces around us, is Google Street View a kind of pornography? What did porn theatres or Grindr do to the city? Can we feel both exposed and safe sexually, in public? Can writing about sex have a wider political function? Can we refuse to feel guilty about our desires and sexual habits, no matter how ‘abject’? Does a sexuality of waste—of shit, piss, snot, cum—reveal a way to combat the relentless commodification that tries to colonise every corner of our lives? A discussion with Samuel R. Delany, Huw Lemmey, and Jackie Wang.

Content Note: Explicit sexual content 

An edited transcript of this discussion appeared in The Lawless Issue of Mask Magazine.

 

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