Photo: Alex Woodward

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 and Huw Lemmey, chronicler of cities and class-conscious queer cruising fantasies and critique.

Content Note: Explicit sexual content