Bathhouses were popular queer spaces that have seen a sharp decline in recent years. Can they withstand the test of time and technology? Cruising, for those unfamiliar, is a term primarily used for those who visit public locations often parks and forests in pursuit of sex.
Ian Thomson. As married men, we appreciated the circumspect and respectful behaviour; for a few quid one felt properly laved and rejuvenated. Nakedness is a great leveller.
For many Westerners, though, the fact that these traditions involve being naked with strangers is awkward at best, even though men and women bathe separately. I suggested a different town that had an attraction I wanted to see, and thought I was off the hook. Two terms are basic when talking about Japanese baths: onsen and sento.
The Rudas baths are a short ten minute or two minute bus ride from the Hotel Gellert Danubius where I was duped by a not up to date review saying there were men's and women's sections. As of January 1,one can no longer enjoy those baths nude without reprisal from staff. The bathhouse is housed in a traditional Turkish bathhouse building which is what you are getting as this place was originally built in the 15th century.
I'm nude, sitting in a men's only public sauna in downtown Vancouver, trying not to pass out from the extreme heat. In the hazy room are a handful of relaxed young dudes, an old, tattooed man, and an Eastern European with slicked-back hair and Ric Flair's skin. They wear wet towels around their necks and drink hot tea so they can sweat like Ted Striker in Airplane!
Visitors to Germany have long admired its historic architecture, world-class museums, and excellent beer gardens. Often housed within beautiful buildings from the art nouveau era or earlier, these public facilities are the perfect place to relax au naturel while sharing a healthy tradition with the locals. This open-minded attitude to the naked body started in the 19th century, when Scandinavian-style steam baths became popular; then, in the late 20th century nudity became widely accepted on beaches, in city parks and on walking trails.
Like saunas and public bathhouses elsewhere, people generally strip off to use them. So when in Rome, or Russia rather…. Usually there are well set-up changing rooms, where you can rehydrate and take a break from the heat.
This is art. And both men and women are buying it. The question seems to be, how much is it OK to show?
Due to certain life transitions — a move to Portlanda divorce — I found myself very unemployed. There was such a gap in my professional life that no one responded to my applications. Friends from Philly, with whom I was raised, laughed off my new job. Reactions from gay friends from further back east were mixed.