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Peek: Inside the Private World of Public Sex Paperback – January 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1560236474 ISBN-10: 1560236477 Edition: 1st
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5-Fold WOW: Passionate, Political, Fun, Courageous, Wild. It flows and rocks. Classic Couture. A MUST READ for anyone who has ever had public sex and for anyone who ever wants to. Couture can live and write; write what he lives, live what he writes. 21ST CENTURY QUEER--YET BETTER THAN BURROUGHS. -- Dr. Shannon Bell, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, York University

A CONCISE AND HANDY REFERENCE work for those interested in learning exactly how gay promiscuity operates. . . . A WARM AND WITTY PERSONAL MEMOIR delivered in a nonjudgmental tone, punctuated with acute sociological observations and frank, revealing discussions of sexuality and morality. Not since The Happy Hooker has sex been treated with such honesty and openness. Peek is a rarity in this post-AIDS sexophobic mood that permeates our culture today--it's A FACINATING AND VERY READABLE BOOK that gives sexual people an honest chance to speak for themselves. -- Dr. Sky Gilbert, Novelist, poet, filmmaker, director, actor, and drag queen extraordinaire, co-founder and Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

OFFERS TIPS, TRICKS AND IMPORTANT DOS (AND DON'TS!) FOR SEX IN PUBLIC SPACES. A MUST FOR ANY GAY GUY LOOKING TO FULFILL HIS LUSTS in bathhouses, parks and the condo steam room, without getting arrested. . . . You can be a public perv without being a creep, or becoming jaded. -- Steven Bereznai, Author of Gay and Single . . . Forever? 10 Things Every Gay Guy Looking For Love (and Not Finding It) Needs to Know

PERFORMS A GREAT SERVICE here by making more visible one of the most vilified forms of queer sex, and by breaks the gay silence that has always surrounded it. SMARTLY WRITTEN, with an eye for sexy detail and an ear for observant analysis. . . . NOT ONLY A TREAT, BUT A SORELY NEEDED ADDITION TO THE LITERATURE ON GAY MALE SEXUALITY. -- Michael Bronski, Author of Pleasure Principle: Sex, Backlash, and the Struggle for Gay Freedom --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Joseph Couture is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has done extensive work in radio and television for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and has written for both of Canada's national newspapers, the Globe and Mail and the National Post. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560236477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560236474
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For much of my life there has been one question on my mind. We all search for meaning, for God, for truth, for hope, for many many things. For me, these questions were all wrapped into one.

As a teen-aged boy I sat alone in the dark on the edge of the water and asked myself this: Does a caterpillar know that he is going to turn into a butterfly? And does a butterfly know that he used to be a caterpillar?

I didn't know the answer then, but I felt it was out there somewhere, and I spent a lifetime trying to find it. A direct search proved futile; the answer could only be found in the experience of living life itself- and what a life it has been.

More than once I've thought the jig was up- the game was over. But each time it turned out that it was not the beginning of the end, it was the beginning of the beginning. And it's not over yet!


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Passion and Science on February 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Joseph Couture performs a great service by making visible one of the most popular (and sometimes vilified or even demonized) forms of gay sex. But what does "public sex" mean? Sex in the wrong places? Places that criminalize the acting person? What does "public" really mean?

Looking closer: public gay sex is sex in parks, saunas, sex clubs, darkrooms...Hidden in bushes, in houses, in discos, in scene bars...Hidden, often without any bigger advertisment or with just a little mark (e.g. the rainbow flag as the internationally well known sign for a gay place). Or concerning the sex in parks burrowed by the night. What is public about that? Normally people do not want to be seen having sex. Or just by peoplehidden who are gooing for that (voyeurs, gays loving threesomes...). And never by police or homophobic people or possibly violent macho youth!

Sex is a very private thing (at least for most of us!), for gay and others. Even if it takes place in the so called public. The distinction between public an private is a relatively recent historical creation and a socially made distinction.

Joseph Couture is a passionate writer with a good sense for politics and for human beeings: for the good and bad.
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By Tim B. on July 24, 2014
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very interesting perspectives. A lot may sound like fiction. But these things do go on. I am sure Canada is more wild.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Emond on August 9, 2013
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This book shines a new light on the public sex scene. The quality of the writing is great strongly recommended.
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