Cruising - An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime
Publisher: The Unnamed Press
An intimate history of cruising for sex, its impact on society, and what cruising looks like today:
-Alex has done extensive research, from looking at the coded guide books men used in the 60s (when what color handkerchief you wore, and where, meant what you were looking for) to the Victorian "Molly Houses" in England, where cruising is known as "Cottaging."
-Cruising really begins with cities, and it was actually the first anti-sodomy laws in 14th Century Florence that sparked the craze: they were pointing out where the acts occurred, and men discovered this new idea.
-The book is also looking at cruising in restricted societies like Russia, and we've found that the more restrictive a society, the more cruising flourishes.
-Everything is coded and unspoken, even the word "cruising" itself was chosen to be innocuous to straight people.
-This is the first history of its kind, because for too long LGBT histories were not treated as important. We're going to change that.