1st Edition

Public Sex in a Latin Society

By Jacobo Schifter Copyright 2000
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    Explore the risks and rewards of seeking and having sex in public places!

    Public Sex in a Latin Society is one of the first books to explore the lives of people who look for sex in public places and the dangers involved--from murder to HIV infection. The book examines why many gay men have been murdered by sex workers who frequent public sex places, such as the parks, bathhouses, or saunas, and suggests some basic safety rules. Containing interviews with police officials, murderers, and sex workers, Public Sex in a Latin Society explores the motivations for seeking public sex, why gay men who have sex in public are sometimes murdered, and how these killings could be prevented.

    This eye-opening book contains studies that examine mechanisms for assault and crime and examines data on the roles that sexual and physical abuse play in sex workers and their clients. Public Sex in a Latin Society explores Latin society's Catholic church-influenced negative view of homosexuality, explaining why gay men are seen as the equivalent of murderers and thieves, why the topic is censored in the media, and why client murders are rarely investigated.

    Public Sex in a Latin Society discusses the dangers facing public sex seekers and suggests guidelines, such as:

    • refrain from flaunting wealth or wearing fine jewelry or clothes when looking for public sex to decrease the chances of getting mugged or physically assaulted
    • never try to negotiate changes to the agreement or method of payment after sex--this can bring on physical harm or even death
    • do not make advances or ask for sexual acts that were not agreed upon and be especially careful about everything relating to anal sex
    • never take drugs or drink alcohol while seeking sex in order to be alert if you are attacked

      Public Sex in a Latin Society provides you with a shocking analysis of how public sex in Latin America has become part of the Latin economy without advancing sexual liberation or social equality. This provocative and intelligent book will give you a better understanding of Latin American sexual culture.

    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • The Pornography Revolution
    • AIDS as a Trigger
    • The Body Revolution
    • Chapter 1: Methodology of the Study
    • The First Study (1989)
    • The Second Study (1998)
    • The Quantitative Study
    • The Qualitative Study
    • Chapter 2: The Geography of Desire (1989)
    • The Parks and Surrounding Areas
    • Movie Theaters
    • Saunas
    • Chapter 3: The Geography of Desire (1998)
    • Parque Monumental
    • New Pickup Parks
    • Shopping Mall
    • Universities
    • Public Pools
    • La Llanura
    • Pornographic Movie Theaters
    • Pornographic Videos
    • Saunas
    • Numbers
    • Chapter 4: Man.....Without Words
    • The Language Metaphor
    • School for Public Sex
    • The Language and “La Différence”
    • Chapter 5: Gay Clientele
    • The Gay Model of Public Sex
    • Chapter 6: Violence and Public Sex
    • Thou Shalt Not Communicate (Juan's Story)
    • Invaded Bodies (Alberto's Story)
    • The Eroticism of Danger (Pepe's Story)
    • Nonverbal Sex (Emilio's Story)
    • The Need to Disconnect (Miguel's Story)
    • The Worst Nightmares
    • Chapter 7: Cacheros and Locusts (Chapulines)
    • Cacheros
    • Locusts
    • The Vulnerable Body
    • Little Red Riding Hood Confronts the Big Bad Wolf
    • The Look: from Chapulines to Princes
    • Chapter 8: Clash of Cultures
    • The Language of Crime
    • Triggers to Chapuline Violence
    • Ten Rules that Could Save Your Life
    • A Visit to the Castle
    • Is Public Sex Revolutionary?
    • Chapter 9: Police Officers
    • The Trained Body
    • Homophobia
    • If you Live with Men ....
    • Deliver Us from Temptation
    • Conclusions
    • Appendix: Survey of Sexual Practices in Public Sex Places
    • ILPES Questionnaire for Men Who Visit Bars, Discos, and Restaurants
    • Notes
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Jacobo Schifter, PhD, is the Regional Director of ILPES (the Latin American Health and Prevention Institute), an AIDS-prevention program financed by the Netherlands' government. One of the most prolific writers in Latin America, Dr. Schifter wrote books on the Costa Rican civil war, U.S.-Costa Rican relations, and Costa Rican anti-Semitism before shifting his interests when AIDS started to affect the Central American region. He then established the first regional institute to fight the epidemic and created dozens of innovative programs, such as AIDS hotlines and AIDS-prevention workshops for Latin gays, prisoners, street children, Indians, male sex workers, and other minority groups. Dr. Schifter also started to publish controversial books on AIDS, including The Formation of a Counterculture: AIDS and Homosexuality ill Costa Rica (1989), Men Who Love Men (1992), Eyes l1zat Do Not See: Psychial1y and Homophobia (1997), Lila's House (1998), From Toads to Queens (Haworth, 1999), and Macho Love (Haworth, 1999). These books have become best-sellers in the region and have also played a part in changing many Latin governments' discriminatory policies against people with AIDS.