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Cottaging (Public sex)

This is largely a British slang word that refers to anonymous sex that takes place in a public toilet or tea-room, or cruising for sexual partners with the intention of having sex elsewhere. Historically, public toilets were almost the only places that guys could meet and hook-up. This is to a large extent no longer used today as there are many places to meet like-minded guys. And the term ‘cottaging’ has simply given way to ‘cruising’ (look: Social Spaces). Although exciting for many, anonymous sex does pose considerable risk because (1) the sexual histories of either sexual partner are often not known to each other, and (2) because anonymous sex often implies having had a higher number of sexual partners. Know the risks and make the right choices for yourself (look: Safety Zone).