Bodies of Evidence

Gay advocates disagree about the dangers of bathhouses.

By Steve Volk
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Dan Savage says he receives "tons of letters" from heterosexual men wishing there were bathhouses for straights. "They want to know why there aren't any," he says.

The answer, says Savage, is obvious: heterosexual women.

"Heterosexual women act as a check on the behavior of straight men," he says. "For gay men, that check is absent. They have to create that check internally-and that's harder."

Harder, but necessary, says Savage, who's always maintained that straight people should have more sex than they do, and gay men should have less.

"I'm sorry," says Savage, "but it's simply not healthy to suck a million dicks. If you walk up to a gay man and hand him half a sandwich that's been lying on the ground, he'll refuse to eat it. But a guy in a bathhouse will happily suck on a dick that's been in 30 other mouths-and that's a prescription for oral gonorrhea. Some gay men are missing a healthy sense of cooties. And a bathhouse is a cootie factory." (S.V.)

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1. phillytom said... on Mar 11, 2011 at 01:45PM

“PERFECT REASON TO VISIT ONE OF THESE PLACES IS TO BE AMAZED AT THE DIFFERENT BODY TYPES OF MEN WHO MOST OF US HAD NO IDEA EVEN EXISTED THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT WE DONT HAVE TO HAVE SEX WITH EVERY BODY TYPE THAT AMAZES US A FREE TV SETUP WITHOUT PORN IS NEEDED JUST A GATHERING PLACE”

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2. Anonymous said... on May 15, 2012 at 03:23PM

“" just a gathering place" is such a crock!!!!! There are plenty of other places where gay men can gather...that don't involve being half naked and trolling for sex. The bath house is just what it is. A home for men to use to express their lascivious and lustful nature. To make it sound like some social country club is erroneous. The amount of sex that occurs is unbelievable, given the times we live in. I have been to these places and seen with my own eyes, flabbergasted at certain people who one would never think could bring themselves to being so reckless. The average person who knows them probably has no idea of their behavior. These bath houses need to go the way of the public park cruising. Plus---most bath houses end up being a place for loud obnoxious sissies to congregate, day after day.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Oct 7, 2012 at 08:15AM

“Any hot young guys go to these places?”

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