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Dogging (sexual slang)

Dogging is a British euphemism for engaging in sexual acts in a semi-public place (typically a secluded car in a car park) and then watching others doing so. Frequently, there are more than two participants; both group sex and gang banging can be included. As observation is encouraged, voyeurism and exhibitionism are closely associated with dogging. The two sets of people involved often meet either randomly or (increasingly) arrange to meet-up beforehand over the Internet.[1]

In September 2003, the BBC[2] reported on the 'new' dogging craze. They cited the Internet and text messaging as very common ways of organising meetings. The original definition of dogging (and which is still a closely-related activity) is spying on couples having sex in a car or other public place.

There is some evidence on the Internet that the 'craze' has recently begun to spread to other countries (such as the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, the Netherlands, Norway[3], Poland [4] , Sweden [5] and New Zealand.[6])


[edit] Legality

In most jurisdictions, dogging would come under laws related to voyeurism, exhibitionism or public displays of sexual behaviour. Some countries may also have laws regarding permitting, or being reckless as to whether, a minor watches (or becomes exposed to) sexual activities.

In the UK, the laws on dogging are ambiguous; prosecution is possible for a number of offences such as section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, indecent exposure under section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or for the common law offence of outraging public decency. However, ACPO policy is that arrests are a last resort and a more gradual approach should be taken in such circumstances.[7][8].

[edit] Terminology

  • The Sunday Herald wrote in 2003, "The term dogging originated in the early 1970s to describe men who spied on couples having sex outdoors – these men would 'dog' the couples' every move and watch them."[9]

[edit] Amomaxia

"Amomaxia" is the act of having sex or making out in a car (Schmidt, 1967). It does not necessarily include the exhibitionist or voyeuristic aspects of dogging.

[edit] See also

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ "'Dogging' hotspot to be policed". BBC. February 9, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/wear/7878889.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  2. ^ "'Dogging' craze sex disease risk". BBC. September 8, 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3119024.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  3. ^ Gray, Martin (2007-02-04). "Tenner på risikosex". Aftenposten. http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article1627552.ece. Retrieved 2007-08-20. "Fenomenet "dogging" brer om seg og er i ferd med å få fotfeste i Norge." 
  4. ^ "Uprawiają seks w centrum Warszawy". onet.pl. 2007-10-09. http://wiadomosci.onet.pl/1620190,11,item.html. Retrieved 2007-10-09. "Łazienki, park Szczęśliwicki i Skaryszewski to ulubione miejsca doggersów. Umawiają się przez internet, by na oczach przypadkowych przechodniów uprawiać niezobowiązujący seks." 
  5. ^ Abrahamsson, Karin (2008-07-14). "Sommarens heta sextrend". Aftonbladet. http://www.aftonbladet.se/wendela/relationer/article2896145.ab. Retrieved 2010-06-12. "Träffpunkter och nätverk för dogging finns över hela Sverige." 
  6. ^ "The Wellingtonista After Dark: Spot the Dog". wellingtonista.com. 2007-07-20. http://wellingtonista.com/the-wellingtonista-after-dark-spot-the-dog. Retrieved 2010-05-01. "(On the topic of dogging) What is it? Who does it? And where oh where does it happen? We'll let people out themselves on the second question but we can definitely help y'all with the third one." 
  7. ^ "Police leniency call on park sex". BBC News. 2008-10-17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/7674874.stm. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  8. ^ http://www.met.police.uk/dcf/files/LGBTacpo.pdf
  9. ^ Jen Johnston (21 September 2003). "Councils voice concern over new sex craze". Sunday Herald. Archived from the original on Sep 22, 2003. http://web.archive.org/web/20030922095216/http://www.sundayherald.com/36866. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 

[edit] References

  • White, Jane. Are You Ready For Dogging?. Marie Claire Magazine, May 2005.
  • Quo Magazine (Spanish version) Jan 2006.
  • Schmidt, J. E., M.D. Lecher's Lexicon. 1967.
  • Davies, Daniel. The Isle of Dogs Serpent's Tail Fiction 2008 ISBN 9781846686597. [1]

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