Speaking of cruising....
A PARK near Amsterdam has unveiled information signs pointing out spots where officials say gay men are known to have sex - so no visitors are taken by surprise.
The signs "clearly indicate what is happening in each zone; also those where gay men are known to practice 'cruising'," municipal spokeswoman Manon Koffijberg said.[...]
"If you don't want to be confronted by a vision of that sort, the signs allow you to avoid specific areas," said Ms Koffijberg. [...]
Well, isn't that just special: recognizing the fact that it's a lot easier just to have a designated area for men who cruise than to have police stings and to ruin people's lives. That is, it's easier if the goal is to actually protect people who don't want to see sex instead of just to punish homosexuality and scandalous sex.
The people who run the parks realize that people who cruise have just as much a right to be there as anyone else:
"There are various groups of users of the park; people with small children who bathe on the beaches, those who walk their dogs, gays cruising and nature lovers," said Ms Koffijberg.
"Things are arranged so that each group can relax in their own area without intruding on each other."
The whole "think of the children" argument doesn't hold water when it's used to justify turning every aspect of our lives into an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Children don't have to be everywhere, and just because some or even most people don't want to see something doesn't mean that others don't have a right to engage in it.
I suppose this idea might catch on in America one day as well. If McDonald's was allowed to set up shop in these parks and Budweiser could put up adds for the cruisers, that might ease the transition for Americans.