Cuba and the Right to Intimacy
November 14, 2014
HAVANA TIMES — Last night, I was reading an article about people who
rent out rooms where couples can make love, or have sex (I assume the
customer decides on the variant). I wonder whether this service is
offered to all couples, as, from reading what the owners explained, only
heterosexual couples, chiefly people who are married or in stable
relationships, tend to rent these rooms.
In other words, the owners take great care not to break the rules. I
imagine it's out of the fear that the officials who monitor their
activities may report on any "irregularities."
In the article, the journalist provides a brief overview of the motels
that existed in the 80s and 90s, places that have been turned into
shelters or temporary residences for families whose homes have
collapsed. Tongue-in-cheek, she compares these depressing rooms to the
motel rooms in Alfred Hitchcock's movies.
She barely touched on the fact that there are other sexual orientations
and that such couples also want to have moments of privacy to enjoy sex
and romance. Using these locales should be legal for these people,
particularly at a time when the media is becoming more and more open
about the issue of their rights.
What are slogans good for if there are no concrete results? It will take
long for many people to awaken, and, in a male chauvinistic society like
ours, forms of segregation will remain latent.
A small place for freedom, as fellow blogger and friend Warhol P says,
may be an expression of rebelliousness, but I see it as necessary.
Before, people threw gay parties, and those who went to them knew they
stood a good chance of finding a partner there. Others who had not yet
come out of the closet could also go there as a means of sexual exploration.
A friend told me that, near my neighborhood, someone discretely rents
out rooms by the hour, for gays and lesbians.
The rooms are well decorated, fitted with ACs and other services, such
as the ones referred to in the other article. Now, it is only a question
of making these rooms legal.
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