You pay to get in under the pretense of working out or going for a shvitzand spend a few hours pacing and mingling. No one I saw was underage. Ten thousand men passed through Spa Xcess inaccording to its owners. Comments We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. I know, because subsequent to the raids on the four bathhouses in which men were arrested for being found-ins or operators of a bawdy house, I was assigned by the Sun to spend the night in one with fellow reporter John Paton. Cruising online collapses the reality of another body into pixels and a series of statistics that allow for sorting by age, race, body type.
Quiet conversations, everyone there by choice.
What It’s Like Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses
Occasionally, when a couple hooked up, the half-open door would close and that was that. The scene inside a place like Steamworks—teeming masses of men, naked but for a towel and sometimes not even that, all there for the singular purpose of getting laid—is nothing if not bawdy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful. The appeal lies in the immediacy of the experience itself, of checking out other men in the flesh. What would I say if I was propositioned? Quiet conversations, everyone there by choice.
John and I also spent time in the actual bathhouse part of the bathhouse — in a hot tub — and it was the same. Ten thousand men passed through Spa Xcess inaccording to its owners. Its officers led a raid on The Parkside, a local gay bar, in The emphasis on cruising and on fucking was the ultimate queer shibboleth. No one I saw was underage.