"TITTER YE NOT"
I just had a text from my
wife; it said,
"Don't wait up dear, I'm out dogging and I've just had a threesome."
Lucky bitch! I've been going greyhound racing for years and I've never hit a tricast.
Must be beginner's luck.
Me and the wife love to
embarrass our son in front
of his mates.
But Dogging in the school
car park was probably taking it a bit far.
Petrol is way too fucking
expensive these days.
I actually can't afford to
Last time I went dogging, I
had to ask my mum to give me a lift.
Went dogging with the wife
last night. By the time she'd parked the car,
everyone had fucked off.
Public sex, referred to in the UK as "dogging", is sexual
activity that takes place in a public context. It refers to a
person or more than one person performing a sex act in a
public place or in a private place which can be viewed from a
Such private places can include the back yard or even the
bedroom with the curtains open. It also includes such acts in a
semi-public place, where the general public is free to enter,
such as a shopping mall. Public places where sex acts can be
performed include a car, commonly called "parking", on a
beach, in the woods, as well as in a theatre, bus, street, toilet, cubicle or cemetery. In
September 2003, the BBC reported on a "dogging" craze, fueled by the Internet.
Dogging is a British English slang term for engaging in public sex (usually in a car park or
country park) while others watch them doing so. Dogging has aspects of exhibitionism and voyeurism. There is some evidence on the Internet that the 'dogging craze' has begun to spread to other countries, such as the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. Public, outdoor sex purportedly takes place quite often in parks and beaches in Vancouver and San Francisco. According to the New York magazine, public sex occurs relatively frequently in New York City, and is a fantasy common to a wide number of people.
Social views related to public sex and sexuality vary greatly between different cultures and different times. There are many and varied laws which apply to sex in public, which use a variety of terms such as indecent exposure, public lewdness, gross indecency beside others. In some jurisdictions an offense is committed only if the participants are seen by others, so that if a toilet cubicle is closed then no offense may have been committed.
That is the situation, for example, in the United Kingdom as a result of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Section 71 makes it an offence to engage in sexual activity in a public lavatory. In the United Kingdom, public sex comes under laws related to voyeurism, exhibitionism or public displays of sexual behaviour, but public sex laws are ambiguous. Prosecution is possible for a number of offences such as section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, exposure under section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or under the common law offence of outraging public decency. The policy of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is that arrests are a last resort and a more gradual approach should be taken in such circumstances. In the UK, there has been a rise in sex on premises venues, possibly due to a more relaxed approach to enforcement of laws relating to this act since the early 1990s.
Giving new meaning to the term flash mob, the British have invented a new sex craze
called dogging that mixes sex, exhibitionism, mobs and the Internet. Dogging combines
technology with swinging, cruising and voyeurism. Crowds big and small watch
exhibitionist couples who've met on the Net have sex in cars, and sometimes join in.
Dogging is the broad term used to cover all the sexual outdoor activities that go on, says
the dogging FAQ at Melanies UK Swingers, a popular dogging site. This can be
anything from putting on a show in your car, to a gangbang on a picnic table. Dogging
appears to be popular and widespread, attracting heterosexual couples and single men
and women of all ages, income brackets and backgrounds. Not surprisingly, however,
dogging meets tend to attract more men than women.
Dogging is most often practiced in cars at rural parks, lover's lanes and superstore
parking lots. The term dogging has a number of suggested origins, but it probably refers
to the "walking the dog" excuse proffered to spouses for an evening's absence. Dogging sessions are usually organized through the dozens of dogging sites and message boards that have sprung up in the last couple of years. Photos are exchanged and meetings arranged by e-mail or mobile phone text message. At the meet, cell phones and text messages are used to confirm meeting places and, crucially, identities. Cameras and videophones are increasingly used to record what goes on.
"Technology is vital and is the main driver (of the dogging phenomenon)," said Richard Byrne, a lecturer at Harper Adams University College in the United Kingdom who produced a survey last year that found dogging to be a widespread and growing problem in Britain's country parks. Dogging is so prevalent, 60 percent of U.K. country parks are affected by it, Byrne's report estimated. In addition, cases of sexually transmitted diseases in some districts rose markedly last year, prompting health authorities to post safe-sex warnings on dogging sites, according to the BBC. One dogging group on Yahoo has 22,000 members. Although dogging has been growing in popularity for the last couple of years, it only reached the mainstream when soccer player Stan Collymore, one of Britain's most famous footballers, admitted to attending numerous dogging meets. Naturally, Collymore's confession sparked a storm of tabloid controversy.
Dogging is becoming so popular, or so notorious, that a trio of music professionals released a single celebrating dogging -- and an accompanying sexy video:
"Sex in public feels so right. Honk your horn. It's a dogger's delight," go the lyrics to Dogging, a new single produced by URockers, a "collective of sexual anarchists born of the Internet," according to the group's site. Members of the group claim to have met at a dogging meet.
RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Express & Star Wolverhampton UK News Paper.
Sex in the Suburbs:
Sordid side of beauty spots.
‘There's Stuart and Sue, Warren who used to come in a Transit van,
a couple whose nicknames are Rum and Coke’. It sounds like an ordinary club, a group of like-minded friends getting together. But this is one of the West Midlands’ most notorious places for dogging.
“They come from all over the place – you get people with no money or job, people with a mansion and a BMW and everything in between," says one man who has turned up to such a meeting. It’s about 10.30pm on a rainy Friday night at a secluded car park on Cannock Chase and the man speaking is a 52-year-old construction manager sitting alone in his car in the darkness.
He is waiting for the opportunity to catch a glimpse of strangers having sex and maybe to join in himself. Who are these people, these married couples, bereaved lovers and others who have seemingly normal lives but feel the need to drive for miles at night to watch other people having sex somewhere they should not? What makes someone want to run the risk of being caught, humiliated in a public court room and fined or worse for the sake of a few minutes of gratification? The answer to that second point may lie in the complexities of the legal system. It is illegal to have sex in a public place, but prosecutions can only happen if the police catch the culprits in the act. Dogging is something that relies on people watching out for each other, posting lookouts.
A popular misconception has been that it relates to dog walkers.
By day they are car parks, footpaths, fields and beauty spots – by night the meeting place for the kinky practice known as dogging. Sex in the Suburbs:
"Dogging UK just a normal pastime claims voyeur website."
This exhibitionist craze, people meeting up for sex in public, has been around for a decade. But it has grown in popularity as technology has moved on and the internet, smartphones and social media have made it easier for people to arrange to get together. There have even been TV programmes, such as Channel 4’s Dogging Tales, devoted to it. It is a problem for the police who would have to catch people in the act if they are to arrest them. And it is less than pleasant for families who want to enjoy areas of natural beauty, such as Cannock Chase, (South Staffordshire England) by day if they know that at night they are being used for such unsavoury activities.
The practice of dogging is described as engaging in sexual acts in a public place or watching others doing so. It is said to have originated in the 1970s, with men following couples to watch them have sex, but only seems to have taken off since 2003.
Dogging Tales drew two million viewers and sparked a storm on Twitter. Now there is evidence that dogging has begun to spread to other countries, such as the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Cannock Chase is a notorious hotspot, but recent reports suggest doggers are also gathering in leafy Solihull. A footpath near the police station was revealed as a prime location, while a layby in Egghill Lane, Frankley is also apparently a favourite. Whole websites are devoted to it, allowing people to register themselves and get details of where to meet for sex.
On one site, it is praised as a hobby that is as normal as flower arranging or amateur dramatics:
“The UK leads the world in dogging,” “We simply love it as a nation."
Thousands and thousands of people come dogging across the country, from London to Cornwall, to Cardiff to Glasgow. British dogging is the best, as we pretty much invented the niche, and more than in other countries, we actually treat each other nicely. When
you join a group or couple for outdoor dogging in the UK, you will generally find them
very welcoming and friendly. This is because it’s viewed as something of a community activity in this country.
“You don’t need to be nervous, and there is far less risk than in some countries where it’s still very much an underground thing.”
While it may no longer be ‘underground’, it is still against the law. But there have been complaints that doggers often escape prosecution and that police have a lack of powers to deal with the problem. Officers have to catch those involved in the act if they want to take any action against them. Dogging comes under laws related to voyeurism, exhibitionism or public displays of sexual behaviour – but the laws on dogging itself are ambiguous. Police say prosecution is possible under the Public Order Act or the Sexual Offences Act, or for the common law offence of outraging public decency. But the Association of Chief Police Officers’ policy is that arrests are a last resort and a more gradual approach should be taken in such circumstances.
When the swinging scene discovered that open-air sex had its own special thrill, they began meeting in car parks and the doggers found a new and rich supply of voyeuristic entertainment. Cannock Chase is an area of outstanding natural beauty, popular with families who come to spot flocks of deer. At night, an entirely different kind of person flocks here, from as far as Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, although it has also spread to the day as well. Wildlife crime officer Pc Pete Clarke invited the Express & Star to see the issues first-hand.
Some of the more ordinary parts of his job would include catching people that would hunt wild animals with dogs, bait badgers or interfere with the nests and eggs of rare birds. Tonight, however, is a search for an altogether different kind of wild activity. He is in an unmarked police car at Ansons Bank car park –or as he explains, the main ‘dogging arena’. Pulling into the car park, there are two parked vehicles facing in the same direction and two men’s faces become clear when they are lit up by the headlights from the plain-looking police car. Pc Clarke explains that men can come here and sit for hours waiting for a couple in a car to arrive. Their patience is the same as fishermen or photographers trying to capture an image of wildlife. Pc Clarke says he is in the ‘show car’ spot, facing the other two vehicles, adding:
“Let’s wait here 10 minutes.”
After several minutes and no movement from either of the men, Pc Clarke drives over to one of the cars opposite, the one
containing the construction manager, from Burntwood. The man will not give his name but admits to regularly driving up to the Chase on Fridays and Saturdays in an attempt to go dogging.
“I’ve been doing it 15 or 20 years, he says. “I started after I lost my girlfriend, she had a heart attack. As far as I’m concerned we are not really doing any harm to anybody." When you see an internal light, that indicates game on. “There are a lot of people that think there’s a couple in the car and go over. As far as I’m concerned, I want to be invited. You go over, they either turn the light off and buzz off or are having a play and you join in.”
Although there are still real concerns by police, he said dogging was not as popular as it once was on the Chase years ago.
“There’s a lot of reasons I guess – the internet, the police coming down, kids coming up here. One of them in a camper van got sprayed with paintballs. I have been egged a couple of times,”
“Ten years ago you could get 20 cars on here on a Friday and Saturday night. Five years ago it was probably 10 and its just got less and less.”
There are several other car parks and lay-bys nearby which are reportedly used by doggers and we come across more parked cars while exploring them. There is a single male driver in most of them, but not everyone claims to be there for the purpose of dogging. One man gives the excuse that he is meeting a woman there after work and then is ‘just going to leave’. And despite a couple starting to kiss each other as we pull up next to them, they claim they are there to ‘spend 10 minutes away from the kids’. But the next single man we come across has no trouble admitting what he was there for. The 53-year-old, who is a baker by trade, had travelled to the Chase from Stoke-on-Trent for the first time since last Easter.
“On and off, I’ve been dogging for 13 years. I was just curious to start
with,” he says. “I get down here when I can. It can be once a week or
once every six months. “I’m single but there are people who come here
who are married and in relationships. “It was known as couple’s corner
in the good days.” he claims, nodding across to the left of where he was
parked. “Five years ago, there would be six cars parked there. On a
Saturday night they used to come from all over the country. I’ve only had
a one percent success rate in the last six years of seeing anything. In
the hey day, from the late 1990s to 2004, it used to be brilliant. I’d be
successful every weekend with seeing something and you could
probably join in.” But he also claims regular doggers still visited the
“There’s Stuart and Sue, Warren who used to
come in a transit van, a couple whose nicknames are Rum
Another regular apparently goes by the name of Martin and spends
hours up at the site in his van, which has a bed in the back and a video
camera on the roof. And Pc Clarke says hundreds are known to visit the
Chase for this purpose over a week-long period, with men most likely to
visit during the daytime and both couples and men on their own coming
at night. Officials figures have shown that dogging at Cannock Chase
was found to be on the increase, with more than 100 people a week
involved in lewd activities at the beauty spot–from as early as 9am. Yet
despite the sordid nature of their activities, it is actually the litter that is
the main concern for the police.
Doggers are known to leave behind used contraceptives and dirty
tissues which could be a potential health risk. Then there are concerns
that families with young children could end up seeing exhibitionists in
The internet is awash with websites where people describe their
experiences of going dogging on Cannock Chase, the various thrills it
gives them akin to a club describing going mountain biking or
orienteering. But it is far from wholesome fun and something the police
are having to spend precious time and resources to keep under control. To tackle dogging, police launched Operation Muttley in April 2012. Appropriately, it was named after the cartoon dog in Wacky Races. Covert patrols and even CCTV have been used to try to dissuade couples from using the Chase. It is a round the clock battle for the police.
“They start at 9am and it goes on into the early hours,” Pc Clarke said. “A lot of the stuff is arranged on the internet beforehand. They will use various websites. “They come from all walks of life. You see company cars, ropey old cars, new Jags. There are normal everyday folk up there who you wouldn’t expect.”
He added that those involved are urged to be discreet about what they do: “We respond to people’s concerns and will hand out leaflets to them encouraging them to clean up their rubbish and be discreet.”
He said, its not just Cannock Chase that dogging takes place. Beauty spots across the Midlands are used including Barr Beacon in Walsall. Train station car parks have also provided meeting points for those who like to indulge in exhibitionism. The families and commuters who use these sites in the day would be horrified to find out what is going on there when darkness descends and sometimes even before. And according to Pc Clarke those who head to Cannock often do so with their other half. He said:
“We told people originally we would record their registrations and send a letter home, which was meant to embarrass them, but a lot of people up there were with their wives anyway.”
Anyone with concerns about dogging on Cannock Chase should contact Staffordshire Police.