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What is Sniffies?

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You don’t need a boat to cruise, sailor. Not when you’ve got Sniffies. 

Sniffies is the definitive cruising site of the modern age, and a huge step up from Craigslist. If you’re wondering “what is cruising?” then clearly you’ve never the 1980’s hit film “Cruising” starring Al Pacino. 

Movie recommendations aside, cruising is a time-honored tradition in the gay community where two queer men get together and bone in public. Sometimes in parks, bathroom stalls, or even a Senate hearing room.

Cruising comes from a time where gay men were less likely to be openly gay at risk of facing discrimination. They could even be reported to the authorities for breaking anti-sodomy laws. If they had to hide from roommates, family, or wive,s then it was often safer to have sex outside of the home. It’s also super hot.

Not every person who cruised did so out of fear of being caught, some were turned on by risk itself. The thrill of potentially getting caught excites plenty of people, and fuels exhibitionist fetishists around the globe. 

Nowadays, most people cruising do so for the thrill of it. There are of course still plenty of DL guys looking for quick head, but cruising is a fairly popular gay phenomenon. 

Enter Sniffies.com. Sniffies is a map-based hookup app that brings local cruisers to your cell phone, desktop, or Nintendo DS. Anything with internet connection, really.

The map shows you nearby cruisers, and popular meetup spots. You create a profile, the same as you would with Grindr or any other app, but since it’s not in the Apple App Store, nudity is allowed. That means you can show off the goods right away, and get straight to the point.

The map also shows locations like gyms, sex shops, movie theaters, The Container Store, and anywhere else other queer people suck and fuck. 

They also let you host groups. Truly we are in a golden era wherein anyone, not just Dawson, can have a 50 load weekend. Groups aren’t limited to penetration either, with plenty of users opting for bukakkes or circle jerks. Truly there is something for everyone who loves semen on Sniffies.

The app is free to use, but comes with a premium subscription for a small fee that allows you to include more photos, and see more cruisers. This takes the guesswork out of cruising, and helps bring the cruisers to you.

In the community, there’s been some discussion on cruising as a lost art. Apps like Sniffies make it easier, but it takes away some of the thrill of sniffing out other cruisers. Intimate gestures like foot tapping in a bathroom stall, or tugging on yourself at a urinal are lost on some who prefer the digital iteration. 

Regardless of one’s thoughts on the sanctity of cruising, Sniffies is a fun accessible option for anyone interested in it. Whip out your phone, see who’s around, and all aboard the SS Sniffies cruise.

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