After 5 years of controversies, and in contrast to what Grindr claims, it is still possible to obtain the exact location of cruising men on Grindr.
While Foucault’s legacy reminds us that identity politics can be problematic, Butler shows how domination can be escaped by other means. This is particularly relevant in a time when identity based resistance is increasingly popular.
Threats faced by cruising men are increasingly intertwined with each other due to technological advantages. This way, cruising areas transform into self-controlling panopticons, in which men no longer know whether they are being observed.
Dating apps may have changed the way people arrange casual hookups, but cruising areas still serve an important function, by encouraging social contact and facilitating unbounded sex between strangers.