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In the gay world, the word "sauna" or "bathhouse" usually refers to a sort of a gay meeting place, sex club but not a brothel. In the past, the gay bathhouses offered a safer alternative to public sex when having gay sex was illegal.
In my journey, I think I've been quite brave in testing out new gay experiences, but so far, I haven't had a strong desire to visit a gay bathhouse such as Steamworks. I'm still considering it but so far, I've preferred to have even a slight emotional connection with the guy I'm with. I understand the scene at the bathhouses is strictly anonymous.
For people of Scandinavian descent (like me), "sauna" has no sexual connotation at all. They regard it as almost a sacred place.
I am extremely lucky to have an authentic sauna located right on the water at my new home. The sauna is not just used to wash yourself; it is a place for relaxation, both physical and mental, with friends and family. In my grandparents' generation, almost all mothers in The Old Country gave birth in saunas.