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At Zuccotti Park, Love Under the Tarps

First Posted: 10/24/11 04:21 PM ET Updated: 12/24/11 05:12 AM ET

By Jessica Firger, Wall Street Journal

Occupy Wall Street is an experiment in communal living, with basic human needs on public display. Even, at times, very intimate human needs.

Outdoor sex has been a topic of discussion at quality-of-life meetings held each afternoon inside Zuccotti Park. Some people have expressed discomfort with sexual activity in their midst, but Andrew Carbon, 26 years old, said protesters generally are loathe to restrict anyone’s behavior.

“To be controlling someone’s own autonomy is a sensitive issue,” he said. “It’s a bad image if it’s visible, but policing it is wrong.”

Filled with the young and underemployed, the half-acre concrete plaza has become something like a college dorm. Protesters have grown close as they share tight quarters, sleep communally and perform daily hygiene in public. For those finding love — or something like it — amid the occupation, intimacy in the open air requires both tactical expertise and a loose take on modesty.

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