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Taking Back the Night? Gender and the Contestation of Sexual Entertainment in England and Wales

Hubbard, Philip, Colosi, Rachela (2013) Taking Back the Night? Gender and the Contestation of Sexual Entertainment in England and Wales. Urban Studies, . ISSN 0042-0980. (doi:10.1177/0042098013504006) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Despite important moves towards gender equality, the experience of the night-time city remains profoundly different for women and men. The visibility of self-styled ‘gentleman’s clubs’ where female dancers perform for a predominantly male clientele has been taken as prime evidence of this persistent inequity. Opposition to such clubs has hence been vocal, with the result that many local authorities in England and Wales have moved to ban clubs within their jurisdiction utilising the powers of the Policing and Crime Act, 2009. This paper explores the arguments that have persuaded policy-makers to refuse licences for such venues, particularly the idea that sexual entertainment causes specific harms to women. The paper does not question the veracity of such arguments, but instead explores why sexual entertainment venues have become a target of feminist campaigning, situating this opposition in the context of long-standing debates about the vulnerability of women in the night-time city.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0042098013504006
Uncontrolled keywords: Crime, gender equality, night-time, sex industry, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2013 09:35 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36878 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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