Through a hole in the wall: Setting and interaction in sex-on-premises venues Richters, Juliet en_US 2021-11-25T15:06:58Z 2021-11-25T15:06:58Z 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract Casual and anonymous sex is available at low cost to homosexually active men in venues such as saunas, sex clubs and backrooms. In order to investigate the relationship between setting and sexual practice, transcripts from interviews with 30 gay men in Sydney were analyzed thematically, taking a situational interactionist approach which focused on practice. Men's reasons for going to sex venues, and for their choice of venue (gay/non-gay, saunas/backrooms), are explored. Physical features (such as steps, platforms, dark spaces, steam rooms, cubicles and glory holes) encourage or enable particular practices, such as fellatio or group sex. Interactional patterns include unspoken rules of venue deportment (e.g. silence) and vary with stages of cruising and how crowded the space is. Patrons consider venues in terms of the other men, and are generally unaware of the conscious intentions of the designers. Yet the venues are commercial spaces and share features with airports, supermarkets, railway stations, hotels and fast food restaurants. Venue layout deliberately disrupts patterns of social interaction which prevent sex from happening in other public places. The layout also shapes the sex that occurs. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1363-4607 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title Through a hole in the wall: Setting and interaction in sex-on-premises venues en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 3 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Sexualities en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 275-297 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 10 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Richters, Juliet, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Centre for Social Research in Health *
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