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Sociology Seminar with Phil Hubbard on Sexual Entertainment

Date: 26 February 2013 Time: 4.15pm to 6.00pm

Venue: Bowland North SR22

Phil Hubbard, University of Kent, Tuesday 26 February 2013, 4.15 to 6pm, Bowland North SR 22

Gender and the contestation of sexual entertainment in England and Wales

ABSTRACT: Despite important moves towards gender equality, it is claimed that 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 utilizing the powers of the Policing and Crime Act, 2009. This paper explores the arguments that have persuaded policy makers to refuse licenses 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 such an important target of feminist campaigning, situating this opposition in the context of long-standing debates about the sexualisation of the city.

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Applied Social Science, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Criminology, Sociology

Keywords: Gender, Gender and criminal justice, Gender and the law, Gender, sexuality and the law, Sexual ethics, Sexualities, sexuality, Women's studies


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