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'The guys in there just expect to be laid': embodied and gendered socio-spatial practices of a 'night out' in Wollongong, Australia

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This article investigates intersections of sexuality, sex, femininities, and alcohol. The concept of spatially-situated subjectivity is deployed to examine how women negotiate their femininities and sexualities in and through spaces of a 'night out'. A mixed methods approach was deployed with young, single, white women in Wollongong, Australia. Drawing on narrative analysis, our research suggests the paradoxical qualities of pub spaces. We argue that where and why women drink is an outcome of negotiations, transgressions and accommodations as they reconcile a sense of self with(in) the gendered and heterosexed socio-spatial practice of particular pubs. In practical terms, corporeal femininities provide effective advice for ameliorating risks of regular intoxication.

Keywords: Australia; alcohol; narratives; sexuality; young women

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia 2: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, Australia

Publication date: 2011-04-01

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