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Sexual Tourism and the Excitement of the Strange: Heterosexuality and the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade


Gail Mason


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Gary Lo


affiliation not provided to SSRN

May 5, 2009

Sexualities, Vol.2, No. 1, pp. 97-121, 2009
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/25

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The Sydney gay and lesbian Mardi Gras parade is one of the largest public celebrations of queer sexuality in the world today. This article seeks to understand the attraction of the Mardi Gras parade for heterosexual spectators who feel ambivalent or negative towards homosexuality. Drawing upon the concepts of 'the stranger' and 'the tourist' we suggest that the parade has several liminoid features that enable these spectators to momentarily suspend sexual norms that would otherwise inhibit them from attending. In this way, the parade provides an almost ideal opportunity for the ambivalent sexual tourist to experience the pleasure of the strange.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: sexuality, homophobia, violence

JEL Classification: K10, K30

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Date posted: May 5, 2009  

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Mason, Gail and Lo, Gary, Sexual Tourism and the Excitement of the Strange: Heterosexuality and the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade (May 5, 2009). Sexualities, Vol.2, No. 1, pp. 97-121, 2009; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/25. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1399245

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Gail F. Mason (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Gary Lo
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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