Unwanted Sexual Attention in Licensed Venues: Considering LGBTIQ Young Adults' Experiences and Perceptions

19 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2016

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Bianca Fileborn

La Trobe University - Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society

Date Written: December 23, 2015

Abstract

English Abstract: Sexual violence within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities remains largely under-researched and under-theorised. Yet, emerging research suggests that sexual violence is a significant issue within the LGBTIQ communities. Additionally, the occurrence of sexual violence and unwanted sexual attention within specific social and cultural contexts is, for the most part, insufficiently examined. This article draws on research exploring young LGBTIQ adults’ perceptions and experiences of unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues. Firstly, I consider the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of ‘unwanted sexual attention’ as a category of analysis. I then move on to consider participants’ use of licensed venues, the particular significance of pubs and clubs to LGBTIQ young people, and their perceptions and experiences of unwanted sexual attention. Finally, I discuss the implications of these findings for theoretical and conceptual understandings of unwanted sexual attention and sexual violence.

Spanish Abstract: En general, se ha investigado y teorizado muy poco sobre la violencia sexual dentro de las comunidades de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgénero / transexuales, intersex y queer (LGBTIQ). Sin embargo, investigaciones recientes sugieren que la violencia sexual es un problema importante en estas comunidades. Además, la incidencia de la violencia sexual y atención sexual no deseada dentro de contextos sociales y culturales específicos no está, en su mayor parte, suficientemente examinada. Este artículo se basa en la investigación de la percepción y experiencias de atención sexual no deseada en locales con licencia para vender alcohol. En primer lugar, se tienen en cuenta los fundamentos teóricos y conceptuales de “atención sexual no deseada” como una categoría de análisis. A continuación, se considera el uso de locales con licencia por parte de los participantes, el significado particular de pubs y discotecas para jóvenes LGBTIQ, y sus percepciones y experiencias de atención sexual no deseada. Por último, se tratan las implicaciones de estos hallazgos para la comprensión teórica y conceptual de la atención sexual no deseada y la violencia sexual.

Keywords: Gender, sexual orientation, sexual violence, licensed venues, night time economy, LGBTIQ, Género, orientación sexual, violencia sexual, locales con licencia, economía nocturna, LGBTIQ

Suggested Citation

Fileborn, Bianca, Unwanted Sexual Attention in Licensed Venues: Considering LGBTIQ Young Adults' Experiences and Perceptions (December 23, 2015). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 5, No. 6, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707651

Bianca Fileborn (Contact Author)

La Trobe University - Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society ( email )

Level 2, 215 Franklin St
Melbourne
Australia

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