Immoral geographies and Soho's sex shops: exploring spaces of sexual diversity in London

Sanders-McDonagh, Erin and Peyrefitte, Magali (2018) Immoral geographies and Soho's sex shops: exploring spaces of sexual diversity in London. Gender, Place and Culture, 25 (3) . pp. 351-367. ISSN 0966-369X [Article] (doi:10.1080/0966369X.2018.1453487)

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London's Soho, situated in the urban heart of the city has long been understood as both a cosmopolitan and diverse space where transgression and deviance, particularly in relation to the sex industry and sexual commerce, are constitutive of this area. Drawing on three years of ethnographic fieldwork, we add to some of the existing debates on sexual spaces in Soho by documenting the changes to the social/sexual landscape of sex shops in this area, and look to geographers interested in the spatial politics of gender and sexuality to understand the importance of this particular place. Looking at two particular sex shops in Soho, we argue that the spatial practices in this very specific part of the city encourage a disruption of traditional hierarchies that often govern gender and sexed practices, and invite women, LGBTQ and kink communities to inhabit more inclusive spaces of sexual citizenship.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 23976
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Gender, Place and Culture on 04 Apr 2018, available online:
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Depositing User: Magali Peyrefitte
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2018 17:31
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 20:08

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