The radically subversive space of the queer home: 'Safety House' and 'Neighbourhood Watch'

Kentlyn, Sue (2008). The radically subversive space of the queer home: 'Safety House' and 'Neighbourhood Watch'. In: Special Issue: Geographies of Sexuality and Gender ‘Down Under’. Proceedings. IAG 2007: Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2007. Specialist Session: Geographies of Sexuality and Gender "Down Under’", Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (327-337). 1-5 July, 2007. doi:10.1080/00049180802270523


Author Kentlyn, Sue
Title of paper The radically subversive space of the queer home: 'Safety House' and 'Neighbourhood Watch'
Conference name IAG 2007: Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2007. Specialist Session: Geographies of Sexuality and Gender "Down Under’"
Conference location Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Conference dates 1-5 July, 2007
Proceedings title Special Issue: Geographies of Sexuality and Gender ‘Down Under’. Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Australian Geographer   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2008
Year available 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1080/00049180802270523
ISSN 0004-9182
1465-3311
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 327
End page 337
Total pages 11
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In this account of how lesbian and gay male couples practise domestic labour, I demonstrate how the queer home figures as a safe space for the enactment of ‘outlaw’ sexuality and non-normative gender identity. If doing domestic labour is a way of doing femininity, then how these couples engage with it can be seen to illustrate their subversion of gendered norms. Although the ‘privacy’ of home is often seen as a guarantee of freedom from surveillance, the queer home is scrutinised by family, friends, neighbours, and the couples themselves, in relation to their homemaking practices and ways of doing ‘family’. I argue that what may appear as somewhat conservative ways of living and making identities—couple households doing domestic labour—become radically subversive when done by gay men and lesbians, making the queer home a crucial site for the construction and expression of queer identities, and the largely positive engagement with those identities of other social groups.
Subjects 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
Keyword Lesbian and gay couples
Home
Domestic labour
Gender performativity
Family
Safety and security
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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