chapter  1
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Introduction: Orientations

The ‘sex lines’ listed in this advert (Plate 1.1) from London’s free gay paper Boyz mark one way in which we can read the space of a city as sexed and sexualised: as Paul Hallam (1993) discusses in The Book of Sodom, London’s streets are a powerful source of (homo)erotic imagery. In one sense, then, the landscapes of desire which this book seeks to address are the eroticised topographies-both real and imagined-in which sexual acts and identities are performed and consummated. This book might not be the best or only way to ‘Discover the truth about sex in the city’, but it should at least provide an introduction to ways in which the spaces of sex and the sexes of space are being mapped out across the contemporary social and cultural terrain.