chapter  4
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Public sex

In the last chapter, the assumption that people can perform their sexualities freely in their home was questioned. It was shown that, contrary to expecta - tion, the state’s interests in sexuality often extend into the private bedroom, making ‘private morality’ a matter of ‘public concern’. Yet when the domestic realm does offer some respite from the intrusive gaze of the state and law, it was noted it can become a space where sexual violence and coercion can be practised with some degree of impunity. Homespaces are thus highly ambivalent spaces of sexual belonging, and while they can offer some shelter from dominant, heteronormative values, their emanicipatory potential remains doubtful.