chapter  2
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The moral geographies of sex

While there is a close association between sex and the city, in the last chapter it was stressed that the city is not, and never has been, a homogeneous sexual space. To the contrary, it has created the possibility of differently sexualized bodies, practices and identities co-existing in time and space. This coexistence, and the coming-together of difference, has generated multiple opportunities for sexual encounter:

Cities have been traditionally defined on the basis of their seemingly infinite population, celebrated diversity and unconventionality, and anonymity among strangers liberated from the constraining influences of small-town social mores. For many urban denizens, the city and its never-ending flow of anonymous visitors suggests a sexualized marketplace governed by transactional relations and expectations of personal non-commitment, particularly in downtown entertainment zones where nightclubs, bars and cocktail lounges are concentrated.