SEXING THE MAINSTREAM
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Two of the most fundamental influences on nightlife over the last thirty years have been shifts in gender relations and the impact of gay and queer cultures. This chapter discusses young women and their changing experience of nightlife. It looks at the rise of gay bars, clubs, dance cultures and 'villages', and in particular how they have been pulled them towards the commercial mainstream. While the general 'sexualising' of urban nightlife is a positive trend, it is also important to remain aware of a range of continuing obstacles and problems raised in relation to young women and gay men and lesbian revellers. Gay men and lesbians generally only really experience dominant mainstream nightlife spaces as 'invisible gays'. While the effect of this growing female solidarity on young men is often threatening, with some anecdotal evidence of young women being assaulted for their lack of interest, it is also indicative of a deepening of female friendships.