At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

Chapter 16: (It's Not All) Kylie Concerts, Exotic Cocktails and Gossip: The Appearance of Sexuality Through ‘Gay’ Asylum in the UK

(It's Not All) Kylie Concerts, Exotic Cocktails and Gossip: The Appearance of Sexuality Through ‘Gay’ Asylum in the UK

(It's not all) Kylie concerts, exotic cocktails and gossip: The appearance of sexuality through ‘gay’ asylum in the UK

In 2010 a landmark decision in the British Supreme Court'unanimously rejected the UK Border Agency's (UKBA) view that it could refuse asylum if it would be ‘reasonably tolerable’ for the applicant to avoid future persecution by concealing their sexual identity' (Gower, 2011: 1). This ruling, hailed as ‘a clear victory’ by gay rights campaigners (Canning cited in Geen, 2010, para. 9), included the paragraph:

[t]o illustrate the point with trivial stereotypical examples from British society: just as male heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and ...

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