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“Scary” heterosexualities in a rural Australian mining town

“Scary” heterosexualities in a rural Australian mining town
“Scary” heterosexualities in a rural Australian mining town
This paper draws upon Hubbard's (1999, p. 57) term ‘scary heterosexualities,’ that is non-normative heterosexuality, in the context of the rural drawing on data from fieldwork in the remote Western Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie. Our focus is ‘the skimpie’ – a female barmaid who serves in her underwear and who, in both historical and contemporary times, is strongly associated with rural mining communities. Interviews with skimpies and local residents as well as participant observation reveal how potential fears and anxieties about skimpies are managed. We identify the discursive and spatial processes by which skimpie work is contained in Kalgoorlie so that the potential scariness ‘the skimpie’ represents to the rural is muted and buttressed in terms of a more conventional and less threatening rural heterosexuality.
rural, heterosexuality, australia, sex-workers, mining
0743-0167
168-176
Pini, Barbara
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Mayes, Robyn
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Boyer, Kate
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Pini, Barbara
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Mayes, Robyn
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Boyer, Kate
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Pini, Barbara, Mayes, Robyn and Boyer, Kate (2013) “Scary” heterosexualities in a rural Australian mining town. Journal of Rural Studies, 32, 168-176.

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Abstract

This paper draws upon Hubbard's (1999, p. 57) term ‘scary heterosexualities,’ that is non-normative heterosexuality, in the context of the rural drawing on data from fieldwork in the remote Western Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie. Our focus is ‘the skimpie’ – a female barmaid who serves in her underwear and who, in both historical and contemporary times, is strongly associated with rural mining communities. Interviews with skimpies and local residents as well as participant observation reveal how potential fears and anxieties about skimpies are managed. We identify the discursive and spatial processes by which skimpie work is contained in Kalgoorlie so that the potential scariness ‘the skimpie’ represents to the rural is muted and buttressed in terms of a more conventional and less threatening rural heterosexuality.

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Published date: 2013
Keywords: rural, heterosexuality, australia, sex-workers, mining
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 356638
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/356638
ISSN: 0743-0167
PURE UUID: 4b3285b9-c187-47b3-bdd7-ca3d423b8464

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Date deposited: 11 Sep 2013 10:27
Last modified: 29 Sep 2017 17:07

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