Identities in Conflict
Edited By Flocel Sabate
Perversion, Urbanity and Homosexuals. Multidimensionality in the Sex Life of the City
José Antonio LANGARITA
Universitat de Girona
In this work, I hope to address the question of the construction of urban public space based on the critique of heterosexual logic and mount an analysis of the restrictions placed on sexual otherness and of the forms of control and stigmatization that derive from these restrictions. I hope to make an analysis of the sexualization processes of the city using the Spanish state as my principal point of reference. The urban space that manifests itself within the Spanish state isn’t so much a physical space as it is an ideological one1. It is an urban space that extends beyond simple architecture or the construction of buildings to contribute to the construction and defamation of ideas and truths themselves – a place in which legitimized conducts are predetermined along with an idea of which conducts should be supervised, sanctioned, and negated. Within these devalued conducts, one inarguably finds those which arise from shared desire between two people of the same sex.
This fact notwithstanding, absolute control based wholly and definitively on submission is a difficult exercise to carry out with an entire population2. No rule can be so strict and so absolute as to leave no room for its own violation. As Godelier points out, that which guarantees domination is not subjugation or violence against persons but the actual consent of the dominated to their domination, a consent which to a certain extent makes them cooperate...
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