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Conditional SpacesHong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life$
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Denise Tse-Shang Tang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083015

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083015.001.0001

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Consumption Spaces

Consumption Spaces

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(p.41) 2 Consumption Spaces
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Conditional Spaces
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Denise Tse-Shang Tang

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083015.003.0003

This chapter focuses on selected consumption spaces and their multiple characteristics in the everyday lives of the informants. It investigates how lesbian commercial spaces function as temporary sites of resistance for Hong Kong lesbians to validate their identities, form social networks, and question their political subjectivities. The chapter defines lesbian commercial spaces as businesses that primarily but not exclusively cater to biological women with lesbian desires, bisexual women, and transgender lesbians, through their marketing strategies, such as posting on lesbian websites or passing out flyers at lesbian events. These spaces include lesbian bars, upstairs cafés, and a lesbian-specialty store. Different from women-only spaces, these gendered spaces are not run for women by women, rather they do have customers or employees who identify as transgender or biologically male. High rental prices make it impossible for exclusively lesbian spaces to survive in an exceedingly competitive business environment such as that in the city of Hong Kong.

Keywords:   consumption spaces, Hong Kong lesbians, social networks, bisexual women, transgender lesbians

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