‘I Don’t Want to Think I Am a Prostitute’: Embodied Geographies of Men, Masculinities and Clubbing in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

  • Gordon Waitt
  • Kevin Markwell
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences book series (GSSS)


Insights into the relations between men, masculinities, travel and the gay tourism industry are typically ethnocentric, privileging Western perspectives (Waitt and Markwell, 2006). Our chapter addresses this ethnocentric bias by focusing on the narratives of men who live their lives as Indonesians — particularly those who have migrated to Bali having learnt of the commercial gay venues in the district of Seminyak. Bali is still not an internationally-recognised ‘gay destination’ akin to Mykonos in Greece or Sitges in Spain, yet the district of Seminyak, over the past decade or so, has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination for predominantly mature gay men who live their lives as gay in Europe, North America and Australia. Furthermore, many Indonesian men consider Seminyak a place of ’sexual freedom’. In this chapter, we explore the encounters of men who live their lives as Indonesian with those who become Western tourists in and through commercial nighttime economies sustained by the gay tourism industry. These nightclubs are pitched by the tourism industry as the centre of queer/gay life in Seminyak, Bali. Our aim is to provide what an embodied geographical perspective can offer to better understand the relationships between travel, men, masculinities and sexualities. We conceive nightclubs as always spatial, multiple, fluid, embodied, performative, in-the-making, unstable and endlessly differentiated.


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